Oh lovers of the Highest Presence!
Come to us! You have
arrival in us.
This is the moment of
embarkation for the most glorious station — Praise be to Allah since
we are worthy of it.
The summoner of Allah
called us before our existence.
When existence came,
we heard his word.
The dove of arrival
was full of yearning after its separation, so we set out in order to
be rejoined. By Allah, there is no power!
We are the kings of
the earth in respect to His nearness.
We spent ourselves in
His love, and then the people.
We are in the light of
the sun while others are in deepest darkness. We have a keen eye
wherever He appears in tajalli.
From the light of
Allah, we have light upon light.
Allah guides whoever
is worthy to the light of the wali.
Do not be amazed at
this. There were guides to realization in the earlier communities
The people abandoned
them and their words were not heard: the days were bitter and people
were in negligence.
After the death of the
Shaykh, his like appears. This is the Sunna of Allah which occurs.
There is no changing it.
If you miss reaching
him in his life, that interval,
That interval is
certain after his moving on.
Roll up your sleeves
and do what he commands,
and take knowledges
from him, both cheap and dear.
That is seen with every Gnostic, so whoever
intellect should ask
the intellect for help.
He says, ‘the time has
passed me by! What a pity!’ and he sets out to find the Real in
truth, even if He is Majestic.
He says, ‘I am
drowned! There is no ‘mine’ and no ‘with me’.’ He should ask the
help of the lords of arrival in order to arrive.
They are more suited
to give the thirsty one his drink —
They have the
overflowing of the Merciful and a drink, which is sweet.
Whoever does not enrich the Mureed with the
first glance is
in the fetters of
ignorance, encircled by ignorance.
There is no Shaykh
except the one who is generous with his secret, concerned for the
Mureed more than himself.
He removes the veils
from him, which prevents him from reaching the highest station,
He enters the presence
of Allah after his separation,
and he sees the
manifestation of Allah wherever he turns.
He is utterly and
completely annihilated to the world.
He loves neither
chaste-eyed women nor friends.
By Allah! This is a
Shaykh who has no like! He is unique in the age, unique in the
He is the piercing
star if you desire his nearness. If your self is precious, he is
more precious than it.
The Messenger of Allah
has clothed him in the garment of the Khalifate — he was adorned
with that garment after he had withdrawn.
It is enough that he
is the heir to the secret of his Lord — pure, serene of heart,
adorned with beauty.
He took knowledge from
the Messenger, which is enough: it is the knowledge of the inward
suspended in the heart.
It is a knowledge,
which is completely hidden from creation, and a secret, which is
protected from articulation — it is not recited.
A mighty one
containing a mighty one descended in his heart — Might belongs to
Allah, the Messenger, and the rulers.
They are a badl for
the Messengers in every community: they undertook Allah’s call, and
represented the Messengers.
They clarified the
meaning of the path to Allah and they testified to Tawheed as the
Good health to them
from a people who’s Lord has been generous to them with His nearness
and has appeared in tajalli with pleasure.
They are such a people
whose company does not give any trouble to a person. Their Prophet
said that in the Sahih, and what he said is sound.
They are the firm grip
— take hold of them! They are the guardians of the people of the
earth in the steppes and the desert.
They have hearts,
which see what others do not see when they are awake. When they
sleep — they arrive in their sleep.
By Allah! The sleep of
the Gnostic needs no mention! How then is the prayer of the Gnostic
when he prays?
He stands on the
ceiling of the throne with Allah in the state of his nearness. What
It is such a state
that had the state come between it and me I would have said, ‘this
is impossible! Such a state is not agreeable.’
A state in which the
Mighty descends after distance and the circumambulator of arrival
goes round it after separation.
We are as we were and
still are. We returned to the presence of tawheed like the
A Beloved gave a
tajalli of His light to us. We obtained a portion of that light,
even if it is sublime.
The light of the sun
appeared in the moon of darkness:
I was a branch of it
and it was a root from me.
Our desire covered our
intellects as if we were insane although we have no insanity.
You see us among
people while we are not as you see.
By Allah! Our spirits
rise above the highest ‘above’.
We have intelligence
from the restraint of the intellects. What a jewel unique in beauty
it has! How excellent an intellect!
It does not have a
consciousness of other-than-Allah —
May His praise be
exalted! This is the hobbling-cord, which restrains, even if but a
Good health to you
from a people whom your Lord has chosen and made them for Himself
with a perfect formation!
He has chosen them by
unveiling the protection from the light of His Face. Is gratitude
equal to that? No! I said, No!
Direct your gratitude
to the One who was generous with what is more mighty than the mighty
and more entitled to might.
Boast of yourselves to
the throne and the earth. You are the slaves of Allah. As for other
Bodies, which have
descended into their graves and dissolved, are brought to life by
you. They were bodily remains and dust.
It is as if you were
the spirit of Allah descending in Adam as Maryam received the breath
Dance then in ecstasy,
distraction, and rapture! Drag the coat tails of might — you are
worthy of them.
Your words are the
sweetest — one inclines to their good report. It is as if it were
glorification from the Highest Assembly.
It is as if it were
the magic of Allah attracting the heart. Allah tells the Truth, and
the false flees.
You contain might,
Yes! As well as power and force. Your might is might and your
dynasty is in power.
I have praised you,
No! We praise your Praiser because you are the People, and praise
Peace be upon you is
what your speaker said. May Allah reward whoever calls to the
If I am your slave
serving your slave, I have glory and might among the leaders.
Your lover loves Allah
because of your love since you are the door of Allah, the Majestic,
Do you have a portion
of their tasting? If you are like them, yes, you have a leap.
If you find that you
have nothing of what they have, then be just to yourself — this
attribute will follow.
Have you rolled up
phenomenal beings away from you in a glance? Have you seen the
Merciful wherever He appeared in
Have you annihilated
mankind from you in an instant? Are you lost to all, and the high
Have you gone around
the cosmos from every side? Has the cosmos gone around you while you
are its qibla?
Have the veils
departed from you as a mark of honor? Has the cloak been removed and
has the covering departed?
It is said to you,
‘Draw near! This is Our Beauty! Welcome! Enjoy yourself! Welcome to
Has the caller called
you so that you stood up to do his bidding while you had
in the journey and removed the sandals?
you from every side, When arrival is sound, you incline greatly
Have you protected the
secret of Allah after its manifestation when you were entrusted with
it? Have you put on the Robe of Honor?
This is part of what
will indicate your nearness. If not, then secrets are not revealed
in the Assembly.
If this description is
sound in you, then how excellent it is! If not, you are far from the
presence of the Master.
Stay away from the
knowledge of people you do not belong to — do not go near the
orphan’s property: that is affliction itself.
The anger of Allah is
great. Oh failure of the one who makes varnished lies take the place
Does being distinct in
speech and praise have any use? Does embellishment with the remedy
of the illness have any use?
Does the sick man
benefit from anything other than his medicine? Does anything give
the exile joy other than his family?
If you invent and
declare words like their words, that is the hornet’s wax. Where then
is the bee’s honey?
Would that I knew who
the guarantor is and what it is which has summoned him to these lies
he takes upon himself.
How stupid he is! His
life is squandered while he desires to attract the stars with a
That he had told Allah
the truth would have been better than that he should lose his share
of life in general —
And that he should act
by what he knows in order to inherit what he does not know. The
accepted saying brought this from the Prophet.
Let him come to the
houses of Allah by their doors.
Let him avoid lying
and not consider it easy.
Does he not fear the
Merciful, protecting his honor and guarding the light of Iman
so that it does not depart?
Does he not fear Allah
whose words indicate realization and the Highest Station?
You hear a tongue
reciting what is not in his heart as if he had knowledge of what he
He says that the
Gnostic is above his words — that he is with Allah in the desert and
himself among the common people naming his like. Among the elite, he
Had it not been that
the unveiling of Allah was inconsistent with his state, we would
have held to a good opinion and considered him to be worthy.
Had it not been for
the veil of Allah, which we fear to rip apart, we would have
disclosed their names in detail, not in general.
Is the seeker of Allah
satisfied with His distance? It grieves him and he needs to arrive.
The one who desires
the meaning has a mark on his face and a light on his brow which
shines and flashes —
modesty, and trust, ready to forgive critics, esteeming retreat.
He has a
rising above every
Nothing stops him. He sees the rugged as easy.
He has no other
purpose than his desire. He does not reach for people as he does not
He has a beautiful
attribute. It is enough description to say that he desires Allah.
How excellent a lodging!
Whoever is a
makes this will the aim of his eyes, and then he withdraws
From every blameworthy
attribute which he understands from his self. After his withdrawal,
he is adorned with the opposite.
He is a slave of Allah
in every state, He brings the fard and esteems the nawafil,’
Until Allah is his
hearing, his sight, tongue, articulation and hands as well as feet.
He dies before he dies
and his Lord brings him to life. What is after death that is
He takes account of
himself by himself before, and he is the representative of Allah
more than himself.
Let him see the
existence of Allah before and after his existence and wherever he
Allah was alone and
nothing was with Him. He is as He was, First and Last.
He is One in essence —
there is nothing other-than-Him. He is as He was, First and Last.
He is One in essence —
there is nothing other-than-Him. Inwardly Hidden, Outwardly
Manifest, Before-endless-time, and He does not depart.
Wherever you look you
see His existence. There is no ‘except’ in absolute
How can a doorman
encompass the essence of Allah? There is no veil except the light
You will only have
this by keeping the company of one who has a rising station and a
If you happen to meet
the caller whose claim is true and who indicates realization and the
Then beware of
overlooking him! Examine his words and ask him about arrival. Does
he reflect arrival?
If he indicates
distance, that is because of his distance.
If he indicates
nearness, then consider him worthy.
He will make the Way
to Allah clear for you — intending by that the Face of Allah, the
Majestic, the Exalted!
He will elevate your
state when you meet him, and he will place your foot on the journey
to the Master.
You will obtain His
favor by specifying the letters until you see the letters shining on
They only have
manifestation in your heart, and heedlessness departs when the Name
is firmly rooted.
Then exalt the letters
as much as you can, and write them on everything, high and low.
After specifying the
Name, you will rise by its light until phenomenal beings are
annihilated from you and vanish.
However, you will be
annihilated by the command of the Shaykh, not by you. He is the
proof of Allah, so take him as a protector.
He will bring you out
of the narrowness of prison, to the open space — to the open space
of open space, to the First of the first —
Until you see that the
world has nothing in its essence. It is less than the least in the
exaltation of the Master.
If exaltation emerges,
you will be annihilated in His eyes because you were nothing from
the very first moment.
You did not know who
you were. You were, and no you! You will go on without you, and
there is no power and no strength!
annihilation, you will rise to going-on —
To the going-on of
going-on — to the very limit of height!
Is not the witnessing
of Allah where we alight? O failure of the one who is distracted
He has squandered a
precious life without cause. He stands in the way of his might as if
it were a shackle on him.
That is only illusion,
which he fears to drive away. Had he had resolution, he would have
turned away from base people.
Let him set off to
seek Allah before he dies! Does the seeker of Allah base himself on
Whoever realizes the
goal is serious in his quest. Had it been for His sake, he would
have rushed towards death.
How sweet is the drink
of the people whose taste we communicate! I do not mean wine and I
do not mean honey.
A drink with a
timeless description — we cannot describe it. Every excellent
describer becomes exhausted in attempting it.
Its cup is like it and
aids its drink. Is its cup enough without it? I said, ‘Yes.’
I was amazed at this
cup which let one drink of itself. It goes around the lovers — this
is one of its properties.
Part of its
description is magic, which is inscribed on its side. Whoever sees
its seal, withdraws from the attack.
It is a wonder that I
have not divulged its secret. Had a person other than me drunk some
of it, he would neither have prayed or fasted.
Had the Imam looked at
the light of its beauty, he would have prostrated to it instead of
Had the scholar smelt
its scent during his discourse, it would have made him lose his head
about discoursing immediately, without delay.
Had the one doing Sa’y
seen its radiance, he would not have run nor done tawaf
around the Ancient House nor kissed the Stone.
Yes, He orders all to
kiss its corner when he sees the meaning of the goal shining from
How is patience
possible when one thinks that he is low of value once he has become
Yes, he reveals pride,
boldness and rapture, might, desire, and joy, I mean exuberance.
This is an ancient
wine, whose drink is precious: you do not see evil suggestion and
you do not fear ill effects.
There is no heat in it
and it is not cold. There is no draining it by meaning — that is, no
Fine, delicate of
description — we cannot describe it. Every excellent describer
becomes exhausted in attempting it.
A dot from it is
enough for whoever is under the ground and whoever is above and to
the very limit of height.
Yes, a dot inclining
from the fineness of a glass would cover the intellects and would
make them lose their reason.
You see the
manifestations of the cosmos prostrating to each other — there is a
subtle secret, which is hidden from the eye.
You see them as you
see drunkards in their love. Everyone has a beloved and does not
desire a substitute for the beloved.
Had it not been for
the beauty of Allah in every form, Qays would not have been struck
with yearning for Layla.
Lovers would not have
loved the beauty of the lovely girl, nor would beautiful women who
trail the train of their skirts have inclined.
Had it not been that
the beauty of Allah appeared in His workmanship, you would have seen
the excellence of beauty as if it were dung.
There is an unexpected
beauty in dung for another: for it is the Beloved of flies as well
There is no
manifestation in the cosmos but that its secret is loved by another,
even the grain of sand.
No wonder they are
drunk in His love! Their goal is a goal and their parting is
Their wine is the
glass of love before their existence. This one strives for it and
that one is fond of jesting.
This one has love of
it yet is not a lover, and that one desires the journey while his
leg is hobbled.
This one has a weak
self and laments his state. Another one weeps and wails like the
Another one has an
immense value and wonders at his state. This one is dull-minded as
if he were a chunk of firewood.
This is the king of
the people, proud of his victory: people obey him and concern
themselves with his nearness.
This one is weak in
resolution and drinking exhausts him. Another one has great courage
and leaps to it.
This one desires
nearness and withdraws from his nearness as if he were separated
from it, and the state is not separated.
All slaves of Allah
have withdrawn into His love. They have no goal nor inclination
In respect to
containers, their enclosure is narrow. When they look at the cosmos,
it appears as a lump.
They sigh with sorrow
for what they had before the entry of the spirits, I mean into
The caller of nearness
summoned them: ‘I am with you! Wherever you turn, My light appears
I am One in Essence,
Manifest in all. Does other than Me appear? No! Then again, No!
I made the veil of
creation a covering for the Real. There are unexpected secrets and a
spring in creation.
Whoever does not know
my ‘Ayn (source) in My Ghayn (clouds) says, ‘Where am
I ?’ and no partner, No!
The dot of Zayn
(adornment) moved to Rayn (rust). Look! What is Shayn
(disgrace) except Zayn completed with the dot?
Come to the
gatheredness of the Out-of-time! Does He have any lack? Certainly
not! He was and still is!
I was absolute of
essence, not contained by My place.
I was from Me, and
knowledge is ignorant of it.
There is no above nor
end to the above of the above. There is no below nor end to the
below of the below.
I am concealed in My
true nature, a treasure inscribed on a talisman — without limit in
breadth, without limit in length.
I appeared in the one
with an inward part before his manifestation. I asked Myself about
Myself. It said, Yes, indeed!
Does other have
manifestation, which is possible in respect to Him? He poured, then
inclined, then leapt, and then spoke.
I am One in essence,
something unique. I cannot be contained by anything, even a little.
Do I have a scope,
which other-than-Me might have? Or is there a vacuum? No! And No!
My true nature is
hidden in respect to its source. My attributes are manifest in
general and in detail.
There is no direction
but I turn to it. Does other have existence? Is there any lack in My
My essence is the
essence of existence. It was as you see. My exaltation is not
limited by as much as a mustard seed.
Where does creation
appear when Allah is Vast? Where is other when all is filled?
Gatheredness is the
same as separation in respect to its root. Creation is the source of
realization, an interpreted truth.
Interpret nearness and
you will obtain nearness. Then there is no hulul impossible
and He did not descend in hulul.
Remove the touch of
other from the essence of Allah.
Nothing can carry it
and nothing is carried to it.
It is hidden in
manifestation, appearing in its source.
It placed successive
veils over its might.
Beware of the veil!
You are pleased to destroy it.
These are the limits
of Allah: fortress and locks.
Whoever discloses the secret of Allah, calls
conceals secrets is respected.
Is there not abundance
and awe in concealing the secret, as well as glory, exaltation, and
might among leaders?
Good character is
enough when he brings it hidden from Allah, an idle treasure.
O people of His
inheritance! Preserve His contract and guard His secret with respect
Is He not enough for
you in glory, might and honor?
You have drunk sweet
water and a fresh spring from the Messenger.
They established the
Deen of Allah and helped his Shari‘ah. They were, as He desired in
word and deed.
Is there a value equal
to this Messenger? Has he any like? Certainly not! — Again, No! And
He is unique in
beauty. He contains in himself what the slaves of Allah, Prophet and
He is a universal sea.
All is like his wave; He is a light shining from the presence of the
O Messenger! You
permitted our praise, and you are dearer than all that description
Shall I pursue the
traces of true nature in order to recount some of it? I went to the
low and I went to the high —
I was forced to return
to incapacity saying, ‘What is praise? What is glorification? What
is might? What is height?’
It is enough that you
are the manifestation of Allah’s light. Allah did not take leave of
you — No! And He did not hate you.
The exaltation of
Allah is His mercy in you. O beauty of the Real! May the Mawlana
O Lord! Grant peace,
then baraka, exalt, glorify and then magnify him, and bless
with every prayer.
Bless his secret, his
interior, and his spirit. Bless his Companions and family with him
Prepare helpers for
him from his company, and join them together for his sake, and unite
We have called on you
with the du’a of the enthralled, the utterly distracted.
You know my Lord best
by what has descended inwardly. You have disposal of the command and
the rendering of judgement.
insignificant slave, Ahmad al-‘Alawi, to save him from his many
As You preserve him
with a preservation, which is, appropriate to his state, and accept
his excuse. You are worthy of it.
Peace, then blessings,
last and first, beginning and end, in detail and in general.
Be upon the one whom
Allah boasts of to all mankind, as long as birds sing and the
Then pleasure and
honor and mercy which surrounds the people of the presence of Allah,
young and old.