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Women and Faith: Rhythms in Reflection and Fiction The potentiality of love dwells within the heart of every human being. Love is essentially the penetrating electro-magnetic power that attunes the individual to the light of the Divine.

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ArifeHammerle, PhD On Devotion

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Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 3

Divine love is a way of being present within the heart. Pure love is beyond duty or question. It is without calculation. There is absolute connection between the heart of the receiver and the transmitter of love; as between the Sufi student and the Teacher. The potentiality of love dwells within the heart of every human being. Love is essentially the penetrating electro-magnetic power that attunes the individual to the light of the Divine. As the individual increases his or her concentration in love, so also his or her connection to witness (ma’arefat) the power of love expands. Love joins all particles of the existence together and connects all human beings to one another. This all-consuming love empties the lover of all attachments to multiplicity or duality and so guides the individual to unity. It is indeed a great mercy and grace (baraqat) to receive the guidance and inspiration of love. Witnessing the grace is a miracle (keramat). The Sufi enraptured by the Beloved ascends to belief and faith founded on inner witnessing of Divine essence within the light of the heart.

The Sufi is the person of knowledge who strives to be united with the Divine in every breath and in every moment. All action is based on clear intention to maintain an inner point of balance and to witness Divine knowledge. Sincerely connecting heart to heart with a Sufi Teacher guides the striving student to receive experiences of abundance, grace and blessings. The human being has the capacity to receive the wisdom of the teachings of love and compassion when he or she attunes and becomes aware of this inspiration. Ascending to belief is an ever-present, unfolding process of experiencing the Divine light and waiting with patience to witness truth at the presence of the heart. When unity calls to you, become still, listen, as you yield to the inner peace and loneliness that is the freedom from the veils of ego and desires (nafs) that constrain and separate human beings so that we may witness and receive God’s grace and mercy with bountiful love.

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