In the initial stages, a spiritual student is not accountable for his thoughts and fantasies, provided he does not act on them. But when he reaches higher levels, even the thought of such fantasies is harmful and will be counted against him... Once a spiritual student has reached such a level, he is capable of cleansing and purifying his heart of any undesirable trait - meaning that his heart automatically becomes clean and pure - so that no rancor, jealousy, pessimism, or the like remains. Because his heart is now pure and no longer tainted, thoughts and fantasies will be counted against him as a flaw. The heart of a true student is so pure and delicate that it can be washed and dried instantly, like a fine silk handkerchief.
(Malak Jan Nemati)
'Art of Islam, Language and Meaning: Commemorative Edition'
By Titus Burckhardt (Author)
Called the definitive book on Islamic Art by S.H. Nasr, this beautifully illustrated masterpiece published in the U.S. for the first time is presented in a revised, full colour, commemorative edition containing 285 new colour photos and a new Introduction. Burckhardt provides an in-depth analysis of Islamic architecture, from Spain and Morocco to Persia and India and examines Koranic calligraphy and illumination, arabesque, carpets, rugs, Persian miniatures, and much more. The author of more than 22 books, Burckhardt was an expert on Islam, Sufism, and Islamic arts & crafts and worked for many years as a UNESCO expert helping to preserve the historic old city of Fez, Morocco.