The Book of the Servants of God
“ ʿAbd Allah b. ʿAbd Allah b. Muhammad b. ʿAbd Allah said:
The first of the Presence of Divinity to manifest is the Name.
The first of the letters to manifest is the bâ’.
The first existent thing to manifest is substance.
The first thing to colour Him is Light.
The first non-essential characteristic to manifest is movement.
The first property to be witnessed after Being is Majesty.
The first articulation to manifest is 'I'.
The first quality to be received is Life.
The first state to come upon one is dissolution.
The first knowledge one receives is one's knowledge of God, so that one sees oneself in this knowledge.”