Mulla Sadra

“Commenting on Ali’s saying, ‘God loves courage, even if it be in the slaying of the snake,’ [Mulla] Sadra says:

There is no snake like your soul, so slay it and purify it of the stain of its false beliefs and ugly opinions; or, subjugate it until it becomes a muslim in your hand. First cast it aside like the staff of Moses, then pick it up with your right hand after it has returned to its primordial nature [siratiha al-ula cf Q 20:21] and original disposition [fitratiha a-asliyya]. It shall then live an intellectual life, striving for the Return [al-ma’ad] and the final abode [al-mathwa].'”

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