Ibrahim ibn Adham

718 – 782 / Balkh / Afghanistan

To The Caliph Haroun Al-Rashid

Religion's gems can ne'er adorn
The flimsy robe by pleasure worn;
Its feeble texture soon would tear,
And give those jewels to the air.

Thrice happy they who seek th' abode
Of peace and pleasure in their God!
Who spurn the world, its joys despise,
And grasp at bliss beyond the skies.
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