on stillness & solemnity

God says “I am with those who are broken hearted for my sake.”

The prophet Muhammad was light hearted with his companions and heavy hearted with himself. He smiled often and rarely laughed. There was always some solemnity in his eyes, upon him be prayers and peace.

“Grief is better than happiness, because in grief a person draws close to God. Your wings open. A tent is set up in the desert where God can visit you. Wealth that arrives in grief is what we spend in joy. The soul is greater than anything you ever lost.”

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