“… If you think God is what the different communities believe—the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, polytheists and others—He is that, but also more. If you think and believe what the prophets, saints and angels profess—He is that, but he is still more. None of his creatures worships him in his entirety. No one is an infidel in all the ways relating to God. No one knows all God’s facets. Each of his creatures worships and knows him in a certain way and is ignorant of Him in others. Error does not exist in this world except in a relative manner.”
~ Emir Abd al-Kadir
Prayer Rug of Emir Abd al-Kader
“I can’t believe that,” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the Queen said, in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
~ Lewis Carroll
Those who know
The million million colors and forms
Spring from one color, one form,
Pay no attention whatsoever
To castes or division.
Those who do not recognize God
Those who give their hearts
To anything but God
Those who enthuse about the Scriptures
They die too –
They adore the words
But never realize
The Spirit behind them.
All they go about doing, in fact,
Is applying makeup
To eyes blind with prejudice –
O Sheikh Tazi, realize
Once and for all
The Lord of Eternity lives
In every pot.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~ St. Francis of Assisi
Love came and spread like blood in my veins and the skin of me.
It filled me with the Friend and completely emptied me.
The Friend has taken over all parts of my existence.
Only my name remains, as all is He.
~ Hazrat Amir Khusraw