There is no Fault in the Rope, O Man!

Peace, one and all…

Many have been led astray by the Qur’an:
by clinging to that rope many have fallen into the well.
There is no fault in the rope, O perverse man,
for it was you who had no desire to reach the top.
(Masnavi 3.4210-11)

‘The interpretation of a sacred text is true
if it stirs you to hope, activity and awe;
and if it makes you slacken your service,
know the real truth to be this:
it’s a distortion of the sense of the saying,
not a true interpretation.
This saying has come down
to inspire you to serve –
that God may take the hands
of those who have lost hope’
(Masnavi 5.3125-3130)

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