The Lover & the Beloved in Sufi Literature

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

Sometimes in Sufi literature, the seeker is referred to as the “lover” and God is the “Beloved”.  By Reality, however, God is always the Lover and we are the Beloved, Created out of His Love.  Whilst we have been unfaithful, He has never ceased waiting for us.  What is the proof of this?  In every act of worship, it is He Who Awaits us, and it is us who deign to come.  Since God is the Originator of every act, our worship is, in reality, His Glorification of Himself, through us.  Our every calling of Him, is His Exaltation of us.  And that is why, in the Qur’an He Says: 

سُوۡرَةُ بنیٓ اسرآئیل / الإسرَاء

۞ وَلَقَدۡ كَرَّمۡنَا بَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ ۬ (٧٠) 

We have Honoured the sons of Adam … (Surah al-Isra’:70) 

We only yearn by His Capacity.  It is His Longing that Promises Union.


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