Not for a moment, my heart, did you bow
To His glory, or ever rue your sins.
Cleric, ascetic, and scholar you were,
But never a true man of God: Muslim.
#1731, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
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