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Sheikh Nazim at Hollingbourne 1999

Eternal Sultan. From pre-eternal to eternal He is Sultan. Nothing going to be as we like, everything is going to be as He likes. My English you are understanding? Shakespeare English. Yes, there was a person, or we are saying philosopher, a very clever one, his English was excellent, for seventy years he was in England, only a few people were coming from colony to be here for learning, and coming to Cyprus he opened a school, and called school Shakespeare School. I was there, my English becoming Shakespeare English, not market English. You are speaking market English, high English? You know Hamlet? You read it? I read it, I forget it also. Because our minds in limits, in limits, capacity very short, but man has another capacity that without limits may learn and keep … for himself or herself. That is our spiritual being’s capacity. Physical body very short limits. Our lives also very short, but our spiritual being unlimited. May learn and keep not losing or forgetting.


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Lady Lucie Duff Gordon (1821-1869) lived in Luxor, Egypt from 1862 in the hope that the consumption she was suffering from would improve. She learnt Arabic, and often visited and prayed at the tomb of Sufi Sheikh Yusuf abu’l-Hajjaj.

Letter to her husband, Sir Alexander Duff Gordon, from Cairo 16th October 1866:

'My Reis spoke such a pretty parable the other day that I must needs write it. A Coptic Reis stole some of my wood, which we got back by force and there was some reviling of the Nazarenes in consequence from Hoseyn and Ali; but Reis Mohammed said:

“Not so; Girgis is a thief, it is true, but many Christians are honest; and behold, all the people in the world are like soldiers, some wear red and some blue; some serve on foot, others on horseback, and some in ships; but all serve one Sultan, and each fights in the regiment in which the Sultan has placed him, and he does what does his duty best is the best man, be his coat red or blue or black.”

I said, `Excellent words, oh Reis, and fit to be spoken from the best of pulpits.' It is surprising what happy sayings the people here hit upon; they cultivate talk for want of reading, and the consequence is great facility narration and illustration. Everybody enforces his ideas, like Christ, in parables.'



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