Fleeing from Love

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi (q.s.) wrote: 

“Are you fleeing from love because of a single humiliation?

What do you know of love except the name?

Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,

And is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.

Since love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:

It has no interest in a disloyal companion.

The human being resembles a tree;

Your root is a covenant with God:

That root must be cherished with all one’s might.

A feeble covenant is a rotten root, without grace or fruit.

Though the boughs and leaves of the date palm are green,

Greenness brings no benefit if the root is corrupt.

If a branch is without green leaves, yet has a good root,

A hundred leaves will put forth their hands in the end.”


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