A Garden among the Flames

O Marvel, 
a garden among the flames!

My heart can take on
any form: 
a meadow for gazelles, 
a cloister for monks,

For the idols, sacred ground, 
Ka'ba for the circling pilgrim, 
the tables of the Torah, 
the scrolls of the Qur'án.

I profess the religion of love; 
wherever its caravan turns along the way, 
that is the belief, 
the faith I keep.

-Ibn Arabi-

Poem 11 of the Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, translation by Michael A. Sells.