A slow ant follows a winding thread
in and out of four gates joined by thread.

Shariat
A witness recites a testament of faith
over a strand of wooden beads on a thread.

Tariqat
Those who remember with a humble heart
shine like dawn light on a silken thread.

Haqiqat
Seekers of truth follow invisible paths
drawn to the center by the slenderest thread.

Marifat
The uplifted heart dances over deep abysses
on bridges as delicate as a spider’s thread.

Four blind travelers approach four open gates
each guided by the pull of a heart-strung thread.

Every road is a path, every path is a gate
and the rope of Allah is your guiding thread.
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