Works on Sufism by orientalists can be recommended against without apology or reservation. For any analysis that subtracts the reality of God from the spiritual phenomena it seeks to explain will be little better than its premises, here meaning absolutely worthless. Absolutely worthless.
The entire universe was created for the sake of this secret within you, but this secret within you was created for Allah, and no one else besides…the proper way [to loftiness] is by submitting to Allah alone.
The term we’re interested in is “ma’rifa” – the knowledge of Allah directly and experientially…It is perpetually beholding the Divine with a heart that is out of its mind with love for Allah Most High…Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you.