The great Shadhili Shaykh, a real beacon of light, Shaykh Ahmed al-Alawi (Qaddasa Allahu Ruhahu), wrote,
If a summoner call unto guidance, alluding
To his attainment of the Truth, and the Supreme Station,
Of remissness beware, and examine well his words.
Question him of Union; see if he reflect It.
If he say It be far, 'tis because he is far,
But if he say It be near, count him most worthy.
He will make plain to thee the path unto the Truth
Whereby thou mayest seek the face of God.
He will take thee at once, even at thy first meeting,
And set thy foot on its way unto the Lord.
Keep in thy mind's eye the Name's letters
Through his grace thou wilt come to see them shine
Clear on the horizons, though they shine but in thy Heart,
And when the Name is thine, all forgetfulness will vanish.
Magnify then the Letters to as large as thou canst;
Trace them on all things, both high and low.
Through keeping the Name in thine eye, thou wilt rise
By Its Light to where the worlds vanish into nothingness.
But at the Shaikh's order, not at thine, do they vanish.
He is the Finger with which God pointeth.
Trust him then to take thee out of the cramp of prisons
To Freedom, to the First, who all beginnings doth precede,
And thou seest the whole world nothing in His Essence,
Less than nothing in the Infinity of the Lord.
When the Infinite doth appear thereat thou vanishest,
For 'thou' hast never been, from first until last.
Thou seest not who thou art, for thou art, yet art not 'thou'.
Thou endurest, yet not as thyself; no strength is there but God's.
After thine extinction to Eternity thou wilt rise,
Endlessly in Eternity of Eternity art affirmed,
Crown of all Altitude; for is it not Face