Monday, November 20, 2006

Attainment of Perfection

The Arabic word for ginger is zanjabil. It is said to have a property that is heating or warming, strengthening to the venereal faculty, clearing to the phlegm, sharpening to the intellect and exhilarating. The first cup of the love of God is spoken of in v.5, as being tempered with camphor and bringing about suppression of evil, and this second cup is now spoken of as strengthening and exhilarating, i.e., enabling man to perform great and noble deeds. The love of God thus not only suppresses the evil inclinations of man, but also enables him to attain a still higher stage of spiritual advancement, giving him the strength to perform wonderful deeds of self-sacrifice.

Commentary on Chapter 76, Al-Insan: The Man, Section 1: Attainment of Perfection, The Holy Qur'an

3 Comments:

Blogger Dunia's Stranger said...

hmmm... how do u reconcile this latest post ..."The love of God thus not only suppresses the evil inclinations of man, but also enables him to attain a still higher stage of spiritual advancement, giving him the strength to perform wonderful deeds of self-sacrifice."

with a quote from one of your favorite movies..."I am the all-singing, all-dancing crap of this world.... I am the toxic waste by-product of God's creation"

do i detect doublethink?

7:16 pm  
Blogger zanjabil said...

As salamu alaykum.

As Nelson Mandela once said, "I may read Mein Kamp, Das Kapital and Winnie the Pooh. So what does that make me?" You can appreciate someone else's creative vision without "agreeing" with every moment.

But point taken. Since turning to Islam, my interest in films and music has weakened.

12:30 am  
Blogger Dunia's Stranger said...

I dont think I was trying to criticize your selection of 'fight club' as a favorite movie. Its one of mine as well for different reasons.

I think I understand what your trying to mean by the Mandela quote but I would never put Mein Kam as a favorite book of mine, but admitting that you've read something is different than saying that it is a favorite of yours.

anyways, nice site. ma'salaam.

1:59 am  

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