The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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The emotions which the human being conscious of the beauty of humanity veils in himself, he also desires to cover in others. It is this desire that the Prophet Mohammed described as the true religion, al hayya wa'l iman. The veil of the widow is a covering of her sorrow from the gaze of the curious, but it is equally a warning sign to the stranger to avert his eyes and thus shield her; the same may be said of the veil of the nun. The desire to hide emotion, which is one of the highest attributes of humanity, cannot exist without a tendency to shield another. It is this shielding tendency which is the source of courtesy: courtesy which ennobles and exalts mankind, beautifying the relationship of the sexes towards one another and of class towards class.