I have been “Tagged” by br. darvish for a book meme tag, and the rules are as follows.
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages); 2. Open the book to page 123; 3. Find the 5th Sentence. 4. Post the next 3 sentences; 5. Tag 5 people. The choice of book nearest to me was the Master of The Jinn by Irving Krachmar, which I am enjoying now, but Br Irving beat me to it so I had to pick another book next to it which is titled “Mystical dimensions of Islam” by the late “Annmarie Schimmel” may Allah bless her soul. Here are the 3 sentences of page 123 of “Mystical dimensions of Islam”:
” For ‘Attar poverty and annihilation constitute the seventh and the last vale on the path leading to God, after the traveler has traversed the valleys of search, love, gnosis, independence, tauhid, and bewilderment (MT). Along this line of interpretations a phrase was invented that belongs among the standard sayings of later Sufism: al-faqr idha tamma huwa Allah, “when faqr becomes perfect (complete), it is God”. The heart annihilated with absolute poverty, lives in the eternal richness of God, or, rather, absolute poverty becomes absolute richness.” Page 123