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Falls Into His Own Trap

Qārūn was very proud of his wealth and property; it was more than he could stomach when his cousin, the venerable Moses, began calling his people to Allāh.  Jealousy and envy prevented him from believing in the Prophethood of Allāh’s Converser.  He went to a prostitute and said: “Listen to me.  Tomorrow, Moses will be … Continue reading

The Love

There was a monarch once of seven lands, A second Alexander, whose commands Sent armies forth from pole to pole, whose might Eclipsed the splendour of the moon at night He had a minister whose wise advice Was well-informed, sagacious and precise. This minister was father to a son, A beauteous youth, a peerless paragon; … Continue reading

RUMI: Turning Ecstatic

In the first years of the Twenty-first Century the spiritual influence of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi is being strongly felt by people of diverse beliefs throughout the Western world. He is being recognized here in the West, as he has been for seven centuries in the Middle East and Western Asia, as one of the greatest … Continue reading

Bayazid al-Bastami on Humility

There was a certain ascetic who was one of the great saints of Bestam. He had his own followers and admirers, and at the same time he was never absent from the circle of Bayazid al-Bastami . He listened to all his discourses, and sat with his companions. One day he remarked to Abu Yazid, … Continue reading