A leader of a fictionalized Middle-Eastern country (reminiscent of Iran) gave the president a gift box inscribed with a non-fictionalized quote from Rumi, a Sufi from 13th-century Afghanistan and Turkey. The quote was:
*All religions, all this singing
The actual poem continues thusly:
*The differences are just
Illusion and vanity.
The Sun’s light looks
A little different on this wall than
It does on that wall,
And a lot different on this other one,
But it’s still one light.
We have borrowed these clothes,
These time and place personalities
From a light,
And when we praise,
We’re pouring them back in.
Jack Bauer would have been proud.*