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Whoever is annihilated in Him is absent from everything. How can it be conceived that something veils Him since He is the one who is manifest through everything? Rather, what veils you from Him is the illusion of a being alongside of Him. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the One who is manifest atq everything?

The lover is not he who expects his beloved to spend on him. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is nearer to you than anything else? And treating a hidden [disease] is difficult. Therefore, praise is to Him who veiled hjkam, not to the one who honoured and thanked you.

You know not which of them is nearer in benefit to you. Thus, the light of day is not from you and does not belong to you; rather, it is merely being put over you. Rather, the gnostic is the one who, because of his self-extinction in His Being and self-absorption in contemplating Him, has no symbolic allusion.


The place where the second group ends up is where the first group started. He does that for the voyagers because they have not realised sincerity toward God in those works; and He does that for those united with Him because He makes them absent from contemplating those states by contemplating Him.

How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is more manifest than anything? He wants to push you away from everything so that nothing busies you away from Him. Rather, arabicc from creatures to the Creator: And if you assert for yourself a high state, you are arrogant.

Kitab Al Hikam of Ibn Ata Illah English & Arabic

Otherwise your intellect will be obscured and the light of your innermost heart extinguished. It suffices you as recompense for the deed i,lah He accepts it. How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the Manifest to everything?

When you witness Him, created things are with you. And in such a state, take what is in agreement with [external] knowledge. And He made your jllah self move you [to do bad] so that your approaching and repenting to Him would never cease. So, why would he not be ihn from asking His creation for his needs.

It is a marvel how Being has manifested in nonbeing, and how the contingent has been established alongside of Him who possesses the attribute of Eternity! But, each experiences the stages slightly differently.

Rather, it is you who are veiled from seeing It; for, were anything to veil It, then that which veils It would cover It. Then, He makes them see His actions. And why it has been said: How can it be conceived that something veils Him, since He is the One alongside of whom there is nothing?


And what ignorance is there in an unlearned man dissatisfied with himself? Rather, aravic to Him to show your slavehood and to fulfil the rights of His lordship. For has He accustomed you to anything but what is good?

Thus, the soul looks at the illusory exterior while the heart looks at the admonitory interior. Pain even if manifest in many forms is only through being veiled from Him. If the external invites you, the internal bars you.

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When it goes away, there is no light for it. Or how can it desire to enter the Presence of God while it has not yet purified itself of aeabic stain of forgetfulness? It is better than that which they hoard. Realise your humility and He will strengthen you with His pride. Specialness is like the light of the sun filling hiikam horizon, whereas the horizon has no light in itself. THe Truth of the intellect makes you witness His Atz, not your nonbeing, nor your being.

He pushed them towards Him with the chains of obligation. Had they contemplated Him in everything, they would not have been alienated from anything. Your seeking someone else is because of your immodesty toward Him.

And how can he who is unable to free himself of a pressing need free someone else of one?