The friend to whom flower and thorn are one,
In whose faith, Koran and Cross are the same
Why should we worry? To him it's all one:
The swiftest horse or a donkey that's lame.
#454: From Rumi's
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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