bad or unclean, it is because it is prohibited by God. Since what we are discussing are involuntary associations of ideas and imaginings that occur to one without one’s consent, they are not subject to such prohibitions. However ugly or unclean the form they take, they are not ugly and unclean.
This is a fruit of the Pine, Cedar, and Black Poplar trees of Tepelice in the mountains of Barla, which has been included in The Words1 and not repeated here.
The two following matters are part of the examples given in the Twenty-Fifth Word2 showing the impotence of present-day civilization before the miraculousness of the Qur’an. They are two examples out of thousands proving how unjust are the laws of present-day civilization, which opposes the Qur’an:
The ruling of the Qur’an:
And for the man a portion equal of that of two women(4:176)
is both pure justice, and pure compassion. Yes, it is justice, for the overwhelming majority of men take a wife and undertake to provide for her. As for women, they take a husband and load their livelihood on him, and this makes up for the deficiency in what they inherit. It is also a mercy, for a weak girl is greatly in need of kindness from her father and brothers. The Qur’an decrees that she receives this without worry. Her father does not look on her with misgivings, thinking of her as a harmful child because of whom half of his wealth will go to a stranger. His kindness is untainted by anxiety and anger. Her brother’s kindness and protection are free of rivalry and jealousy. He does not consider her as a rival who will destroy half the family and give a significant part of their property to someone else. His protective and kindly feelings for her will not be marred by resentment and hostility. Thus, the girl, who is delicate and weak by nature, is apparently deprived of a small part, but in place of it she gains inexhaustible wealth in the form of the compassion and kindness of those close to her. Also, to give her more than her due with the idea of being more merciful to her than divine mercy, is not kindness but a great wrong. Indeed, the savage greed of the present time, which recalls the appalling cruelty of the live burial of girl children in the Age of Ignorance due to savage jealousy, may possibly
See, the Second Station of the Seventeenth Word, Words, 234-6.
See, Words, 419-24.