"O thou soul which are at peace, return unto thy Lord,
with gladness that is thine in Him and His in thee.
Enter thou among My slaves.
Enter thou My Paradise."
- The Quran - LXXXIX; 27-30
translated by Martin Lings
Deeply moved by this he cried:
"O Lord, my heart is stirred within me by this Thy Court displayed in all its splendour and sublimity, yet none are found here to give Thee the adoring worship which is thy due. Why should this be, O Lord?
Then the hidden voice of God spoke to him:
"O thou who art bewildered in the Way, know that the King does not grant admission to every passer-by. So exalted is the Majesty of His Court that not every beggar can be admitted thereto. When the Splendour of My Glory sheds abroad its radiance from this My sanctuary, the heedless and those who are wrapped in the sleep of indolence are repelled thereby. Those who are worthy of admittance to this Court wait for long years, until one in a thousand of them wins entrance thereto."
- Selection from the article "The Interior Life in Islam" by prominent philosopher and scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr