Poem from the chapter on
‘The Wisdom of Elevation and Prophecy in the Word of Jesus’
From Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-hikam
As for the spiritual bringing to life through knowledge, this is luminous, sublime, eternal, divine life about which God said, “Or whoever was dead and we brought him to life and we made for him a light with which he walks among the people”( Q. 6:122). Anyone who revives a dead soul through the life of knowledge, with regard to a particular question relating to the knowledge of God, has brought him to life by it, so it is for him a light with which he walks among the people, that is among those resembling him in form.
Were it not for Him and were it not for us
that which is would not have been.
We are truly servants
and God is our master;
And we are the same as Him. Know this
when you say ‘human being’
And do not be veiled by human being.
He has given you proof,
So be the Real ( haqq) and be creation (khalq)!
You will be, through God, All-compassionate.
Nourish His creation through Him,
You will be a “refreshing repose and reviving scent.” (Q.56:89)
We give Him that by which He appears in us,
and He gives to us.
The affair becomes shared
between Him and us.
He gives life to the one who knows my heart
when He gives us life.
In Him, we were beings
and potentialities and moments.
In us, it is not always so,
but only so at times.
Translated from the Arabic by Cecilia Twinch