Photo: Bedouin children, 1898.
And say: 'The Real has come and the unreal has vanished away; surely the unreal is ever certain to vanish.'
My sight has disappeared into His sight,
and it is annihilated to every vanishing thing.
I realised that other-than-Him does not exist,
And departed in delight immediately.
(Abd ar-Rahman al-Majdhub)
'Letters of a Sufi Master: The Shayikh Ad-Darqawi'
By Shaikh al-'Arabi Ad-Darqawi (Author), Titus Burckhardt (Editor)
This precious translation of selections from the letters of Shaikh ad-Darqawi, the founder of a major branch of the Shadhiliyyah Order in North Africa in the 13th/19th century, belongs to a class of Sufi literature that has not as yet received enough attention outside of the Islamic world.