[Finding God]

“To find God is to fall into bewilderment (hayra), not the bewilderment of being lost and unable to find one’s way, but the bewilderment of finding and knowing God and of not-finding and not-knowing Him at the same time. Every existent thing other than God dwells in a never-never land of affirmation and negation, finding and losing, knowing and not-knowing. The difference between the Finders and the rest of us is that they are fully aware of their own ambiguous situation. They know the significance of the saying of the first caliph Abu Bakr: ‘Incapacity to attain comprehension is itself comprehension.’ They know that the answer to every significant question concerning God and the world is ‘Yes and no,’ or, as the Shaykh expresses it, ‘He/not He’ (huwa la huwa).”

Source: William Chittick, The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination, p. 3-4

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