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Title: Sufis:Love of God

SufisLove of God His Creation

Ahmed Mirza M.D.
Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic

Divine Love
  • The essence of God is love and The Sufi Path is
    path of love.  Love is to see what is good and
    beautiful in everything. It is to learn from
    everything, to see the gifts of God and the
    generosity of God in everything. It is to be
    thankful for all all God's bounties.This is the
    first step on the road to the love of God. This
    is just a seed of love. In time, the seed will
    grow and become a tree and bear fruit. Then,
    whoever tastes of that fruit will know what real
    love is. It will be differently for those who
    have tasted to tell of it to those who have
    not.        Muzaffer Ashki al-Halveti
    al-Jerrahi (1916-1985)

Premordial Covent
  • And when your Lord brought forth from the
    children of Adam, from their backs, their
    descendants, and made them bear witness against
    their own souls Am I not your Lord? They said
    Yes! we bear witness. Lest you should say on the
    day of resurrection Surely we were heedless of
    this. Quran 7172,Shakir

Hadith Qudsi
  • I was a Hidden Treasure,and loved to be known
    intimately,so I created the Heavens and the
    Earth,so that they may come to intimately know

SufisLove ofGodHis Creation
  • All people are the children of God on earth
  • Oh God! I bear witness that all Thy 
    creatures are brothersHadith 
  • Why this meaningless talk about the believer,
  • the kafir, the obedient, the sinner,
  • the rightly guided, the misdirected, the
  • the pious, the infidel, the fire worshipper?
  • All are like beads in a rosary.
  • Abdul Quddus of Gangoh

SufisLove of GodCreation
  • Adopt the ways of God
  • To reflect in ones own thought and activity the
    attributes of God.
  • Higher spiritual life is nothing but service
    of humanity, It is not (chanting) the rosary,
    (remaining on the) prayer carpet or (wearing)
    coarse garments.Nizamuddin
  • To identy service of God with the service of

SufisLove of GodCreation
  • Unity of Divine Revelation. Say We make no
    difference between them (prophets of God)
  • All these religions and faiths are branches of
    the same tree,They have sprouted from one and the
    same root.Shah Niaz Ahmad
  • Learn from the eyes the way to develop,unity and
    oneness.The two eyes appear different
  • but their vision is one.

Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya (717 - 801 AD)
  • O Lord,Whatever share of this worldYou
    could give to me,Give it to Your
    enemiesWhatever share of the next world You
    want to give to me,Give it to Your friends.You
    are enough for me.
  • O Lord, If I worship YouFrom fear of Hell, burn
    me in Hell.
  • O Lord, If I worship YouFrom hope of Paradise,
    bar me from its gates.
  • But if I worship You for Yourself aloneThen
    grace me forever the splendor of Your Face

Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya
  •  Rabia a Sufi saint woman, was asked, "Do you
    love God?"She answered, "Yes.""Do you hate the
    devils?"She answered, "No, my love of God
    leaves me no time to hate the devil.
  • You talk about loving God while you disobey
    HimI swear by my life that this is something
    very strange.If you were truthful in your love,
    you would obey Him,For a lover obeys whom he

Sheikh Ansari Jabir ibn 'Abdullah al-Ansari
  • 'Where Are You?'
  • O God,You are the aim of the call of the
    sincere,          You enlighten the souls of the
    friends, (and)          You are the comfort of
    the hearts of the travellers---          because
    You are present in the very soul.
  • I call out, from emotion          "Where are
  • You are the life of the soul,          You are
    the rule (ayin) of speech, (and)          You
    are Your own interpreter (tarjaman).
  • For the sake of Your obligation to
    Yourself,          do not enter us into the
    shade of deception, (but)           make us
    reach union (wisal) with You.

  • Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (450-505 AH/1058-1111
    AD) aka Algazel is one of the great jurists,
    theologians and mystics of the 12th Century. He
    wrote on a wide range of topics including
    jurisprudence, theology, mysticism and philosophy
  • InfluencedFakhruddin Razi, Maimonides
    Thomas Aquinas, Raymund Martin, Nicholas of
    Autrecourt, Shah Waliullah Abdul-Qader Bedil

Sanai (1118-1152)
  • Don't speak of your suffering -- He is
    speaking.Don't look for Him everywhere -- He's
    looking for you.An ant's foot touches a leaf,
    He senses itA pebble shifts in a streambed, He
    knows it.
  • If there's a worm hidden deep in a rock,He'll
    know its body, tinier than an atom,The sound of
    its praise, its secret ecstasy --All this He
    knows by divine knowing.He has given the
    tiniest worm its foodHe has opened to you the
    Way of the Holy Ones.

Attar (1119 - 1230)
  • From each, Love demands a mystic silence. What
    do all seek so earnestly? Tis Love. Love is the
    subject of their inmost thoughts, In Love no
    longer "Thou" and "I" exist, For self has passed
    away in the Beloved.
  • Now will I draw aside the veil from Love, And in
    the temple of mine inmost soul Behold the
    Friend, Incomparable Love. He who would know the
    secret of both worlds Will find that the secret
    of them both is Love

Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi
  • Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage, world's great
    spiritual teachers.Muhyiddin (Revivifier of
    Religion)Shaykh al-Akbar (Greatest Master), born
    1165 AD in Spain, the centre of an extraordinary
    flourishing and cross-fertilization of Jewish,
    Christian and Islamic thought, through which the
    major scientific and philosophical works of
    antiquity were transmitted to Northern Europe.
    Ibn 'Arabi's spiritual attainments were evident
    from an early age, and he was renowned for his
    great visionary capacity as well as being a
    superlative teacher. He travelled extensively in
    the Islamic world and died in Damascus in 1240
    AD. (The Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society)

Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi

  • 350 works
  • Fusûs al-Hikam, an exposition of the inner
    meaning of the wisdom of the prophets in the
    Judaic/ Christian/ Islamic line
  • ,
  • Futûhât al-Makkiyya, encyclopaedia of spiritual
    knowledge which unites and distinguishes the
    three strands of tradition, reason and mystical
  • Diwân and Tarjumân al-Ashwâq poetry in the Arabic
  • These extensive writings provide a beautiful
    exposition of the Unity of Being, the single and
    indivisible Reality which simultaneously
    transcends and is manifested in all the images of
    the world. Ibn 'Arabi shows how Man, in
    perfection, is the complete image of this Reality
    and how those who truly know their essential
    self, know God.
  • (The
    Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society)

Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi
  • It is He who is revealed in every face,
    sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye,
    worshipped in every object of worship, and
    pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a
    single one of His creatures can fail to find Him
    in its primordial and original nature
  • The movement which is the existence of the
    universe is the movement of love.

  • Oh!  Supreme Lover!Let me leave aside my
    worries.The flowers are blooming with the
    exultation of your Spirit.By Allah!I long to
    escape the prison of my egoand lose myselfin
    the mountains and the desert.These sad and
    lonely people tire me.I long to revel in the
    drunken frenzy of your loveand feel the strength
    of Rustam in my hands.
  • I'm sick of mortal kings.I long to see your
    light.With lamps in handthe sheikhs and mullahs
    roamthe dark alleys of these townsnot finding
    what they seek.You are the Essence of the
    Essence,The intoxication of Love.I long to sing
    your praisesbut stand mutewith the agony of
    wishing in my heart.

Rumi ,The Poet of Love
  • Gamble everything for love,if youre a true
    human being.If not, leave this
    gathering.Half-heartedness doesnt reach into
    majesty.You set out to find God,but then you
    keep stopping for long periodsat mean-spirited

Saadi Shirazi (1215-1292)
  • How could I ever thank my Friend?No thanks could
    ever begin to be worthy.Every hair of my body is
    a gift from HimHow could I thank Him for each
    hair?Praise that lavish Lord foreverWho from
    nothing conjures all living beings!Who could
    ever describe His goodness?His infinite glory
    lays all praise waste.Look, He has graced you a
    robe of splendorFrom childhood's first cries to
    old age!He made you pure in His own image stay
    pure.It is horrible to die blackened by
    sin.Never let dust settle on your mirror's
    shiningLet it once grow dull and it will never
    polish.When you work in the world to earn your
  • Do not, for one moment, rely on your own
    strength.Self-worshiper, don't you understand
    anything yet?It is God alone that gives your
    arms their power.If, by your striving, you
    achieve something good,Don't claim the credit
    all for yourselfIt is fate that decides who
    wins and who losesAnd all success streams only
    from the grace of God.In this world you never
    stand by your own strengthIt is the Invisible
    that sustains you every moment.

Hafiz of Shiraz (1230-91)
  • We are the guardians of His Beauty We are the
    protectorsOf the Sun.There is only one
    reasonWe have followed God into this worldTo
    encourage laughter, freedom, danceAnd love.Let
    a noble cry inside of you speak to
    meSaying,"Hafiz,Don't just sit there on the
    moon tonightDoing nothing -
  • Help unfurl my heart into the Friend's
    Mind,Help, Old Man, to heal my wounded
    wings!"We are the companions of His BeautyWe
    are the guardiansOf Truth.Every man, plant and
    creature in Existence,Every woman, child, vein
    and noteIs a servant of our Beloved - A
    harbinger of joy, The harbinger of

Yunus Emre 1240-1320
  • the hill that Moses climbed, the Temple,and
    Israfil's trumpet, we observed in the
    body. Torah, Psalms, Gospel, Quran- what these
    books have to say, we found in the
    body. Everybody says these words of Yunus are
    true. Truth is wherever you want it.We found it
    all within the body.
  • We entered the house of realization, we
    witnessed the body.The whirling skies, the
    many-layered earth,the seventy-thousand
    veils, we found in the body.The night and the
    day, the planets, the words inscribed on the
    Holy Tablets,

Sa'd al-din Mahmud Shabistari(1250 - 1320)
  • 'One Light'
  • What are "I" and "You"?Just latticesIn the
    niches of a lampThrough which the One Light
  • "I" and "You" are the veilBetween heaven and
    earthLift this veil and you will see How all
    sects and religions are one.
  • Lift this veil and you will ask---When "I" and
    "You" do not existWhat is mosque?What is
    synagogue?What is fire temple?

AMIR KHUSRO (Parrot of Hind) (1253 A.D. to
1325 A.D.)
  • Amir Khusro was a great Sufi, a wealthy
    merchant who once exchanged all his wealth for a
    pair of Nizamuddins shoes,Liguist,artist,prolific
    author,musician,inventor(sitar),composer and a
    true devoted disciple.He was "All-in-One" mixture
    of Divine gifts.

Amir KhusroLove of Prophet
  • I wonder what was the place where I was last
    night,All around me were half-slaughtered
    victims of love,tossing about in agony.There
    was a nymph-like beloved with cypress-like
    formand tulip-like face,Ruthlessly playing
    havoc with the hearts of the lovers.God himself
    was the master of ceremonies in that heavenly
    court,oh Khusro, where (the face of) the Prophet
    too was shedding lightlike a candle.

Amir Khusro-Bargain
  • A poor man came to Nizamuddin Aulia asking for
    alms at a time when there was nothing left in the
    khaneqah to be given. The saint expressed his
    helplessness, but pointed to a torn and tattered
    pair of sandals that belonged to him, saying if
    those could be of any help to the poor man, he
    could take them. The faqir, having no choice,
    decided to take them any way, and left. When he
    was on his way to some other city, he met Amir
    Khusrau who was returning from his royal journey
    with camels and horses loaded with wealth.
    Khusrau sensed something odd as he met this man,
    and told him "Bu-e Shaikh mi aayad, Bu-e Shaikh
    mi aayad". (I smell my master, I smell my
    master). This man dejectedly told him the story
    about how he could only get these sandals from
    Nizamuddin Aulia.
  • It is said that Khusrau after seeing his pir's
    belongings decided to trade his entire entourage
    of wealth for this pair of sandals, placed them
    on his head and came rushing to see Nizamuddin
    Aulia. His pir saw the sandals and asked Khusrau
    how he found them. When Khusrau told him about
    the price he has paid for them, Nizamuddin Aulia
    said, "Arzaan khareedi". (Well, you 've got them
    quite cheap).

Amir Khusro-Risking Faith
  • Sultan Jalaluddin Khilji once expressed to
    Khusro his desire to meet Nizamuddin Aulia but
    asked him not to disclose his plan to the saint.
    Khusro was perplexed in the beginning, but
    finally couldnt keep his promise and told
    Nizamuddin Aulia about Sultans desire. His pir
    who did not wish to meet the king left the
    Khanqah for a far away place on the fixed day.
    When the Sultan came to know about this, he asked
    Khusro why he betrayed him. Khusro replied that
    in betraying the king he risked only his life in
    this world, but in betraying his spiritual king
    he would be risking his Iman (faith), and his
    afterlife. The Sultan was left speechless.

Jami (1414-92)
  • Whether your destiny is glory or disgrace,Purify
    yourself of hatred and love of self.Polish your
    mirror and that sublime BeautyFrom the regions
    of mysteryWill flame out in your heartAs it did
    for the saints and prophets.Then, with your
    heart on fire with that Splendor, The secret of
    the Beloved will no longer be hidden.

  •   If Love manifests itself within you, it has
    its origins in beauty. You are nothing but a
    mirrorin which beauty is reflected. Because
    beauty and its reflection are both from that One
    Source,it is both treasure and

  • O SERVANT, where dost thou seek Me?Lo! I am
    beside thee.I am neither in temple nor in
    mosque I am neither in Kaaba nor in
    KailashNeither am I in rites and ceremonies,
    nor in Yoga and renunciation.If thou art a true
    seeker, thou shalt at once see Me thou shalt
    meet Me in a moment of time.Kabîr says, "O
    Sadhu! God is the breath of all breath.
  • Kabir(1440-1518) a medieval mystic poet and
    religious synthesist, Kabir was the link between
    Hindu Bhakti and Islamic Sufism (mysticism),
    which had gained a large following among Indian
    Muslims. Sufis (mystics) also believed in singing
    hymns and in meditation under guidance of a
    leader. They welcomed non-Muslims in their
    hospices. Sikhism drew inspiration from both
    Bhaktas and Sufis.

Sufi Princess-Jahanara
  • Jahanara ( 1614-1681) daughter of the
    Emperor Shahjahan, wrote a biography of her Sufi
    mentor  Mulla Shah , biographical  account of the
    famous  Sufi of  Ajmer,  Moin al-Din Chishty (d.
    1236). In The Confidant of Spirits the
    Princess  uses the word faqiraSufi
  • Praise  be to God as I attained the happiness of
    pilgrimage to the illuminated and perfumed tomb
    of the revered saving master. I went to the holy
    sanctuary and rubbed my pale face on the dust of
    the threshold. From the door-way to the blessed
    tomb I went barefoot, kissing the ground. Having
    entered the dome, I went around the light-filled
    tomb of my master seven times, sweeping it with
    my eyelashes, and making the sweet-smelling dust
    of that place the mascara of my eyes.

Sufi Prince-Dara Shikoh
  • I was enamoured of studying books on the ways of
    the men of the Path and had in my mind nothing
    save the understanding of the Unity of God and
    before this, in a state of ecstasy and
    enthusiasm, I had uttered some words pertaining
    to sublime knowledge, because of which certain
    bigoted and narrow-minded people accused me of
    heresy and apostasy. It was then that I realised
    the importance of compiling the aphorisms of
    great believers in the Unity of God and the
    sayings of saints who have, hitherto,
    acquiredknowledge of Reality, so that these may
    serve as an argument against those who are really
  • Dara Shikoh(1615-1659), eldest son of the Shah
    Jahan .Hebecame disciple of Mian Mir(d.1635),a
    Qadiriya Sufi of Lahore who laid foundation stone
    of Golden Temple,holiest shrine of sikhs. Dara
    called Qadri Sufi Orderthe best path of reaching
    DivinityHe established bridges of understanding
    between IslamHinduism.
  • BooksSirr ul Akbar(the great secret)Persian
    Translation of Upanishad, Sakinat
    ul-Aulia,Safinat ul-Aulia Risala-i Haq Numa, the
    Tariqat ul-Haqiqat, the Hasanat ul-'Arifin ,
    Iksir-i 'Azam. Majma ul-Bahrain,Mukalama-i Baba
    Lal Das wa Dara Shikoh, the Sirr-i Akbar and his
    Persiantranslations of the Yoga Vashishta and
    the Gita.

  • Sultan-ul-Mashaikh (Leader of Sufi
    Sanits)Mehboob-e-Elahi (Beloved of Allah).most
    distinguished scholar imparting lessons in
    Humanity, Truth,Love,Charityand Piety.His
    Khanqahis revered by all faiths,Hindus,SikhsMusli
  • Three essential elements for the Sufi dervish
    Love, Wisdom, and GnosisNizam
  • Baba Farid, said to him "Be like a big tree, so
    that Allah's creation, the human beings in their
    vast multitudes, may find rest and solace under
    your shadow."

Hasan Kaimi-Bosnian Mystic (d.1691)
  • O seeker of truth, it is your heart's eye you
    must open. Know the Divine Unity today, through
    the path of love for Him. If you object 'I am
    waiting for my mind to grasp His nature', Know
    the Divine Unity today, through the path of love
    for Him.  
  • Should you wish to behold the visage of
    God, Surrender to Him, and invoke His
    names, When your soul is clear a light of true
    joy shall shine. Know the Divine Unity today,
    through the path of love for Him. 

Bulleh Shah
  • Baba Bulleh Shah (1680-1758) was the great
    humanist, philosopher, rebel, internationalist,
    teacher and Sufi poet of all times,was the
    disciple of Enayat Shah Lahori, who himself was a
    great Sufi of his time

Bulleh Shah-
Tere Ishq Nachaya
  • Mother do not bar me from this love.Whoever
    turns back unloaded boats that have left?How
    foolish I was, not going with the
    boatman.Compelled by love I dance, I dance.
  • Peacocks sing in the groves of love.My
    beautiful beloved is my Kaba, my Qibla.He
    injured me, then turned away.Compelled by love I
    dance, I dance.
  • Bullhe Shah, I sit at Inayats door,He
    clothed me in robes of green and red.When I
    stamped my heel, I found him.Compelled by love I
    dance, I dance.
  • O Physician, come back! my life is ebbing
    away.Compelled by love, I dance, I dance.
  • This love has set up camp inside me.It is
    I, who filled the cup with this poison and drank
    it.Come back right away, else, I will surely
    die.Compelled by love, I dance, I dance.
  • The sun has set, its glow remains.Grant me
    a sight of you again! I would die for it!What a
    mistake I made, not going with you.Compelled by
    love I dance, I dance.