...the Muslims of recent times had fallen very short indeed of the ideals of their faith, ...nothing could be more erroneous than to measure the potentialities of Muhammad's message by the yardstick of present-day Muslim life and thought - just as he [Shaykh Mustafa al-Maraghi] said, 'it would be erroneous to see in the Christians' unloving behavior toward one another a refutation of Christ's message of love...'
There is no destination on this Road. It is constant awakening, and reawakening, discovery after discovery.
Awakening is like waking up after a long nap and feeling like you have been sleeping your life away; caught in the mundane rituals of living.
The learning process on this road is never finished. There is no Master degree, there is no certification. There is only the point where we Cross over to the Blue Road of Spirit and look upon this life and see the beauty and magnificence of it in the Great Web; Of the lessons learned, and the Lives touched.
Faith is harder to shake than knowledge, love succumbs less to change than respect, hate is more enduring than aversion, and the impetus to the mightiest upheavals on this earth has at all times consisted less in a scientific knowledge dominating the masses than in a fanaticism which inspired them and sometimes in a hysteria which drove them forward.