“A ship does not sail on dry land”

قُلۡ يَـٰعِبَادِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسۡرَفُواْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمۡ لَا تَقۡنَطُواْ مِن رَّحۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغۡفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ
“Say: ‘O ‘Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily, Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful”

[al-Zumar (39):53]

Abu’l Atahiyya wrote to Harun ar-Rashid:

“Do not feel secure from death at any time:

Even if you seek protection

in your advisor’s and your guards,

know that the arrows of death

are always pointing in our direction,

whatever armour and shields we may have.

Do you hope for forgiveness

when you have not trodden its paths?

A ship does not sail on dry land.”

 Rawdhat al–‘Uqala p.284

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