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When my Beloved appears,

With what eye do I see Him?

With His eye, not with mine,

For none sees Him except Himself.

Front poetry

تو نے کیا، جو کیا، پھر مجھے کہتا ہے کہ یہ تو نے کیا۔
تو جانتا ہے کہ میرے وجود میں کیا ہے اس کے سوا جو تو نے کیا۔
میرا وہ ہر عمل جو تو مجھے کرتے دیکھتا ہے، اے میرے خدا! یہ تو نے ہی تو کیا۔


— فتوحات مکیہ از شیخ اکبر محی الدین ابن العربی

You must strive to loosen the knot of persistence and stubborn insistence in your heart.

Ibn al-Arabi

I ask of You, O my God, an eloquent tongue and truthful speech; appropriate understanding and an innermost centre of taste; a truly receptive heart and a discerning mind; radiant thought and insatiable yearning; eyes that are lowered [before You] and a burning desire. Grant me a hand of [total] empowerment and a strength that brooks no resistance; a soul at peace and supple limbs for obeying You. Purify me that I may come to You, and grant that I may be brought before You.

— Ibn al-Arabī, 

God appeared to me in the inmost heart of my being and said to me: "Make known to My servants that which you have verified of My generosity... Why do My servants despair of My Mercy when My Mercy embraces everything?

— Futuhat al-Makkiyya

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