Photo: Woman from Morocco by Besancenot Jean, 1939.
On Resurrection Day, the sun and moon are released from service:
and the eye beholds the Source of their radiance,
then it discerns the permanent possession from the loan,
and this passing caravan from the abiding home.
If for a while a wet nurse is needed,
Mother, return us to your breast.
I don’t want a nurse; my Mother is more fair.
I am like Moses whose nurse and Mother were the same.
'When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra: Talks on Sufism'By Shems Friedlander (Author)
A collection of Sufi wisdom by a 'Baba' of the Jerrahi Halveti Sufi order. The order itself originates from Turkey and during Ottoman times was followed by large numbers of civil servants of the Ottoman government. The order currently has a large following in Turkey and also in the west, primarily in the United States with a limited following mostly amongst Turkish ex-pats living in Europe.
The book is written in the typical 'teaching form' of Sufi text including Sufi sage wisdom regarding good conduct in daily life, amongst 'fellow dervishes' and towards a 'Sheikh' The book is intended to make the reader reconsider how he/she sees the world and themselves and reflect upon what is beyond the mundane in life.
It is a fascinating book that is worth tracking down even for the curious non-Muslim wishing to know a little more about the spiritual side of the Muslim faith.