December 7, 2005

Deep Thought

Posted in Randumb at 11:11 pm by Iram

Hope is the heart’s attachment to something it loves that will transpire in the future, just as fear relates to what will take place in the future. Therefore hope applies to something one expects to come about. The heart is enlivened by hope; it carries the heart’s burdens. The distinction between hope and wishing for something is that wishing makes one lazy.  One who only wishes for something will never put forth effort or serious intent [to achieve it].  The opposite is true for one who has hope.  Hope is a commendable trait, but wishing for something is a deficiency in men.

Excerpt from ‘Principles of Sufism’ by al Qushayri (transl. B.R. von Schlegell)

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