Then the three of them looked at the realm of being and saw no one more honored than themselves, so vanity and exultation appeared in them. Because of this, the Real tested them. He jailed the secret core in the spirit, He imprisoned the spirit in the heart, and He restrained the heart in this body. Then He compounded them with intellect, He sent the prophets, and He gave commandments. They all started seeking their own stations. The Real commanded them to pray.
When the body began to pray, the heart joined with love, the spirit reached proximity, and the secret core settled down in union.
~ ʿAlī ibn ʿUthmān Hujwīrī, Kashf al-maḥjub, 453
Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God
by William C. Chittick, Yale University Press
© 2013 by William C. Chittick