AHL AL-‘ASHQ - اهل العشق
Literally: Ahl is a man's family. A household. A kindred. Friends. People. A nation. A man's family and descendants. A wife. The people of a place, condition, profession, religion or quality. A person or thing closely related to some particular thing mentioned.
Literally: ‘Ashq is a being or becoming passionately enamoured. Love. Passion. Ecstatic love to Allah. Ilahî love. Ecstatic love towards Allah.
Ahl Al-‘Ashq: The people of ‘ashq. The people who are tied toward Allah with an elevated, deep love. The people who have ecstatic love towards Allah (‘Azza wa jalla).
“Fifth Mystery: A noble hadith came like this: اِنَّ اللهَ خَلَقَ اْلاِنْسَانَ عَلٰى صُورَةِ الرَّحْمٰنِ1 Some people of tarîqah have interpreted (tafsir) this noble hadith in an extraordinary way inappropriate to the aqâid of îmân. Some ahl al-‘ashq amongst them even considered man's ma’nawî face to be in the form of Ar-Rahmân. Since the people of tarîqah are mostly in sakr2 and ahl al-‘ashq are mostly in istighraq3 and confused, they are perhaps excusable in their understanding which is contrary to the haqiqah. But those in their senses, by reason, cannot accept their meanings which are contrary to the fundamentals of aqâid. If they do, they are in error.
Indeed, the Most Pure and Holy Essence of Allah (Zhât Al-Aqdas), Who administers with order the whole universe like a palace or house and spins the stars and causes them to travel like particles with hikmah and ease and employs minute particles as orderly officials, has no sharik, match, opposite or equal. So also according to the mystery of the âyâh: لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَىْءٌ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ4 He has no form, like or peer, nothing is resembling or similar to Him. However, through the mystery of the âyâh, وَلَهُ الْمَثَلُ اْلاَعْلٰى فِى السَّمٰوَاتِ وَاْلاَرْضِ وَهُوَ اْلعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ5 His shuûnah, attributes and Names are considered through parable and comparison. That is to say, there are parables and comparisons in regard to shuûnah.
One of the aims of the above-mentioned Noble Hadith is this: "Man is in a form that completely displays the Name of Rahmân." Yes, as we explained before, just as the Name of Rahmân, that manifests from the rays of a thousand and one Names, is seen on the face of the universe, and the Name of Rahmân, which manifests through the infinite manifestations of Allah's absolute rubûbiyyah, is displayed on the face of the earth, so also man's comprehensive form, in a small measure, like the face of the earth and the face of the universe, displays the complete manifestation of the Name of Ar-Rahmân.
Also, it is an indication that the places of manifestation, which are the proofs and mirrors of One Who is Ar-Rahmân and Ar-Rahîm, like living creatures and man’s indication to One Who is Al-Wâjib Al-Wujûd is so certain, clear and obvious, that just as it is said to a shining mirror which holds the image and reflection of the sun: "That mirror is the sun," to indicate the clarity of its brilliance and indication, so also it has been said and is said: "the form of Ar-Rahmân is in man" pointing the clarity of his indication and perfect connection. As a consequence of this mystery, the more equable amongst ahl al-wahdah al-wujûd said: لاَ مَوْجُودَ اِلاَّ هُوَ6 as a way of expressing the clarity of this indication and perfection of this connection.
اَللّٰهُمَّ يَا رَحْمنُ يَا رَحِيمُ بِحَقِّ بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ اِرْحَمْنَا كَمَا يَلِيقُ بِرَحِيمِيَّتِكَ وَ فَهِّمْنَا اَسْرَارَ بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ كَمَا يَلِيقُ بِرَحْمَانِيَّتِكَ آمِينَ
The Fourteenth Flash Second Station
1 (Allah created man in the form of Ar-Rahmân)
3 (A being totally plunged and immersed (in a thing, figuratively), being wholly taken up (with it); especially, awliyâ’s being totally immersed in ecstatic contemplation and beatitude. Forgetting the world through losing one’s self by the ‘ashq of Allah)
4 (There is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He hears and sees [all things])
5 (And His is the highest similitude in the samâwât and the earth, and He is ‘Azîz, Hakîm)
6 (There is no existent but He)