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Love

In Sufism, Al-‘ishq is known as the deep passionate love, the highest level of love and all the stations of love can be found in it. Yearning, ecstasy, passion, amazement, and annihilation are all a part of this love. The word love is used linguistically to mean to want or to wish. It is said, “I love to read” or “I love to swim,” and it is also said, “I would love to be able to do such and such a thing,” but the word al-‘ishq cannot be used in that sense. As to the extent of this station or state, no person can give it any limit, just as no person is able to measure love, which is part of it and which is the means for reaching to it. When certain knowledgeable people were asked about the truth ofal-‘ishq, they said, “The following of it is too subtle for a person to understand. Its place is hidden from recognition, and the minds become confused when they try to contain it.” This deep passionate love is the longing for unity! —Music of the Soul, Sidi al-Jamal

“When you find the Love, you find yourself. The secret is in the Love. You are the Love, not another. Everything is in the Love, and everyone needs the Love. If you find this, what more could you want? When you know, what could you want? When you have the knowledge of the Love, you feel peace in your heart. The jewels are inside you.” —Music of the Soul, Sidi al-Jamal.