The One Lost Sheep

Peace, one and all…


Jesus (as) said: ‘The Kingdom of the Father, she is like a man who has a shepherd, who had a hundred sheep.  One of them, the largest, got lost.  He left the ninety-nie; he sought after the one until he found him.  After thus troubling himself, he said to the sheep: ‘I love you more than the ninety-nine’.

The Gospel of Thomas, 107

In his excellent translation of the Gospel of Thomas, Samuel Zinner makes an interesting point regarding the above saying of Jesus (as):

‘Logion 107 speaks of a single and large sheep… The shepherd is said to love the single sheep that was lost more than the other 99 sheep.  As Quispel observes, this represents the ‘lost sheep of the house of Israel’ which God loves above all peoples, and for whom, according to the canonical gospels, Jesus came to find.  However, the one sheep better than all the others will also represent the all-important metaphysical reality of self-knowledge, which is simultaneously an overcoming of multiplicity (99 sheep) by unity (one sheep), whereby the two become one’
(Zinner, 2011, 284 – 285)

In light of this explanation, I cannot help but see parallels here with this beautiful hadith of the Prophet (as):

‘God’s Messenger (as) said: ‘Allah has ninety-nine names, one hundred minus one, and whoever knows them will go to Paradise’

(related in Bukhari; another similar hadith)

Rashid al-Din Maybudi on Quran 1:5

Peace, one and all…


‘You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help’ (Quran 1:5)

‘This alludes to two of the religion’s great pillars, around which revolves the travelling of the religious. The first is to adorn the soul through worship and self-purification. It is to keep oneself adorned with a worship that is not mere lip-service and an obedience that has no hypocrisy. The other is to purify the soul of associating others with God and of paying attention to power and strength. It is to purify one’s own soul, to keep it cleansed of associationism and corruption, and not to depend on one’s own power and strength.’

Rashid al-Din Maybudi, Kashf al-Asrar


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Are you Fleeing?

Peace, one and all…


Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation?
What do you know of Love except the name?
Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,
and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:
it has no interest in a disloyal companion.
The human being resembles a tree;
your root is a covenant with God:
that root must be cherished with all one’s might.
A feeble covenant is a rotten root, without grace or fruit.
Though the boughs and leaves of the date palm are green,
greenness brings no benefit if the root is corrupt.
If a branch is without green leaves, yet has a good root,
a hundred leaves will put forth their hands in the end’

Masnavi 5.1163-1169



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