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"I do not want a crown, I do not want a throne.
I only want to rub my forehead in the dust and dance with abandon over the earth.
If the Sultan would show me favour, then I might be allowed to dance even upon the winds...
Because those who denounce me are not real men in the spiritual sense, they cannot accept love with all its consequences in their hearts.
Oh my love, there a thousand snares in every form; oh my love, one who is not a real man can never experience true love!"
-Sufi mystic Akhi Jamshed Rajgiri defending himself before the Sultan of Juanpur
"He who claims that he experiences no desire when looking at beautiful boys or youths is a liar,
and if we could believe him he would be an animal, and not a human being."
-Hanbalite jurist Ibn Al-Jawzi
"His mouth graced the cup with his
spittle before it met mine,
And the blush of his cheek dimmed a little the red of the wine..."
-sung by an old scholar of his tutee in an Arabian folktale
"He showed himself in shirt of white,
With eyes and eyelids languor-digit.
Quoth I, 'Doss pass and greet me not?
Though were thy greeting a delight?
Blest He who clothed in rose thy cheeks,
Creates what wills He by His might!'
Quoth he, 'Leave prate, for sure my Lord
Of works is wondrous infinite:
My garment's like my face and luck;
All three are white on white on white.'"
-Abu Nuwas about a beauteous youth in 1001 Nights
To a beautiful youth on pilgrimage to Mecca
You who have left to visit the ancient House,
And abandoned me here, hostage to sadness;
One last visit before departing,
Would not that have been better?
You go on pilgrimage to follow the precepts,
But that doesn't at all keep you
From putting a Moslem to death!
May I be your ransom! Rather than wander
The roads of the pilgrim,
Better you should spare Allah's creatures.
-15th century poet Muhammad Al-Nawaji, or Shams al-Din
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