Love is a natural and essential aspect of our being. But when it is transformed into “true love” – love of the Creator – it acquires its true nature and colour, and later becomes “pure” pleasure at the threshold of union.
In the way of love, even a slight, imagined inclination of the lover to someone or something other than the beloved means the end of love. Such an inclination is forbidden. Love continue as long as the lover sees the beloved in everything around him or her, and regards every beauty and perfection as the manifestation of the beloved. If this is not the case, love dies.
- M. Fethullah Gülen
Pearls of Wisdom