Quote … Unquote … no. 8
September 29, 2007 Leave a comment
One brother mentioned this quote in the course of a discussion I participated in and I found it rather intersting and quite profound, especially considering who the quote came from and who it was directed to.
A bit of background to the quote … the quote is said to have been made by Sultana Ayelsha, mother of Boabdil (Abū ‘Abdillah Muhammad XII), the last king of Granada. After surrendering the city to Ferdinand and Isabella in January 1492, Boabdil left Granada exiled. “Legend has it that as the royal party moved south toward exile, they reached a rocky eminence which gave a last view of the delectable city. Boabdil reined in his horse and surveying for the last time the Alhambra and the green valley that spread below he burst into tears” (Source). Unsympathetically, his mother (of all people) told him:
You do well to weep like a woman for what you could not defend as a man.