The 1001 Tales of Indiana Josh

Every heart in which
the light of love shines–
whether worshiper in a mosque
or member of a church–
and those who write their names
in the book of passion
are liberated from hell
and free of paradise.

I am not suited to the mosque
nor fitted to the church
The Lord knows
what he made my clay from.
I am like an atheist mystic
or an ugly prostitute:
Neither religion nor worldliness,
and no hope of paradise.

Omar Khayyám (trans. Juan Cole)


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