Calling on God as a Friend - Omid Safi

February 23, 2017

The mystics of Islam have a lovely way of referring to God not only as Lord, but also as a Beloved, even as a Friend.

These seekers state that in public they refer to God as Lord, but in their intimate whispers they call on God as “the Friend” (doost).

What does it mean to befriend God?

What does it mean to look at God not merely as a Lord (with us humans as subjects) but instead look at our relationship with God through a lens of love, one of friendship?

How would it change our prayer if we approached God as a loving friend?  (Read more here)