The Tawasin of Mansur Al-Hallaj

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Here a medieval Muslim mystic records his living meditation on becoming one with God, where he likens himself to a moth leaping into flame:

In that bright instant, wings aflame,
Reduced to fragments of his name,

The moth-ash shows his body’s form
Where no mark will distinguish him.

Rumi wrote three centuries later on Al-Hallaj’s words, ‘I am God,’: “People imagine that it is a presumptive claim, whereas I find it is really a presumptive claim to say ‘I am the slave of God’; for, ‘I am God’ is an expression of great humility. The man who says ‘I am the slave of God’ affirms two existences, his own and God’s; but he that says, ‘I am God,’ has made himself non-existent and has given himself up, and says ‘I am God,’ that is, ‘I am naught, He is all; there is no being but God’s.’ This is the extreme of humility and self-abasement.”

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Author: Jabez L. Van Cleef
Publisher: Spirit Song Text Publications
Year: 2008
Pages: 140
Printed: New Jersey, USA
ISBN: 1438224931
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: New
Weight: 176gr.
Description from the publisher: Here a medieval Muslim mystic records his living meditation on becoming one with God, where he likens himself to a moth leaping into flame:

In that bright instant, wings aflame, Reduced to fragments of his name,

The moth-ash shows his body’s form Where no mark will distinguish him.

Rumi wrote three centuries later on Al-Hallaj’s words, ‘I am God,’: “People imagine that it is a presumptive claim, whereas I find it is really a presumptive claim to say ‘I am the slave of God’; for, ‘I am God’ is an expression of great humility. The man who says ‘I am the slave of God’ affirms two existences, his own and God’s; but he that says, ‘I am God,’ has made himself non-existent and has given himself up, and says ‘I am God,’ that is, ‘I am naught, He is all; there is no being but God’s.’ This is the extreme of humility and self-abasement.”

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