ness takes the place of this enduring truth. For the people of misguidance, the world is full to overflowing with deaths, separations, and non-existence; for them, the universe is a sort of Hell. Everything has only a flash of existence and is surrounded by never-ending non-being. The past and the future are filled with the darkness of non-existence; they may find a sad light of existence only in the fleeting present. However, through the mystery of the Qur’an and the light of belief, a light of existence becomes apparent which shines from pre-eternity to post-eternity; believers are connected with that, and through it secure eternal happiness.
I n S h o r t : In the manner of the poet Niyazi Misrî, we say:
Till this breath becomes the ocean,
Till this cage is smashed to fragments,
Till this voice is silenced,
I shall call: O Truth! O Existent! O Living One! Most Worthy of Worship!
O Most Wise! One Sought! Most Compassionate! All-Loving!
And I call out:
There is no god but God, the Sovereign, the Truth, the Evident; Muhammad is the Messenger of God, faithful in His promise, Amen.
And believing, I declare:
Resurrection after death is true; Paradise is true; Hell-fire is true; eternal happiness is true; God is Compassionate, Wise, and Loving; and Mercy, Wisdom, and Love encompass all things and all their attributes.
And they shall say: “Praise be to God, who has guided us to this [felicity]; never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of God; indeed, it was the truth that the prophets of our Sustainer brought to us!”(7:43)
Glory be to the One who has made the garden of the earth the exhibition of His art, the gathering of His creatures, the place of manifestation of His power, the means of His wisdom, the garden of His mercy, the tillage of His Paradise, the place of passage of creatures, through which beings flow, the measure of artefacts; adorned by animals, embroidered with birds, made fruitful by trees, made to bloom with flowers; miracles of His knowledge, wonders of His art, gifts of His munificence, proofs of His favour, evidences of His unity, subtleties of His wisdom, witnesses to His mercy; the smiling of the blossoms with the adornment of fruits, the singing of the birds in the