Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī known by his pen name Hafez (حافظ Ḥāfeẓ ‘the memorizer; the (safe) keeper’; 1315-1390) and as “Hafiz”was a Persian poet who “lauded the joys of love and wine but also targeted religious hypocrisy”. Today many gay Muslims find a great inspiration and acceptance from his poems that were written in the 14th century.
” Do younot know that He isthe One who presentedthe knowledge of Himselfto you, whereas you arethe one whopresented Himwith deeds?What a differencebetweenwhat He brings to youand what you present to Him.
With looks disheveled, flushed in a sweat of drunkenness. His shirt torn open, a song on his lips and wine cup in his hand. With eyes looking for trouble, lips softly complaining. So at midnight last […]