As militant Islam does its level best to discredit the religion, it's important to remember that there are other voices within the faith. One such is the Sufis, a branch of Islamic mystics who live islam (submission), iman (faith) and ishan (awareness of G-d, "to act beautifully"). Every Saturday, therefore, we spend some time with the Sufis and their 'crazy wisdom'. Today's wisdom comes from Abu Hassan Bushanja, via Fadiman & Frager's Essential Sufism: bq. "When you commit a sin but do not carry the pleasure of it with you, that is repentance. There is not so much harm in the act of sinning as in the desire and thought of it: the act is but momentary and passing, whereas the desire is continuous. It is one thing when the body indulges in a pleasurable act for an hour and an entirely different thing when the mind and heart chew on it endlessly." As a bonus, this version in a sci-scripture post also includes a complimentary Japanese Zen story that has always been one of my favourites. Meanwhile, you can use our comments section here to let us all know: what do you think Bushanja is trying to tell us about sin, hate and/or morality?