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Shaykh Hasan al Basri: I asked a child, walking with a candle

Shaykh Hasan al Basri: I asked a child, walking with a candle
Photo: Gypsies walk through the-streets of Iran; 1921.

I asked a child, walking with a candle, 
"From where comes that light?"

Instantly he blew it out. 
"Tell me where it is gone -- 
then I will tell you where it came from." 

(Shaykh Hasan al-Basri)
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