Photo: Qur'an leaf in Kufic script
Verily We created man in the fairest rectitude.
(Quran, XCV. 4)
Human birth...reflects my image.
(Srimad Bhagavatam, XI. xix)
When God created the soul he fell back upon himself and made her after his own likeness.
All the Creatures stood together in Man, as in the Head, in a Divine Harmony of their Essences and Operations, of each with itself, of each with other, of all with God. From Man as the Head, this Harmony was propagated and maintain’d thro’ the Creatures, subsisting apart by themselves. One Divine Life, mov’d, shin’d, sounded in and thro’ all, as an unexpressible Love, Beauty, Musick, made up out of all, compleat in all, beginning and terminating in Man, as the Head of all.
'Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology'
by Martin Lings
Sufi Poems is a selection of poems from the golden period of Sufism especially chosen and translated from the Arabic by the distinguished scholar Dr Martin Lings. Dr Lings is the author of numerous best-selling works on Sufism and is a published poet in his own right. Inlcuding poems here translated for the first time, Sufi Poems brings together selections from the giants of Sufism; for example, Rabia, Hallaj, Ibn al-Farid and Ibn Arabi. Sufi Poems is published as bi-lingual Arabic-English edition which will be of interest to all those wishing to read the original Arabic and will also be helpful for university students of Arabic.