A Parable of Weed and Trowel (An Islamic Take on Sin & Repentance)

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani Mosque in Baghdad The founder of the first of the great Sufi orders, Abdul-Qadir Gilani (1077-1166), wrote an extraordinary book almost a thousand years ago called The Secret of Secrets. In this book he has a very interesting passage on the nature of repentance and sin. I wrote about this topic from a Christian perspective in my Easter blog post earlier this year where I talked about sin actually meaning "missing the mark" and this notion of repentance NOT meaning what I thought (i.e. feeling badly or getting punished for not following some rule of the church). Instead, when we looked at the original greek word for penance or repent, metanoia, we learned that it rea

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