quotes tagged with 'islam'
Author: Ibrahim ibn Adham, Source: Unknown
We are living in such sweetness that if kings knew about it, they would fight us over it with their swords.
Author: Syed Sheikh Ninowy, Source: Unknown
We have a message, and our message is a message of mercy and love and hope. That really is the message of Islam. But let me warn myself and you. If we can't practice that within ourselves, we are in no position of trying to even pretend to lead others to this religion. We are only driving them away sometimes, unless Allah's care takes them and brings them to us. That's the fact.
Highly characteristic of the hierocentric doctrine [of the old sacral state] is an utter abhorrence of all that lies outside the system. The world inevitably falls into two parts, the heavenly kingdom and the outer darkness, a world of monsters and abortions. Whoever is not of the frithr is a nithung, without rights and without humanity. All who do not willingly submit to Alexander or Constantine are, according to Dio Chrysostom and Eusebius, mad beasts to be hunted down and exterminated. For the Roman, all the world is either ager pacatus or ager hosticus, says Varro,5 the only alternative to submission being outrageous rebellion. Anyone who resents the Roman yoke is a guilty slave, says Claudian, who should be consumed by remorse of conscience.6 For the Moslem, all the world is either Dār-al-Islām or Dār-al-Ḥarb, the latter being any spot in the world that has refused to pay tribute and thereby made itself guilty of rebellion, because everything in the world without exception is the legitimate property of the Moslems.7 We have already noted the claim of the khans that whoever resisted them were guilty of crime against God. To Attila, those who resisted his yoke were runaway slaves,8 and the Assyrian kings constantly declare that whoever will not take and keep an oath to them must needs be exterminated as "wicked people" and "rebels." In a word, "the world without the 'Kingdom' remains in its state of primordial rebellion," and all who do not recognize the divine king are truly "children of destruction.Author: Hugh Nibley, Source: "The Hierocentric State," 244–45; in CWHN 10:123