'The lights of some people precede their invocations, while the invocations of some people precede their lights. There is the invoker who invokes so that his heart may be illumined and there is the invoker whose heart has been illumined - and he invokes.'
(Ibn `Ata'Allah al-Iskandari)
'The Book of Wisdom'
By Victor Danner (Author), Wheeler M. Thackston (Author), Annemarie Schimmel (Author)
Two early Sufi classics are contained here in one volume. They embody the essence of spiritual life in the Islamic tradition. Ibn 'Ata' Illah (c. 1250-1309) was a Sufi saint and sage who lived in Egypt. Kwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006-1089) was one of major early writers of Persian mystical literature.