Mansur al-Hallaj: Sayings
ana'l -Haqq - I am the Truth.
(this is the saying which apparently earned al-Hallaj his martyrdom - al Haqq also means
You know and are not known; You see and are not seen.
(Akhbar al-Hallaj 44, 1.4)
Your Spirit mixed with my Spirit little by little, by turns, through reunions and
And now I am Yourself, Your existence is my own, and it is also my will.
I find it strange that the divine whole can be borne by my little human part,
Yet due to my little part's burden, the earth cannot sustain me.
(Akhbar al-Hallaj, 11)
I have seen my Lord with the eye of my heart, and I said: "Who are You?" He
(Diwan al-Hallaj, M. 10)
I do not cease swimming in the seas of love, rising with the wave, then descending; now
the wave sustains me, and then I sink beneath it; love bears me away where there is no
longer any shore.
(Diwan al-Hallaj, M. 34)
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