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I thought that in this whole world no beloved for me remained. I used to see in every object a thorn but never a rose… Religion, piety, custom, reputation - these used to matter greatly to me. O Niyazi, what has happened to you? No trace of religion now remains. - Niyazi Misri
*The Crazed Old Shaykh of San’an. After seeing a beautiful Christian girl in his dreams, the pious Shaykh of San’an persuaded his fellow holy men to travel to Rum to search for her. Amazingly, he succeeded; and here is shown horrifying his colleagues by renouncing Islam to win her affections. 
I thought that in this whole world no beloved for me remained. I used to see in every object a thorn but never a rose… Religion, piety, custom, reputation - these used to matter greatly to me. O Niyazi, what has happened to you? No trace of religion now remains. - Niyazi Misri

*The Crazed Old Shaykh of San’an. After seeing a beautiful Christian girl in his dreams, the pious Shaykh of San’an persuaded his fellow holy men to travel to Rum to search for her. Amazingly, he succeeded; and here is shown horrifying his colleagues by renouncing Islam to win her affections. 

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