A handful of dust and a mouthful of apple

Truth is meant to be channelled through love. Love is meant to be based on truth.

Any truth not tempered by love is misused and creates a divisive hegemony. Any love not structured by truth is degenerate and insincere.

Iblees was truthful when he said that Allaah created him from fire and Aadam from clay. But because it didn’t contain love, which necessarily subdues the ego, it became a tool for his arrogance. Truth means nothing if it doesn’t refine the soul.

The followers of Jesus were led astray by worshipping through love that wasn’t based in truth. Love is misleading if it doesn’t arise from a heart of integrity and accountability.

ثُمَّ قَفَّيْنَا عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِم بِرُسُلِنَا وَقَفَّيْنَا بِعِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ وَآتَيْنَاهُ الْإِنجِيلَ وَجَعَلْنَا فِي قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ اتَّبَعُوهُ رَأْفَةً وَرَحْمَةً وَرَهْبَانِيَّةً ابْتَدَعُوهَا مَا كَتَبْنَاهَا عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَّا ابْتِغَاءَ رِضْوَانِ اللَّهِ فَمَا رَعَوْهَا حَقَّ رِعَايَتِهَا فَآتَيْنَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْهُمْ أَجْرَهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ

We sent ‘Iesa son of Maryam , and gave him the Injeel (Gospel). And We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him, compassion and mercy. But the Monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them, but (they sought it) only to please Allaah therewith, but that they did not observe it with the right observance. So We gave those among them who believed, their (due) reward, but many of them are disobedient.

(Al-Hadid:27)

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