“When his Lord said to him, ‘Surrender,’ he said, ‘I am now in submission to the Lord of all that exists.” (Qur’an 2:131)
The Sufis and the ‘Ana’ (I)
The problem is not with the self, the problem is what one does with the self. Allah (swt) is not everything. If Allah (swt) was everything we would be automatons. Without the I there would be no struggle and without the struggle, there would be no surrender, no submission.
Say, “O people, I am only to you a clear warner.” (Qur’an 22:49)
It is not the I AM it is what the I is in relation to. It is what proceeds and follows the I.
“He said: What hindered you so that you did not prostrate when I commanded you? He said: I am better than he: You hast created me of fire, while him You did create of dust.” (Qur’an 7:12)
I am dust but nonetheless, I am