The Sufi affirms that he perceives the reality beyond outward form, in contrast to those who merely fix upon form. Form is useful, but it is secondary. As the great Sufi exponent Ibn al Arabi puts it, in his Interpreter of Desires:My heart has become able to take on any formA grazing ground for gazelles, a [Christian] monastery of monks An idol-house [of the pagans], the [Islamic] pilgrim’s Mecca mosqueThe tablets of the [Jewish] Torah and the Qur’an’s pages I follow the faith of Love: wherever its riding-mounts face, that is my religion and my faith.This passage illustrates, quite dramatically, that the mystic has a religion and a faith totally different from that professed by those wedded to externals, externals which, to the ignorant, are the religion.
Sufi Thought and Action
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