Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
Prayer carries us half way to God, fasting brings us to the door of his palace, and alms-giving procures us admission.
There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
– The Koran
We charge no soul with more than it can bear.
– The Koran
A SERMON OF MOHAMMED.
When God made the earth, it shook to and fro till He put mountains on it to keep it firm. Then the angels asked, “O God, is there anything in Thy creation stronger than these mountains?” And God replied, “Iron is stronger than the mountains, for it breaks them.” “And is there anything in Thy creation stronger than iron?” “Yes, fire is stronger than iron, for it melts it.” “Is there anything stronger than fire?” “Yes, water, for it quenches fire.” “Is there anything stronger than water?” “Yes, wind, for it puts water in motion.” “O, our Sustainer, is there anything in Thy creation stronger than wind?” “Yes, a good man giving alms; if he gives it with his right hand, and conceals it from his left, he overcomes all things.” Every good act is charity; your smiling in your brother’s face, your putting a wanderer in the right road, your giving water to the thirsty is charity; exhortation to another to do right is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he has done in this world to his fellowmen. When he dies, people will ask: “What property has he left behind him?” But the angels will ask: “What good deeds has he sent before him?”