A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on divinity, facts, imagination, perception, purity, senses, and present

And He is with you wherever you are. . . . (Koran 57:4) Commentary: . . . The companionship expressed by "with" is that of the Being and the non-being, for there is no Being other than Allah. . . . If Allah - May He be exalted! - was not, by His very Essence, which is the Being of all that is, "with" the creatures, we could not attribute being to any of these creatures and they could not be perceived either by the senses, by the imagination, or by the intellect. It is their 'being with' which assures to creatures a relation with Being. Better yet, it is their being itself. This 'being with' embraces all things, whether they are sublime or lowly, great or small. It is through it that they subsist. He is the pure Being by which 'that which is' is. The 'being with' of Allah consists therefore in the fact that He is with us through His essence; that is, through that which we call the divine Self (huwiyya), universally present. . . . Indications of this divine 'being with' are contained in the following verses: And He is witness of all things (Koran 34:47) And Allah, behind them, encompasses them (Koran 85:20) Wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah (Koran 2:116)

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 132, pp. 86-89

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