'Akif Balkhī
Sayyid 'Akif Balkhī. 19.

Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo, Syria in 1940

"My lover asks me:
“What is the difference between me and the sky?”
The difference, my love,
Is that when you laugh,
I forget about the sky."
-

Nizar Qabbani

Fire temple in a Zoroastrian chapel (top) and Offerings in a Zoroastrian chapel consisting of lettuce, vegetables, fruit, and flowers (bottom); photographs by Inge Morath, Yazd, Iran, c. 1956. 

The ātashkadeh (fire temple) is the Zoroastrian place of worship, and always has a continually tended, burning fire. Fire is extremely important to the Zoroastrian faith — it is a component of purity rituals and prayers (the Zoroastrian prayers are to be recited while facing a source of light, preferably the fire) and it is considered a symbol of the divine. 

(Source: touba)

If not for my sighs, these tears would drown me

If not for these tears, my sighs would scorch me

- Ibn al-Fāriḍ

Water says to the dirty, “Come here.”

The dirty one says, “But I am so ashamed.”

Water says, “How will you be made clean without me?”

Mawlānā Rūmī


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A drawing of the different schools of law (maḏāhib) in Islam (both extant and extinct) and how they are all equally connected to the pure Source of the Sharīʿah, and are therefore all equal. Drawn by Shaykh Alī al-Khawwas. (source)

— Friedrich Schiller

اِلـهي كَيْفَ تَطْرُدُ مِسْكيناً الْتَجَأَ اِلَيْكَ مِنَ الذُّنُوبِ هارِباً

My God, how could you drive away a poor beggar who seeks refuge in you from sins, fleeing to you? (Dua al Sabah)

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.أحمد ذكى

You invite in a witness when you want to speak well of yourselves; and when you have misled him into thinking well of you, you then think well of yourselves.

It is not only he who speaks contrary to what he knows who lies, but even more he who speaks contrary to what he does not know. And thus you speak of yourselves in your dealing with others and deceive your neighbor with yourselves.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Believers are numerous, but belief is one.

Bodies are many, but the soul is one.

-  Mawlānā Rūmī

"I didn’t know you were the eye inside of me
You were a secret essence both in body and soul
I asked you show me a symbol of you in this world
Suddenly I realized you were the whole universe."
-Yunus Emre
"He who cannot obey himself will be commanded."
-Friedrich Nietzsche