"It's such a great gift to be a rock, as opposed to not existing at all. It's a greater gift to be a flower. It's a greater gift to be a tree. And It's a greater gift to be an eagle. But what a gift, to be a human being; To be a conscious human being. Created on the doors of eternity...Literally created on the doors of eternity."
Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
(The Critical Importance of Al-Ghazali in Our Times)