Listen, O dearly beloved!
I am the reality of the world, the centre of the circumference,
I am the parts and the whole.
I am the will established between Heaven and Earth,
I have created perception in you only in order to be the
object of my perception.
If then you perceive me, you perceive yourself.
But you cannot perceive me through yourself,
It is through my eyes that you see me and see yourself,
Through your eyes you cannot see me.
I have called you so often and you have not heard me
I have shown myself to you so often and you have not
I have made myself fragrance so often, and you have
not smelled me.
Savorous food, and you have not tasted me.
Why can you not reach me through the object you touch
Or breathe me through sweet perfumes?
Why do you not see me? Why do you not hear me?
Why? Why? Why?
The poem points towards a simple fact that everything around us should be a reminder of the Great Creator!
Shaykh Muhiuddin Ibn Arabi (R) (1165 – 1240) was a poet, philosopher and scholar. He is also well known as AL Shaykh Al Akbar or The Greatest Teacher, in the field of Islamic Spirituality.
Photo: A handwritten old manuscript of the Qur’an
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