Monday, June 29, 2009

The weakness in drunkenness

"Commenting on verses of al-Hallaj that would seem to describe union with the divine, Ruzbihan writes that this is a fancy (wahm) born of human weakness as it contemplates God, and he notes that 'the intoxicated speak in this way frequently, even though they know that the essence of divinity is unattainable by the created' ".

- Kristin Zahra Sands, Sufi Commentaries on the Quran in Classical Islam, p. 109

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