The Noah Project

Rebuilding a sustainable world.

Sunday Prayer



There’s a tradition that Muhammad said, “A wise man
will listen and be led by

a woman, while an ignorant man will not. “Someone too
fiercely drawn by animal

urges lacks kindness and the gentle affections
that keep men human.

Anger and sharp desiring are animal qualities. A
loving tenderness toward

women shows someone no longer pulled along by wanting.
The core of the feminine

comes directly as a ray of the sun. Not the earthy
figure you hear about in

love songs; there’s more to her mystery than that. You
might say she’s not from

the manifest world at all, but the creator of it.

— RUMI —


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Prayer

  1. Yes, indeed, She is The Creator. And I, I am She.

    • I like this poem buy Rumi, particuarly because it shows the diversity of thought in the Muslim community and also because it acknowledges the creative power of the feminine. Thanks for the comment and the like.

      • Knowing that I am the poem helps me understand myself. Knowing that I am woman who writes, reads, lives and breathes this line helps me know myself.


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