Hadith Qudsi: A communication from the Divine conveyed through the Prophet Muhammad beyond the frame of the Qur’an.
 Within the universe of the Qur’an it is understood that “Allah” (God) refers to the Infinite Divine Reality, beyond any gender or description. The Qur’anic translations (italicized passages) included here are from The Light of Dawn, Daily Readings from the Holy Qur’an, selected and rendered by Camille Adams Helminski.
 A prayer of the Prophet Muhammad, Remembrance and Prayer, collection by Muåammad al-Ghazali, p. 97.
 A saying (hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad, Prophetic Traditions of Isläm, by Haeri, p. 145 (al-Khisäl, I, 31).
 Ibid., p. 101 (Mishkät Hadith collection, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, 53 & 57).
 Jalaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi II, 451.
 Excerpt from The Ninety-Nine Names, Reflections of Beauty and Power, poetic reflections within the Islamic Tradition by Camille Adams Helminski, forthcoming 2017 from Sweet Lady Press. “The Ninety-Nine Names,” or “The Most Beautiful Names,” (Al Asma al-Husna), all the “attributes of perfection,” mentioned in the Qur’an, point to the qualities of the Divine that manifest throughout this creation in all their interplay and assist us in coming to know that Truth of Compassion and Mercy. The root word in Arabic for both Compassion (Rahman) and Mercy (Rahim) is the trilateral root word for “womb,” and all but one of the Surahs or “chapters” of the Qur’an begin with the phrase, In the Name of God, the Infinitely Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful (Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim), encouraging us to recognize how we and all the stories of our lives and that of creation are held within the womb of God’s nurturing Love. Moment by moment the qualities of the Divine sparkle within and all around us to remind us of all the capacities for Wisdom with which we have been instilled.
 All the while, God encompasses them, without their even being aware of it. [Al-Qur’an, Surah al-Buruj, the Constellations, 85:20]
 It was in the desert while watching the lights of the sky that a greater Light dawned within the heart of Abraham. See Qur’an, 6: 72-80.
 Ya Nur, O You Who Are Light! Ya Nur ala Nur, Light Upon Light! Subhanallah, Ya Rabbil al-Ameen, Glory be to God, Sustainer of All Worlds! Ya Wasi, Ya Wadud, O All-Encompassing One, O Infinitely Loving One!
 Qur’an, Surah al-Imran 3:73.