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Unformatted text preview: t old cars. He was referring to my car! I know because he was looking at me." Such thoughts occupy the mind of this poor person all the time." An old adage says, "Either the times obey you, or you obey the times." I remember that a Bedouin, from amongst my friends, used
285 Run away from problems! 41 to repeat this maxim he had learnt from his grandfather whenever I would speak to him philosophically. He would take a deep breath and say, "O Shaykh! The hand you cannot twist, you must shake!" If you think about it, you will find that this saying is correct. For if we do not get used to tolerance and letting things go, or in other words, pretending not to notice and not drowning ourselves in what other people mean or think, we would find our lives very difficult. The leader of a people is not the one who is foolish The leader of a people is the one who pretends to be foolish A young man once came to his Shaykh to ask his help in choosing a wife who would be his life-partner. The Shaykh said, "What are the qualities you want in your wife?" He replied, "She has to be good looking, tall, with lustrous hair and a beautiful scent. She should cook delicious food and talk sweetly. Someone when I look at her, she pleases me, and when I am away, she safeguards herself in my absence. She should not disobey me, and I shouldn't have to fear her evil. She must also take pride in religion and enjoy wisdom." The man continued to mention all the good qualities in women that he would like to see in that one woman. When the Shaykh thought he had heard too much, he said to the man, "My son, I know a person who fits the description." He replied, "Where?"
286 Run away from problems! 41 The Shaykh said, "In Paradise, with the permission of Allah. As for this world, then you must learn to be tolerant!" Yes! You must learn to be tolerant in this world. Do not torture yourself by looking for problems and arguments,...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Professorsunni during the Spring '12 term at N.C. State.
- Spring '12