Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Speak to me, oh Aishah!"

"No one degrades women except vile and contemptible men."

"I was made to love three things from your world: women, perfume, and the comfort my eye is in prayer."

- Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

"Made attractive to men is love of desires...
God has made (woman) attractive, so how can men escape her?
Even if a man is Rustam and greater than
Hamza, still he is captive to his old women's command.
The Prophet, to whose speech the whole world
Was enslaved, used to say, "Speak to me, oh Aishah"
The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of heart
But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by the ferocity of animals.
They have no kindness, gentleness, or love.
Since animality dominates their nature ...
She is the radiance of God, she is not your beloved. She is the Creator -
you could say she is not created."
Maulana Rumi

Ibn Arabi writes:
"In relation to the Prophet, women are as the Universal Nature is to God in which He revealed the forms of the Cosmos by directing toward it the divine will and command, which, at the level of elemental forms, is symbolized by copulation ... Whoever loves a women this way loves with divine love, while he whose love for them is limited to natural lust lacks all true knowledge of that desire ...
... a man is really in love with pleasure itself and, in consequence, loves its repository in women, the real truth and meaning of the act being lost on him. If he knew the truth, he would know whom it is he is enjoying and who it is who is the enjoyer; then would he be perfected."

The preceding text are quotations that Hamza Yusuf used in his scholarly piece titled: Climbing Mount Purgatorio, which was presented at a conference on the harmful effects of pornography.

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