This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.
Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and sky,
The Beloved has bowed there--
The Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.
Shams-ud-din Muhammed Hafiz
(Persian poet, ca. 1320-1389)
from "The Subject Tonight Is Love"
Most of what I know about Islam comes through contact with a few American friends who are Sufi. Sufism is the mystical nondual form of Islam, and as such it has much in common with other mystical paths such as Christian mysticism and Zen Buddhism. Sufism extols direct experience of God, purification of the heart, and love, both human and divine. The poet I quoted above, Hafiz, is one of the most beloved poets of Persia (Iran) and his work expresses many Sufi teachings. I've been reading poetry by Hafiz and also Rumi these past few days.
I've also been laying down a few first layers of color for the Mecca map.