I discovered the #LoveHasNoBorders on Twitter where interracial families, friends and couples are sharing their stories. In light of the upsetting xenophobia which has been pushed forward particularly by the far right, who fail to understand that every story has it’s own human face and merits, I thought this quick post was fitting.
As the world gets smaller, borders seem to be getting unfairly discriminatory towards people who just want to live, love and not have to face the horrendous attitude and prejudices towards immigrants at the moment. Borders are superficial, but the emotions created by treating someone without dignity are real. As I said, every story has a human face. People migrate to new countries all the time for many reasons whether that be for work, refuge or to join family. And through that journey there is love, hardships and potential fear, especially if leaving a dangerous country to seek refuge. Compassion does not have to mean accepting anyone anywhere at anytime without any form of criteria, but it does mean respecting that fundamentally we are all human, and fear of a minority group should not overtake our solidarity and desire to offer support to those who need it most.
Let us build bridges, not walls and understand that we all have far more in common than our differences. Nationality is determined by a piece of paper but how you treat those who are different to you can never be bought.
I have recently become indulged and and at inner peace with discovering works of famous Sufi mystics/writers, who have had a great impact on South Asia, which is part of my heritage. Sufism is a mystical dimensional form of Islam, reflecting on your inner self as opposed to having any political ambition or erosion which I find beautiful. These are some of my top quotes by Rumi, a famous scholar, mystic and a much loved Persian poet around the world especially on the topic of love which can be applied in anyone’s life, regardless of
faith or lack of it.
‘Millions of stars are shining and produce light, but at the shining of the sun, their light becomes non – existent’
‘If I am with you then I enjoy even the taste of a rose garden in a desert’
‘When two lamps are being lit, the lamps will remain separate, but their light will become intermixed’
On why living in solitude is not preferable – ‘..so that no-one may be deprived of the mutual contact and blessings acquired through the company of others’
‘Lovers don’t finally meet each other. They’re in each other all along’
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”
‘Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation’
‘We are born of love. Love is our mother’
‘Why are you enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?’
‘Raise your words, not your voice. It is water that grows flowers, not thunder’
‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop’
‘When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it’
‘Yesterday I wanted to be clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself’
‘I am not that hair, I am not that skin, but that soul that lies within’
‘The soul of the soul of the universe is love’
‘You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?’
‘If you remain in the company of the vanquished, you too shall become vanquished’
‘It is a miracle that a King can even become the slave of his beloved’
Those are just a handful of the many quotes endorsed by Rumi and there are dozens of other great Sufi poets out there with similar ideas and messages.
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