What Lovers Want

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As recorded in Jila’ al-Khathir, Shaykh Muhyi ad-Din Abu Muhammad ibn Abu Swalih ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “The lovers feel no rest in their hearts even if they enter a million Paradises, until they see their Beloved.  They do not wish for a Created thing, but they wish for the Creator.  They do not want benefits, but they want the Benefactor.  They wish for the root, not the branch.  They have given up all their relationships, and have become the individuals of the King.  The earth seems too straitened for them despite its spaciousness.  They have something that keeps them busy, and distracts them from the creatures.  When their hearts see Paradise while awake or asleep, they do not look at it even with a twinkling of an eye.  They look at it as they look at lions, shackles, and prisons.  They say that it is mere veils, care, and torment.  They escape from it as the creatures escape from lions, fetters, and prisons.”


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