Whoever loves God
should also love His messenger, Muhammad,
his own spiritual teacher
and his own life.
He also loves food and drink
which extends his life
that he may spend in obedience [to God].
He loves women
so that the progeny will not be interrupted.
He loves silver and gold
so that through them he can attain to food and drink.
He loves the cold, and the heat,
the snow and the rain
Heaven and Earth
since if not for them, sustenance would not grow.
Like this, he also loves the farmer.
He loves the Heaven and the Earth
since they are God's handcraft:
A lover loves the handwriting
and every action of the Beloved.
All the creatures are His handcraft and action.
Loving them for the sake of following His love
is no polytheism.
(Ayn al-Qozat Hamadani)
By Gai Eaton (Author)
From 1978 to 1996, the late Gai Eaton gave a series of talks on BBC Radio about Islam and its role in contemporary society and this account features 86 of these talks—variously titled “Reflections,” “Words of Faith,” and “Pause for Thought.” Providing a beautifully clear and accessible introduction to Islam’s central tenets, principles, and practices, this book utilizes wisdom, humanity, and humor to teach those interested in a spiritual approach to life.