Photo: Mystic riding a leopard from the Bustan of the great poet Saadi
Those traveling 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.
then leave them plunging in their games."
(Ibn Ata'illah al-Iskandari)
Quote Source and Recommended Reading:
'Ibn 'Ata' Illah the Book of Wisdom/Kwaja Abdullah Ansari Intimate Conversations'
By Victor Danner (Author), Wheeler M. Thackston (Author), Annemarie Schimmel (Author)
Two early Sufi classics are contained here in one volume. They embody the essence of spiritual life in the Islamic tradition. Ibn 'Ata' Illah (c. 1250-1309) was a Sufi saint and sage who lived in Egypt. Kwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006-1089) was one of major early writers of Persian mystical literature.