No existence alongside Allah veils you from Him, for there is nothing besides Him, But what veils you from Him is your illusion that others exist alongside Him.
From ‘The Hikam’ of Ibn ’Ata’ Allah.
Commentary by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri:
It is human perception and illusion which assign value to experiences and events. Our worldly interactions, expectations and attachments distract us from the original source of existence and from His Ever-Presence and Call. It is like imagining that the shadows of trees in the river will obstruct the movement of the boat. All existence in truth are the shadow of His Light.
By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Hikam – The Wisdom of Ibn ’Ata’ Allah”