Those travelling to Him

by Ibn Ata' Illah

English version by Victor Danner
Original Language Arabic

Those travelling to Him
     are guided by the light of turning their faces toward Him.
Those who have arrived
     have the light of face-to-face encounter.

The former belong to lights,
          but the lights belong to the latter
     because they belong to Allah, and are His alone.

"Say: 'Allah'
     then leave them plunging in their games."

-- from Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations, Translated by Victor Danner / Translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

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