All night, a man called out “God! God!”
Until his lips were bleeding.
Then the Adversary of mankind said,
And never once heard God say, “Here, I AM”?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what?
I’ll tell you what. Nothing!
The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.
Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
And fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met an angel, who asked,
“Why are you regretting calling out to God?”
The man said,
But God never replied, “Here I AM.”
The Angel explained,
Your longing for Me is My message to you.
All your attempts to reach Me
Are in reality My attempts to reach you.
Your fear and love are a noose to catch Me.
In the silence surrounding every call of “God”
Waits a thousand replies of “Here I AM.”
The original text has “Allah” instead of “God”. And “Abraham” instead of “Angel”. These words were changed by the translator(s).
Written by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi