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“Then We will bring a people who have come out in the color of tawḥīd and who are adorned with the attribute of love and clothed in God’s color, which is colorlessness. Whoever is pure of the color of the color-mixers is colored by God’s color.”

2:138 God’s color—and who is more beautiful in color than God?

So, when someone reaches God’s color and falls back on Him, He colors him in His own color. In the same way, the elixir makes copper and iron the same color as itself and they become precious. If the estranged fall back on Him, they become His familiars, and if the disobedient fallback, they become obedient.

One of them is narrated from Ibrāhīm Khawāṣṣ. He said, “Once I went into the desert and saw a Christian, who had his sash around his waist. He asked if he could accompany me, so we walked for seven days. He said, ‘O monk of the unswerving folk! Bring forth what you have of expansiveness, for we are hungry.’

“I said, ‘O God, do not disgrace me before this unbeliever.’ Then I saw a tray, upon which were bread, roast meat, dates, and a pitcher of water. We ate and drank, and we walked for seven days. Then I became hasty and I said, ‘O monk of the Christians, bring what you have, for my turn is finished.’ He leaned on his staff and supplicated, and lo there were two trays with double what there had been on my tray.

“I was bewildered and upset, and I refused to eat. He insisted, but I did not respond to him. He said, ‘Eat, for I have two pieces of good news to give to you. One is that I bear witness that there is no god but God, and I bear witness that Muḥammad is God’s messenger,’ and he took off the sash. ‘The other is that I say, “O God, if there is any danger here, then I will begin with this.”’ So he began. “We ate and we walked, and then we made the hajj and took up residence in Mecca for a year. Then he died, and was buried in al-Baṭḥāʾ—God has mercy on him.”


The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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