He would never order you to take the angels and the prophets as lords. Would He order you to disbelieve, after you have submitted?
That is, “do not attribute to them so much as an atom in the establishment of good and evil (ithbāt al-khayr wa-l-sharr).”
It is said that He is informing you of the boundary of human nature (ḥadd al-bashariyya) and the truth of lordship (ḥaqq al-rubūbiyya).
It is said that He orders you to respect (tawqīr) them with regard to the command and the law (sharīʿa) but to disdain (taḥqīr) the worth of cre- ated things in comparison to lordship (rubūbiyya). Would He order you to disbelieve, after you have submitted? “Would He order you to affirm (ithbāt) created things after bearing witness (shuhūd) to the Real?”
It is said: “Would He order you to look to outward appearances (ashkāl) and to attribute events to simulacra (amthāl) after the lights of unity (tawḥīd) have appeared in your innermost selves and after the suns of singular devotion (tafrīd) have arisen in your hearts?”