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6:14 Say: “Shall I take as friend other than God, the Originator of the heavens and earth, who feeds and is not fed?”

“After He has honored me with His beautiful friendship, shall I take another as a friend? After the brightness of His solicitude has fallen upon me, shall I gaze on someone else in the two houses?”

“The sun of solicitude and kind favor has shone upon me from the Majestic and Exalted Threshold and taken care of my business without me in the two worlds, lighting up my heart with the eternal love and adorning it with the ornament of closeness. He gave me such eminence at the forefront of acceptance that sometimes He puts up with my disdain: By thy life! [15:72]. Sometimes the grasp of the attributes explains the polish of my heart’s mirror by virtue of solicitude: Did We not expand for thee thy breast? [94:1]. Sometimes the assessor of the beginningless and endless register turns over the acceptance and rejection of the creatures to my threshold: Whatever the Messenger gives you, take; whatever he prohibits you, forgo [59:7]. With all this good fortune, rank, solicitude, and kind favor, how would it be appropriate for my heart to request someone else or to gaze upon this world and the afterworld?”

Hence he said concerning this world, “What do I have to do with this world?” And concerning the afterworld: “The eyesight did not swerve, nor did it trespass” [53:17]. Neither this world nor the afterworld—rather, seeing the Patron.

The Originator of the heavens and earth, the God who created earth and heaven. He is the enactor of the world and the world’s folk, the knower of the apparent and the hidden. He does not partake of daily provision, but He assigns daily provision to the servants. Who feeds and is not fed. To Him belongs the attribute of generosity, so He feeds. To Him belongs the rightful due of eternity, so He is not fed.

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