Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Allah’s is the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between, and unto Him is the journeying. – The Holy Qur’an 5:18
On the road that leads to the Beloved
Every stone is made of gold.
Every step we take brings knowledge to us.
Even what appears to be a mistake, or an error,
Can bring us closer to purity and truth.
Every good intention, thought and action
Guides the soul toward the Goal.
Every true word that is heard,
Every understanding received,
Every challenge met,
Every station, by God’s Grace, attained
Leads the traveler
Through the labyrinth
Of steps and tests
Surely, to the One
Who has left, at every turn in the Road,
Signs of His Existence,
Clear signs showing the Way
That lead to Him.
Not only do our successes show us the way,
But even more deeply, our apparent failures
Those moments in our journey
When we are most deeply humbled
And realize our limitations,
Realizing that every step we take
Is not due to our own power and will,
But occurs by the Grace of God.
The journey that leads to the Beloved
Is guided by His Love.
- The first part of a lovely and poetic introduction to the spiritual autobiography, Journey Through Ten Thousand Veils, by Sheikha Maryam Kabeer Faye