quote by Ibn Arabi

My heart has become capable of every form: It is a pasture for gazelles And a monastery for Christian monks, And the pilgrim's Ka'ba, And the tablets of the Torah, And the book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love: Whatever way love's camel takes, That is my religion, my faith.

— Ibn Arabi

Memorable Torah quotations

My heart can be pasture for deer and a convent for monks, a temple for idols and a Kaaba for the pilgrims. It is both the tables of the Torah and the Koran. It professes the religion of Love wherever its caravans are heading. Love is my law. Love is my faith.

My heart can take on any form: A meadow for gazelles, A cloister for monks, For the idols, sacred ground, Ka'ba for the circling pilgrim, The tables of the Torah, The scrolls of the Quran. My creed is Love; Wherever its caravan turns along the way, That is my belief, My faith.

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? But when I am for myself, then what am "I"? And if not now, when?

Since I invoke Torah so often, let me state that I don't personally believe in the God it postulates ... I am not religious, nor were the majority of the early builders of Israel believers. Yet their passion for this land stemmed from the Book of Books ... [The Bible is] the single most important book in my life.

Golden Rule”: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.

That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.

Beloved is man, for he was created in the image of God.

Beloved are Israel, for they were called children of God. Beloved are Israel, for unto them was given the desirable Torah

I hope to see the two great religions, Islam and Christianity, hand-in-hand, embracing each other. Then the Torah and the Bible and the Qur’an will become books supporting one another being read everywhere, and respected by every nation … [I am] looking forward to seeing Muslims read the Torah and the Bible.

It is easy for a rabbi to establish prohibitions, but a rabbi's real strength is to teach Torah and rule on lawwith an emphasis on what is permitted.

To be Christian means to find the decisive revelation of God in Jesus.

To be Muslim means to find the decisive revelation of God in the Koran. To be Jewish means to find the decisive revelation of God in the Torah, and so forth.

Where there is Torah it sustains the world.

The observant Jew has his own sense of values.

Torah Judaism is his blueprint for this life, his target for existence.

There is the illusion of the world and the reality of the Torah.

A man with a camera was always suspected of being a spy.

Moreover, the Jews did not want to be photographed, due to a misunderstanding of the prohibition against making graven images (photography had not been invented when the Torah was written!). I was forced to use a hidden camera.

I don't think you could pull one Bob Marley song that didn't have quotes from the Torah or the Old Testament.

Both of my parents would say they were atheists, so where I inherited my connection to God I don't know. But it's natural. No Bible, no Torah, just the love religion.

I shall teach you the best way to say Torah.

You must cease to be aware of yourselves. You must be nothing but an ear that hears what the universe of the word is constantly saying within you. The moment you start hearing what you yourself are saying, YOU must stop.

Though my father was poor and had nothing, the Torah, the poetry of prophets, was his daily bread.

Spiritual wisdom is now available to everyone, disseminated to the masses as never before in world history.

The truth is that what the great religions preached, the Yiddish-speaking people of the ghettos practiced day in and day out. They were the people of The Book in the truest sense of the word. They knew of no greater joy than the study of man and human relations, which they called Torah, Talmud, Mussar, Cabala.

The Torah itself becomes coarse in the mouth of a man of pride.

It specifically says in the Torah that you can eat shrimp and bacon in a Chinese restaurant.

There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn't enough Torah study.

God did everything necessary to get Herod's attention.

He sent messengers from the East and a message from the Torah. He sent wonders from the sky and words from Scripture. He sent the testimony of the heavens and the teaching of the prophets. But Herod refused to listen. He chose his puny dynasty over Christ. He died a miserable old man.

The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qur'an is mute;

if you burned them all together you'd get close to the truth.

I have also written a book about the Giving of the Torah, and a book on the Days of Awe, and a book on the books of Israel that have been written since the day the Torah was given to Israel.

Confucius is like the Torah, rules to follow.

And Lao-Tzu is even more conservative, saying that if you do nothing you won't break any rules. You have to let tradition fall sometime, you have to take action, you have to eat bacon.

What is Scripture? The Hebrew word is torah. Torah means teaching, learning.

I did study religion for a little while.

I studied the Torah and the Holy Koran, Helios Biblos, which is considered by most people to be the Holy Bible. I just wanted to know, even with Buddhism and the Dalai Llama.

I don't do Jewish stuff because I don't want people to be left out.

If I mention the Torah in Alabama, it's not going to go down that well. I used to do some Jewish jokes because when I started, I used to play lots of Jewish country clubs.

The Koran and Islam is about submission, justice and compassion.

All people of the "book" - which means the Torah, Koran and Bible are accorded equal respect under Islam.

If I were one of the gods who just wound up supervising humans, I'd want to influence the decision-makers to live according to the morals that Israel would eventually get in the Torah, and to teach those same principles to their people. I'd also want to make sure they worship no other god but the Most High.

I think when people speak about faith, they always get stuck when they're starting to speak about the terrible things that happen in the world, and I always know, even in the Torah, they're always speaking about it, that if there is fifty percent of love, there is fifty percent of hate, they are always in perfect balance.

The issue in the Bible is not just "Do you believe in God or not?" Everybody believed in gods of some sort. The question was, "Who is truly the only living God?" And if that God is indeed Yahweh the God of Israel, then there are consequences in real life - as shown in the Torah.

I assume as a child Jesus had to learn how to do carpentry, learn Torah, learn all the things a human child had to learn. If He was human in all ways except that He did not sin, this must have been the case.

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