A certain man was crying ‘Allah’ all night, til his lips grew sweet from praise of God.
The devil said:
“Oh, garrulous man,
where is the reply – ‘Here Am I’
to all this – ‘Allah’ of thine?
Not a single response is coming from the throne.
How long will you cry ‘Allah’ with grim face?”
He became broken hearted and lay down to sleep.
In a dream he saw Elijah amidst the verdia who said:
“Hark, you have held back from praising God.
Why do you repent of having called unto Him?”
“No ‘Here Am I’ is coming in response,
hence I fear I’m turned away from the door!”
“Nay, God saeth that ‘Allah’ of thine is my ‘Here Am I’
And that grief and ardour and supplication of thine are my messenger to thee.
Thy fear in love are the noose to catch my favour.
Beneath every ‘Allah’ of thine there is many a ‘Here Am I’ from me.”
In reality, the Lord never leaves the soul, because He is the dearest friend and companion of each and every one. But the soul loses sight of the Lord and imagines itself alone. When the soul again recognises the presence of the Lord, His glory once more becomes visible, brighter than ever before.