The Language of the Ants
By Sheikh Maqtūl (Murdered) Suhrawardi
The entire stars and planets came to speak to Idris , peace be upon
him. He asked the Moon: Why is that sometimes you have much light and
some other times so little? The Moon replied: Know that my body is
black and my polished being is lightless.
However when I am placed facing the sun, due to how much I may face it,
some simile of the sun takes shape upon the mirror of my body just like
any other Surat (Form,
Shape)  that may appear in front of a mirror. And once I reach
the maximum exposure, from the lowliness of the crescent I glide to the
loftiness of a full-moon. Idris asked the Moon: What is the
absolute maximum in this friendship? The Moon replied: The final limit
of this friendship is the moment when I glance upon my Self,
indeed I see the Sun, since some simile of its light has
emerged within me, and that happens as long as my surface is polished
i.e. I have the Qābiliyat (Aptitude)  to reflect its light.
Thus every glance upon my own Dhat (Essence), all I see is the Sun.
Don't you see, if a mirror is placed in front of the Sun the Surat (Form, Shape) of
the Sun appears within it, and if hypothetically the mirror had an eye
and was placed in front of the Sun then glancing upon itself would only
behold the Sun, although it is made from the metals and things. In that
moment the mirror would have said: "I am the Sun", since the mirror saw
nothing within itself 'Other Than'  the Sun. And if he (Hallaj) said
'I am the Haqq' or (Bastami) said 'Subhani (Glory) to me how great my
nature', an excuse should be granted to him since: (Closeness) until
such an extent that I mistook, due to your nearing approach, 'you being
Stars and planets
Facing the Sun
The limit of the friendship
Mirror that has an eye
Metals and the things
Granting the excuse
 According to Farabi this prophet was called Idris, name extracted
from darasa as in study, since he loved to study the Divine Words every
moment of his life.
 Surat (Form,
Shape) is from the Prophetic Language of the Hadith. Falsely
assumed to be the invention of Ibn Arabi.
 Qābiliyat (Aptitude) is from the terminologies of the Ibn Arabi
found in the Fusus.
 'Other Than': Al-Haqq means all that which is Allah, the reality
and the truth and anything else i.e. 'Other Than' Allah is Batil
(Falsehood). So the statement 'I am Al-Haqq' does not mean I am Allah,
he did not say that at all i.e. Anal-lāh, instead he meant I do not
find any falsehood within me i.e. Other Than Haqq. So all is within me
is Al-Haqq including from this I-ness of mine came from.
2006-2002, Dara O. Shayda, Ismail Radpur