The Almighty does not lay on us a burden greater than we have the capacity to bear. As Rumi told us, grief is worth more than the empires of the world because it makes you call on God. The world is made for a believer but man is not made for the world. As an inscription on Buland Darwaza tells us, “The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.”
Doing much the same was the peerless Nizamuddin Auliya, the man who famously told Ghayasuddin Tughlaq, “Hunuz Dilli door ast.” (Sir, Delhi is still far.) Tughlaq, then on his way back to the Capital from a military campaign, never reached Delhi. The man who was building castles could not negotiate a simple bridge! Such was the power of prognostication of the sufi. No wonder, the world celebrates every word of Nizamuddin.
And this Aga Khan Trust for Culture venture gives you glimpses of what was, what is, what could have been. The contributors never fully open a door, they just leave it ajar. You get a sneak view. You stand besotted. You want more. That never comes though.
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