I hold to no religion or creed,
am neither Eastern nor Western,
Muslim or Infidel,
Zoroastrian, Christian, Jew or Gentile.
I come from neither the land nor sea,
am not related to those above or below,
was not born nearby or far away,
do not live either in Paradise or on this Earth,
claim descent not from Adam and Eve or the Angels above.
I transcend body and soul.
My home is beyond place and name.
It is with the Beloved in a space beyond space.
I embrace all and am part of all.
– Mewlana Celaleddin Rumi (1207-73 AD)
Translated from the Persian by someone
Posted on Turkistan-N, 18 November 2003