bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

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All Mystics Value All Paths.

"Every single human being was a unique and unrepeatable revelation of one of God's hidden attributes, and the only God one will ever know is the Divine Name inscribed on our innermost self.  This vision of a personal Lord was conditioned by the faith tradition into which a person was born.  Thus the mystic must see all faiths as equally valid, and is at home in a synagogue, mosque, temple or church, for, as God says in the Quran: "Wheresoever ye turn, there is the face of Allah."

                Karen Armstrong, summarizing the views of
                Muid ad-Din ibn al-Arabi (d, 1240)
                Islam: A Short History - Karen Armstrong - Google Books ,p 92.
Tags: mysticism, sufism, toward compassion
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