by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Laylā and Majnūn is the best-known love story of the Middle East, and for the Sufi is an allegory of mystical love. Sufis are lovers of God, wayfarers travelling through the desert of the world, making the journey from separation back to union with God. For these mystics the relationship with God is that of lover and Beloved, and it is the longing for their Beloved that turns them away from the world, drawing them deeper and deeper into the mystery of the heart. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD, is an author and a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order.
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