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And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace,
And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing in prayer



n 4563 : , Islam
Source : Quran AL FURQAN 25.63-64  

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We have no freedom to achieve our goal
Until from Self and fools we free the soul.
To be admitted past the veil you must
Be dead to all the crowd considers just
Once past the veil you understand the Way
From which the crowd's glib courtier blindly stray
If you have any will, leave women's stories,
And even if this search for hidden glories
Proves blasphemy at last, be sure our quest
Is not mere talk but an exacting test.
The fruit of love's great tree is poverty
Whoever knows this knows humility



n 4527 : , (1119 - 1230?), saint and mystic, Islam, Sufism
Source : The Conference of the Birds  

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A sluggard once approached a fasting saint
And, baffled by dispair, maded this complaint:
"The devil is a highwayman, a thief,
Who's ruined me and robbed me of belief."
The saint replied: "Young man, the devil too
Has made his way here to complain - of you.
'My province is the world,' I heard him say;
'Tell this new pilgrim of God's holy Way
To keep his hands off what is mine - if I
Attack him it's because his fingers pry
In my affairs; if he will leave me be,
He's no concern of mine and can go free'."



n 4526 : , (1119 - 1230?), saint and mystic, Islam, Sufism
Source : The Conference of the Birds, p99  

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An old, sad woman talked to Mahna's Sheikh:
"Teach me to pray for joy, for pity's sake -
I've suffered so much that I cannot bear
To think of future grief - give me some prayer
To murmur every day." The sheikh replied:
"How many years I wondered far and wide
Until I found the fortress that you seek -
It is the knee, bend it, accept, be meek;
I found no other way - this remedy,
And only this, will cure you of your misery."



n 4525 : , (1119 - 1230?), saint and mystic, Islam, Sufism
Source : The Conference of the Birds, p123  

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God said to Moses once: "Go out and find
The secret truth that haunts the devil's mind."
When Moses met the devil that same day
He asked for his advice and heard him say:
"Remember this, repeat it constantly,
Don't speak of 'me', or you will be like me."
If life still holds you by a single hair,
The end of your toil will be dispair;
No matter how you prosper, there will rise
Before your face a hundred smirking "I"s.



n 4524 : , (1119 - 1230?), saint and mystic, Islam, Sufism
Source : The Conference of the Birds, p150.  

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Until this dog, the Self, can be subdued
Our life is folly endlessly renewed



n 4523 : , (1119 - 1230?), saint and mystic, Islam, Sufism
Source : The Conference of the Birds, p96  

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A man who lived by digging graves survived
To ripe old age. A neighbour said: "You've thrived
For years, digging away in one routine -
Tell us the strangest thing you've ever seen."
He said: "All things considered, what's most strange
Is that for seventy years without a change
That dog, my self, has seen me digging graves,
Yet neither dies, nor alters, nor behaves!"



n 4522 : , (1119 - 1230?), saint and mystic, Islam, Sufism
Source : The Conference of the Birds, p96  

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Call on your Lord with humility and in private.



n 4371 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 7.55  

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So remember the name of thy Lord and devote thyself with complete devotion.



n 4370 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 73.1-8  

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Establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the approaches
of the night: for those things that are good remove those that are evil.
This is a word of remembrance to those who remember.



n 4368 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 11.114  

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Prayer restrains one from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of
God is the greatest thing in life, without doubt.



n 4367 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 29.45  

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He is the Living One; there is no god but He: call upon Him, giving Him
sincere devotion. Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds!



n 4341 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 40.65  

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If you are in any doubt concerning what We have sent down to you, then
question those who have read the Book before you; Truth has come to you
from your Lord, so do not be a waverer; do not be someone who rejects
God's signs, so you be a loser.



n 4335 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 10.94-95  

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And they say, "Be Jews or Christians and you shall be guided."
Say, "Nay, rather the creed of Abraham, a man of pure faith; he was no
idolator." Say you, "We believe in God, and in that which has been sent
down on us and sent down on Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac and Jacob, and the
Tribes, and that which was given to Moses and Jesus and the Prophets; of
their Lord; we make no division between any of them, and to Him we
surrender."



n 4333 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 2.130-36  

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The true believers are those whose hearts are filled with awe at the
mention of God, and whose faith grows stronger as they listen to His
revelations. They put their trust in their Lord, pray steadfastly, and
give in alms of that which We have given them. Such are the true
believers. They shall be exalted and forgiven by their Lord, and a
generous provision shall be made for them.



n 4327 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 8.2-4  

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O man! Verily you are ever toiling on towards your Lord--painfully
toiling--but you shall meet Him.... You shall surely travel from stage to
stage.



n 4324 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 84.6, 19  

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God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The parable of His Light
is as if there were a Niche,
and within it a Lamp;
the Lamp enclosed in Glass:
The Glass as it were a brilliant star:
Lit from a blessed Tree,
an olive neither of the East nor of the West,
Whose oil is well-nigh luminous,
though fire scarce touched it.
Light upon Light!
God guides whom He will to His Light:
God sets forth parables for men, and God knows all things.



n 4295 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 24.35  

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Those who believe will stand alongside [the Prophet], their light
streaming on ahead of them and to their right. They will say, "Our Lord,
perfect our light for us, and forgive us!"



n 4291 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 66.8  

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And verily We shall try you until We know those of you who really strive and are steadfast, and until We test your record.



n 4281 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 47.31  

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Evil and good are not equal, even though the abundance of evil may amaze you; so heed God, you men of wits, so that you may prosper!



n 4280 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 5.100  

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The life of this world is but comfort of illusion.



n 4274 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 3.185  

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Those who have said, "Our Lord is God," then have gone straight, upon them the angels descend, saying, "Fear not, neither sorrow; rejoice in Paradise that you were promised. We are your friends in the present life and in the world to come; therein you shall have all that your souls desire..."



n 4257 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 41.30-31  

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Hell will lurk in ambush
to receive home the arrogant,
who will linger there for ages.
They will taste nothing cool in it nor any drink
except hot bathwater and slops,
a fitting compensation
since they have never expected any reckoning
and have wittingly rejected Our signs.
Everything We have calculated in writing.
"So taste! Yet We shall only increase torment for you!"



n 4253 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 78.21-30  

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All who obey God and the Apostle are in the company of those on whom is the grace of God--of the Prophets who teach, the sincere lovers of Truth, the witnesses [martyrs] who testify, and the righteous who do good: Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!



n 4249 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 4.69  

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And those Foremost [in faith] will be Foremost [in the hereafter].
These will be those nearest to God;
In Gardens of Bliss;
A number of people from those of old,
and a few from those of later times.
They will be on thrones encrusted, reclining on them, facing each other.
Round about them will serve youths of perpetual freshness,
with goblets, shining beakers, and cups filled out of clear-flowing fountains;
No after-ache will they receive therefrom, nor will they suffer intoxication;
And with fruits, any that they may select,
And the flesh of fowls, any that they may desire.
And there will be companions with beautiful, big and lustrous eyes,
Like unto pearls well-guarded:
A reward for the deeds of their past life.
No frivolity will they hear therein, nor any taint of ill,
Only the saying "Peace! Peace!"



n 4246 : , Islam
Source : Qur'an 56.10-27  

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