He is that, but also more.

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“… 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

Abd al-Kader Prayer Rug

Prayer Rug of Emir Abd al-Kader

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Can’t You?

Possible

 “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

 

No Ordinary Sermon

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SONYA KASSAM

It was no ordinary sermon…
Once his words were heard
whose heart would fail to soften
which life remains untouched?

He advised that words
until uttered
they remain in your control.
and surely silence can be
the most eloquent of replies.
look at what is being said
rather than who speaks it.
the tongue created so light
yet it has the power to devastate.
your secret is your prisoner
which if let loose
will instead make you its prisoner.
speak the truth
even if it be against you.
ask so that you may understand
and not in order to find fault.
speak only when your words
are more beautiful than silence.

And of anger
which is like a ball of fire
but if swallowed
is sweeter than honey.
he who angers you
controls you.
camels carry heavy loads
real strength lies with he
who controls his temper.
and be aware…

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In Every Pot

Path

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
Die;
Those who give their hearts
To anything but God
Die;
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.

~ Kabir