. . . The divine Reality, when it "combines" with the creatures in a strictly conceptual mode, is hidden to the eyes of the spiritually veiled, who see only the creatures. Conversely, it is the creatures that disappear in the eyes of the masters of the Unity of contemplation (wahdat al-shuhud), for they see only God alone. Thus, both God and the creatures hide the other. . . . . . . In the same way, when there is the state of extinction (fana') - which the men of the way also call "union" (ittihad) - the worshipper and the Worshipped, the Lord and the servant, disappear together. If there is no worshipper, there is no Worshipped; and if there is no servant, there is no Lord. For, when two terms are correlative, the disappearance of one necessarily brings about the disappearance of the other, and therefore they disappear together.
Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 215, p. 100
Contributed by: Zaady