“In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is illumined nothing,
where ecstasy gets poured into itself and becomes lost,
where the wing is fully alive but has no mind or body?
In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church
that dissolve, that dissolve in God.”
—By Rabia of Basra (c. 717-801) who is considered the most popular and influential female Muslim saint in the Sufi tradition. Born nearly 500 years before Maulana Jalaludin Rumi, she perhaps more than any other poet is said to have influenced his writing.
My two favourite nations on earth will always be Bosnia and Iraq.
I have such a tremendous respect for the nations, their histories, the things they suffered, and their perseverance through it all. I hope to someday have an ounce of the strength of the Bosnian and Iraqi peoples.