|—||Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (AS)|
We must assume that there are certain lessons to be drawn from love, or else we remain happy to repeat our errors indefinitely, like flies that drive themselves insane butting their heads against windowpanes, unable to understand that though the glass may look clear, it cannot be flown through.
Serenity in the masjid courtyard
Have you ever seen brown eyes in the sun? You don’t always notice it at first but you’ll see that ‘brown’ no longer describes them. They melt into golden rays, circling an eclipse. There’s nothing boring about brown eyes, not even when the later hours encroach; they just turn into a sunset of their own.
Baudelaire describes an incident where a man spends the day walking around Paris with a woman he feels ready to fall in love with. They agree on so many things that by the evening, he is convinced he has found a companion with whose soul his own may unite. Thirsty, they head to a glamorous cafe on the corner of a boulevard, where the man notices the arrival of an impoverished, working class family who have come to gaze through the plate-glass window of the cafe at the elegant guests and gilded decor. The eyes of these poor on-lookers are full of wonder at the display of wealth and beauty inside, and their expression fills the narrator with pity and shame at his privileged position. He turns to look at his beloved in hope of seeing his embarrassment and emotion reflected in her eyes. But the woman with whose soul his own was prepared to unite has a different agenda. She snaps that these wretches with their wide, gaping eyes are unbearable to her, she wonders what on earth they want and demands him to ask the owner to have them moved right away.
Though we are impressed to find so many of our ideals manifested within a person, we cannot help to notice aspects of personality that quietly go against what we expected.
من و کبوتر و حرم - علیمی
If you consider it as probable only, even then should it not be sufficient to drive us to woods like the mad? What is the reason for our complacence and ignorance? Have the angels of God given us the tidings of being exempted from this punishment as they had given one to the Prophet (S) and Gabriel? Whereas the Prophet (S) and the friends of God could not be oblivious of the fear of God till the ends of their lives. They could not eat and sleep properly because of that fear. Look at the life of Imam ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn (A), whose weeping and moanings, lamentations and supplications melted human hearts. What is wrong with us that we do not feel ashamed? Even in our supplications to God, we so much violate and insult Divine principles, that a thousand pities on our thoughtlessness! Have pity on yourself and the extremity of the pangs of death. Again a thousand pities on our condition in Barzakh, the agonies of the Hereafter, and the Doomsday and its darkness! How pitiable are we who have to face the horrors of hell and its chastisement!
-Imam Khomeini (RA)
The old mixed with the new, architectural magic for me! London, St. Paul’s.