Being a Jewish mystic, I appreciate other spiritual traditions, particularly Semitic or Persian ones ... so I have been impressed by Rumi, who was born in Persia ... so I thought I would share a quote by Rumi that greatly impressed me ...
Only Breath - Jelaluddin Rumi
(translated by Coleman Barks)
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.
Ibn Arabi is another Medieval Muslim spiritualist who is open to Persian influence, but who was born in Spain:
Garden Among the Flames - Ibn 'Arabi
(translated by Michael Sells)
A garden among the flames!
My heart can take on
A meadow for gazelles,
A cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka'ba for the circling pilgrim,
the tables for the Torah,
the scrolls of the Qur'an.
My creed is love;
Wherever its caravan turns along the way,
That is my belief,