|Ruzbihan al-Baqli's (d.
606/1209) Commentary on "Guide us on the straight path" (Qur'an 1:6) from
his Qur'an commentary (tafsir), 'Ara'is al-bayan, edited
in the original Arabic and translated by A. Godlas.
God's words--may He be exalted: Guide us on the straight path, namely, Guide us to what You desire of us; because the straight path is what God (al-Haqq) wants from creation, namely the qualities of truthfulness and sincerity in servanthood and service. Also, Direct us to the state in which You are. In addition, Direct us to gnosis of You, so that we can rest from  our observances , by the fresh breeze of Your intimacy and the truths of Your beauty. Also, Guide us to Your I-ness, so that we may become attributed with Your attributes.
It was said that the meaning of Guide us
is: "Make our hearts incline to You; establish our aspirations before You;
and Be our guide from You, to You, in order that we not become cut off
from what is Yours, by You." It was said,
"Guide us on the straight path means: Direct us on the way
of gnosis, in order that we be steadfast with You in Your service." ....
It was said, "Guide us , namely: Show us the way of gratitude (al-shukr)
[Sulami: intimacy with You (unsika)], so that we can rejoice and exult
in nearness to You" .... It was said, "Guide us by the
annihilation of our attributes, on the way to Your attributes, which have
neither ceased, nor will they ever cease" .... It was said, "Guide us
with manifest guidance, after elucidation, in order that we may become
steadfast for You, in love of Your will." .... It was said, "Guide
us with the guidance of the one whose origin is from You so that
his end may be with You" .... And it was said, "Guide us on the
straight path by [Divine] absence from the path, so that one might
not be tied to the path" .... Junayd (d. 298/910) said, "When the Sufis
sought guidance regarding the bewilderment that comes overs them
from within while they are witnessing the attributes of pre-eternality,
they sought guidance toward the qualities of servanthood in order not to
become drowned in the vision of the attributes of pre-eternality."
[from Sulami (d. 412/1021), Haqa'iq al-tafsir, ms. Baladiya, f.
And 'Ali ibn Abi Talib said, "Guide us, namely, establish us on the straight way and the sound, well-trodden road ."
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