Sirru al-Hubb al-Ilahi
The Secret of the Love of God
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
That which one yearns for, he loves,
And this yearning makes him great
By transforming the depth of poverty
In the yearning of His slave,
His need and his longing to give Him everything,
What his heart truly desires.
This yearning (himma) is oil in the fire of
God's Passion which makes this fire in the heart of the lover grow very
hot and strong and bright. Sparks fly as the lover turns to the right and
left, cooking in the fire of love, and becoming more and more tender and
ready to be consumed.
The quality of Love of which we speak is
such that both lover and Beloved are consumed by a single flame and whether
by union or by seeming separation, by presence or absence, the flame is
fanned. The lover kills himself to live in his Beloved and destroys all
his qualities; he empties the cup of his existence so that it may be filled
entirely with the Qualities and Presence of his Lord.
Why does Allah give the name mahabba (gift
of love) to this quality of love? Because this fire purifies the heart
of everything but al-mahbub, the Beloved, and al-mahbub is one who puts
his neck on the doorsill of his Beloved and whose heart is inseparable
from his Beloved, breath to breath, moment to moment; and his heart is
eaten by the fire of the Beloved; yet this fire is not fire, but light
upon light. Then when he speaks, he speaks with his Lord and when he walks
he walks with his Lord and when he sleeps he sleeps with his Lord. As Allah
says to His prophet David, "I forbid the hearts of My lovers any love except
My Love. Understand, David My beloved."
But the Love of Allah has two sides: the love
of the truth for the human being and the love of the human being for truth.
When truth loves a person, the truth of love within him moves him to love
whatever he loves. Not understanding what is inspiring him to love, he
attaches the energy of his feeling to what appears to him without as the
object of his love. For example, when the love moves a man to love a woman
and he stops with her body, the very body he thinks he loves becomes a
strong veil to the essence of the love which is moving him. Then he is
moving as an animal moves and loving as an animal loves. In this he touches
only some of the love, the smell of the love and the heat of the fire but
this is not enough for him to taste the fullness of the truth of the love
which is moving him.
When the fire of his love touches the essence
of the love of the soul of the woman he loves, then the sparks and the
waves of flame flash out and return to their source in the blaze of Divine
Passion (al-Ishq) and his body disappears; her body also disappears. All
the veils, all the fascination of coming and going between them disappears
in the experience of their indivisible Unity and God returns to love Himself
alone. But He created these people and the fire between them to realize
the essence of His Love. Whereas in the beginning, the man thought he loved
a woman, when he comes to realize the essence of the fire, he sees that
he himself is the Beloved and she is also the Beloved and in this, Allah
alone is the Beloved and no other exists.
As Allah has said, "I was a Hidden Treasure
that desired to be known. So I manifested all the creation to reveal the
essence of the deep secret Knowing of Myself. He whom I created to reveal
the treasure carries within himself this treasure but he must explode the
mountain of his existence to discover the treasure which is hidden within
When man thinks he loves the body of the
woman, the body is a veil to his true Love; then the body of his entire
existence is a veil, like a mountain in which the treasure is concealed
and Allah created this mountain of His water and clay exactly in order
that He could bury His treasure within it.
This is the first side of the love in which
Allah breathes all the creation into existence, and the second part of
the Love is the return in which the creature breathes his existence back
into his Lord. But how to explode the mountain of your entire being? Plant
the flaming seed of your yearning in your own earth. When the man loves
the woman it is to know her as himself, to love her, to enter her as himself,
as Adam entered Eve who was of his own substance and truth, to penetrate
her body as a veil and touch the essence within her, within himself. When
you use the fire of your passion to open yourself, to know yourself, and
to know the treasure which is hidden within you, the fire of your yearning
explodes in the depth of your own substance creating an opening within,
a space within.
Before, when the fire went outside, the
earth within was dense and obscure, but now the density breaks open inside
after this holy fire of Love cleans the inner earth. Then plant your tree;
put the seed back into your earth, water it with the living water, the
essence of love; fertilize it with all the accumulated compost of your
mind and self and let it grow up in the Light of Knowing and keep the breath
of dhikr moving around it so that the garden of the soul does not stagnate
and the tree always has space to grow in. When the tree is grown keep this
tree inside you. Then sit under it and take a branch in your hand and take,
from the branch, the fruit of the milk of the essence of the love. By eating
this you begin to live and in so giving birth to yourself, you unearth
the holy treasure which He created you to bear. Then when you look into
the treasure with the eye of your soul, you see one who sees you looking
into the essence of the jewel. Allah sees you as you see Him. Look again.
There is no you, only He; it is He who sees Himself in the mirror of your
soul, as it remembers itself in the treasure of His Essence. Then, in truth,
you live in the garden of love and the breath of love has two dimensions;
breathe fully in and out, to embrace the full circle of the love, without
losing any breath, any side or, dimension, to experience the creation and
re-creation of yourself by the Mercy of Allah and His Desire to be known.
And with all this, return.
Know my beloved, the love is eternal between
Allah and His creation and the electric circuitry of His love flows through
everything. If not for this, nothing would move that moves; nothing would
live that lives. Because every planet in its orbit and every cell in its
course is a witness to the Love of Allah and a sign of His Wisdom. Keep
this love inside you and live with it all the time, because the moment
you lose it, you lose yourself; you lose Him. This is your message from
your Beloved Allah, if you know Who speaks with you. I am the Love. I am
the Wine. Drink this Wine to know Me well.
And as you drink, I ask you, beloved, to
listen with deep Ear of the Presence of Muhammad, may peace and blessings
be upon him, within you, in which you are one of his people. Be with Me
in all your senses and prepare to receive wisdom from within your heart
which is bound to his heart having been annihilated in the overwhelming
Love of your Essence. The language of speaking is inadequate to reveal
this teaching and also the language of body, heart and soul are not high
enough. Listen to the tongue of God's caring because if He did not care,
He would not be calling you now. For that reason, He speaks to you by means
of the tongue of His Love for you, saying: "Oh, you who believe..."
Dearly beloved, who believes in everything
that has been revealed to your heart, all of the meanings of the knowledge
of Truth which you have come to realize and embrace, be with Me in everything
that I want from you in the way of knowledge. If you don't listen, you
will have lost the chance to see Me, and the advantage of My Wisdom and
the secrets of My Love, which you must know and which you cannot live without.
I mean by life, that you live for My sake and I live for yours. Then you
shall be Mine and I shall be yours.
When one is in this state he is prostrate
before his Beloved in the qiblah of love; he is annihilated in his Beloved
so as to remain beloved by Him. And this is the meaning of the term of
absolute eternal life. The two are annihilated in each other so that both
will remain beloved of the other. And it is here that I say:
He who loves Me, knows Me,
And He who knows Me, finds Me,
And He who finds Me, becomes inflamed by My
I have killed him, so that I may bring him
back to Life
And he whom I have killed, I owe him,
And to the one that is owed,
I become That which is owed,
There is no difference between Me and him
Because I am he and he is I.
So for the one who loves Me in this fashion
it is imperative that he truly taste the fire of My Passion. This fire
is not a fire of the senses, it is light upon light; light issuing like
the fire of Moses when he stopped on the Mountain of Tajalli (revelation;
supreme eternal power; the power of the constant uninterrupted connection
between Moses and God). And it is the same fire which issues from the Lights
of God to all His lovers and through the Perfected Ones (Insan al-Kamal)
who carry the Presence of the reality of the love of essence which is inherent
From this love is extended all of the species
of animals and birds and all creatures like a network of electrical wiring
and it is for this reason that I say, this fire is the electricity of love.
No one knows it except the one who is immersed in the flow of currents.
And I would like you to be one of those people who forever swim in the
ocean of this love, not only swimming therein but drinking of its wine;
wine which absents one from all things except the One in Whose Passion
he is inflamed. And by wine I mean his return to the reality whence he
So know beloved, that the basis of love is
knowledge and the basis of knowledge is existence. This is the station
of ascension by means of love. As one knows and becomes known, he finds
and becomes found; has come to know, has come to love. And then he comes
to a love higher than that, and he comes to know with a higher knowledge,
and he finds that he exists in a higher existence.
As for the station of descention, it is
not really descending; verily its possessor stands on the summit of Divine
Existence. One who is inflamed in passion and slain by the One in Whose
Passion he is inflamed, becomes the One Who owes and he becomes that which
Therefore, the station of ascension teaches
him about existence and the station of descention makes him realize that
he is existence and none other. And there is nothing contained in existence
except Allah. Understand, my beloved, that the station of ascension is
a path that has two dimensions: the human being and God, and each of these
is distinguishable. And as for the station of descent, it is Absolute Truth.
When all the senses disappear from a person and he is slain by the One
in Whose Passion he is inflamed, he is finished with all the worlds. The
image of the human being disappears from him and he reverts to his initial
reality. He returns to where he was in pre-eternity without method or dimension,
without color or form, without sex, male or female. And know that his reality
is the Reality of God. For this reason:
He who loves Me by means of the veil of
knows Me by means of My knowledge that it
is My image.
And he who knows Me by means of My knowledge
that it is My image
finds Me in his image by means of My image.
Then he who finds Me in his image by means
of My image
becomes inflamed in My Passion by means of
And he who becomes inflamed in My Passion
by means of My Reality
is slain by My Reality.
And whoever is slain by My Reality,
My Reality is the One who owes him.
Whomever My Reality owes,
there is no difference between him and My
This is talawwuh: consumption in the fire
of Divine Reality (which fire toucheth not), because when one has become
inflamed in My Passion in this station, he becomes light upon light; a
guiding light that reveals the way to people, outwardly to those who look
without, and inwardly to those who look within. Thus God, who is the Perfect
Person (Insan al-Kamil) who has become myself, guides whom He will, and
that one is Himself. That is to say, when he arrives at the Truth, he realizes
that he is the Truth and the Truth is only known by Truth.
Oh you who love and you who yearn in passion,
do you not know Who he is, the Perfected One who bears the image of Absolute
Love which has no beginning or end? His reality is your reality. By means
of this, you realize that you are the one whom you seek and you are renewed
in eternal life after which there is no death. Understand.