Monday, November 12, 2007

There's Something About Fez

The place of Fez in the Islamic World is well known- it is the center of the Divine Sciences, "the cradle of knowledges and fount of gnoses", intellectual capital of Morocco, whose very soil produced great awliya, according to one Medieval historian. But here is a description of Fez from a famous Jewish scholar around the 10th century, when Fez was mostly inhabited by Jews,

"...the great ancient city of Fez, the seat of the Law, the threshing-floor of wisdom, the winepress of the testimony, which drives away sleep to study the Law of the Lord, which breathes divine learning even in its sleep..."

May Allah grant us a visit to drink from its fountains, from the great scholars of the Qarawiyyin Mosque, may Allah preserve it until the end of times.

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