Borrowed Robes

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) said, “Why does a date-palm lose its leaves in autumn?  Why does every beautiful face grow in old age; wrinkled like the back of a Libyan lizard?  Why does a full head of hair get bald?  Why is the tall, straight figure that divided the ranks like a spear now bent almost double?  Why is it that the lion’s strength weakens to nothing?  The wrestler who could hold anyone down is led out with two people supporting him; their shoulders under his arms!  God Answers, ‘They put on borrowed robes and pretended they were theirs.  I Take the beautiful clothes back, so that you will learn the robe of appearance is only a loan.’”


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