O precious soul,
this longing will make you pure.
O sacred body,
this longing will make you thin.
O great one,
The fire of love that you burn in
Will turn your world into paradise.
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.
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
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)
My God, how could you drive away a poor beggar who seeks refuge in you from sins, fleeing to you? (Dua al Sabah)
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