The planning of The Almighty is better for you than your own planning, and He could deprive you from what you ask to test your patience. So let Him see from you a determined patience and you will soon see from Him what will give you joy. And when you have cleaned the paths of answering (supplication) from the stains of sin and have been patient about what He has chosen for you, then everything that happens to you is better for you whether you were given or deprived of what you have requested.
—  Ibn Al-Jawzee

A silver-inlaid brass tray, of shallow form with scalloped cavetto and narrow flattened rim, inlaid in silver with calligraphic bands of naskh, the centre with two interlaced equilateral triangles within a circle against a ground filled with arabesques and crescent moons, the rim with naskh bands interrupted by crescent motifs, silver inlay refreshed.

Khurasan, 12th-13th century

Round the rim:

al-‘izz wa al-iqbal wa al-dawla wa al-sa’a / da wa al-salama wa al-‘i[n]aya…/ … wa al-qina’a wa al-kira / ma wa al-kirama wa al-shifa’a wa al-ta / mma wa a … wa al-‘inaya wa al-ta /mma wa al-salama wa al-baqa da [‘ima] li-sahibihi

‘Glory and Prosperity and Wealth and Happiness and Well-being and Favour (of God) … and Contentment and Generosity and Generosity and Intercession (of the Prophet) and Entirety and …. And Favour (of God) and Entirety and Well-being and Long-life to its owner for ever.’

Inside:

al-‘izz wa al-iqbal wa al-dawla wa al-sa’ada wa a /l-salama wa al-‘i[n]aya wa …

‘Glory and Prosperity and Wealth and Happiness and Well-being and Favour (of God) and …’

anonymous said:

What are your thoughts/response to this. Someone on my Facebook posted an info-graphic: "Nobody thinks that these people are representative of Christians" (picture of Ku Klux Klan). Followed by, "So why do so many think these people are representative of Muslims?" (picture of ISIS/Hamas). I can't help but feel this person is a ridiculously naive, left wing, wet fish. In no way am I racist, and I treat everyone I meet with respect and honesty, but WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE?

Can everyone please stop fucking acting like Islam is a race? It’s not. Do not be afraid to criticise an ideology. You wouldn’t be afraid to criticise Nazism would you? No. Be brave and stand up to them.

Anyway, thanks for the message :) I agree with you, there is absolutely no equivalence here. These people who are demonising Christians (and bringing up centuries old religious conflicts to do so) forget that Christians aren’t the ones beheading people and torturing them. They aren’t the ones forcing women to be second-class citizens. They aren’t the ones who believe that terrorism is acceptable and justified. They aren’t the ones who want to slaughter the Jews. Christianity has moved past the barbarism of the past, and has consistently denounced it for 2,000 years. After 1,400 years of conquest, slavery, rape, slaughter and oppressive policies, Islam has not.

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Flask with Zodiac medallions, Iran, Kashan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This vessel takes the form of a pilgrim’s flask, which has four lugs to attach cords for carrying it. All twelve of the Zodiac signs appear on its molded medallions, but the fact that Gemini and Sagittarius appear in the center suggest that it was made to commemorate a specific event, perhaps a marriage or the birth of a child.

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