Allah the Exalted proclaims:
O sons and daughters of Adam, persons desire you only for themselves. I alone desire you truly for yourselves, yet you flee from My Countenance. O humanity, you are unjust to Me.
(This khabar was transmitted through the sage Ka'b al-Ahbar and recommended in Ibn Arabi's Mishkat al-Anwar)
'A Treasury of Sufi Wisdom: The Path of Unity'
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Foreword), Peter Samsel (Editor)
At the very heart of Islam lies the spiritual way of Sufism. Far removed from the negative portrayal of Islam in the headlines, Sufism is rooted in the harmonious qualities of peace, love, beauty, and wisdom. Its primary focus is to return human beings to unity with God. This select treasury of Sufi wisdom includes nearly 400 short sayings from as many as 100 of the greatest Sufi saints and sages in history, covering a vast span of 1,400 years. It includes notable sayings from well-known figures such as Rabiah, al-Hallaj, Junayd, al-Ghazali, Ibn al-Farid, Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and Ahmad al-Alawi. Also featured are over 150 verses from the Koran and the Hadith (Prophetic sayings), which form the foundational sources of this esoteric form of Islam. Whether expressing itself in pithy paradoxical aphorisms, extended intellectual instruction, or rapturous mystical poetry, this compendium of Sufi wisdom will illuminate the spiritual traveler's way of return to God.