Peace, one and all…
A story told of Ibrahim ibn Adham, a famous early Sufi. In it, he reports a dream of his.
‘One night I dreamt that I saw the angel Gabriel (alaihi al-salam). He came to earth from heaven with a piece of paper in his hand. I asked him, ‘What do you want?’ ‘I am writing down the names of he friends of the Real,’ he said. ‘Will you write my name down too?’ I asked. ‘You are not one of them’. ‘But I love the friends of the Real’. Gabriel thought for a moment. Then he said, ‘I have been commanded, “Record Ibrahim’s name first”‘. On this path, hope emerges from despair.’
Taken from the Tadhkirat al-Awliya (Memorials of the Saints) by Farid al-Din Attar.
‘Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful”‘ (39:53)