May I recommend the 2003 film: Monsieur Ibrahim [ and the Flowers of the Qu’ran]
I am not usually fond of most French films, but I loved this one and watched it a second time so I could introduce a few of you to it. The story is of a Turkish Sufi who befriends a Jewish boy in Paris in the 1960’s.
The film starts with and ends with the song, “Why Can’t We Live Together” (1972) by Timmy Thomas: “No Matter, no Matter what color, you are still my brother.
Tell me why, tell me why, why can’t we live together?”
And here are some quotes from the film:
Ibrahim: You can find beauty where ever you look. That is what my Koran says.
Momo: Should I read your Koran?
Ibrahim: If God wants to reveal life to you, he won’t need a book.
Sufism: Opposed to legalism, it stresses Inner Religion
Momo: How do you manage to be happy?
Ibrahim: I know what is in my Koran.
Ibrahim: I am not scared. I know what is in my Koran.
The way I understand his use of the phrase “My Koran” is to mean “My Heart, My Divine Heart”. Tell me what you think?
Ibrahim (in bath house addressing Momo unfaithful lover issue:)
What you give, Momo, is yours for good.
What you keep is lost forever.
Marcu Valerius Martialis (38-102 AD) wrote an epigram similar to this:
“Extra fortunam est quidquid donatur amicis. Quas dederis, solas semper habebis opes.”
“What you give your friends is immune to misfortune; only what you give
is always yours.”
I wonder if the script writers borrowed this or if there is a similar Sufi saying? Anyone know?