In 1950 Idries Shah began a quest to observe and record some of the East’s most unusual people and places. His aristocratic Afghan family and openness to experience helped him access extraordinary people and places throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Shah met with the Kings of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the secret Imam of the “New Arabian Knights” and the son of the Mahdi of the Sudan. He served as a sorcerer’s apprentice and travelled with cigarette smugglers and locust hunters. He visited King Solomon’s lost mines, the Rock of Paradise and a hidden city carved from living rock. More than an armchair travel book or record of the East in the 1950’s, Destination Mecca provides an atmosphere and a feel and background information that can help us better understand the Middle East of today. It may even awaken an impulse to follow your heart, enrich your life and learn from it. Highly recommended.
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Saying of the Mulla Nasrudin
If I survive this life without dying, I’ll be surprised.
The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin
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Ideologies exist only where there is no absolute knowledge. If you know something, you do not have to believe or disbelieve it.... #sufism
Junaid of Baghdad was passing the scene of a public hanging, where a thief was on the scaffold. Junaid bowed towards the criminal. Someone asked him: 'Why did you do that?' Junaid said: 'I was bowing before his single-mindedness. For his aim, that man has given his life.'
One thing I learned from my father very early: Don't take any notice of what people say, just watch what they do. #sufism #IkbalAliShah