The Light Verse has often been closely associated with Suf i thought, primarily because of al-Ghazali’s well-known and influential commentary on it. Goldziher somewhat questionably stated that the verse is one of the few in the Qur1an amenable to mystical thought.1 It has been selected for discussion here because of the questions it raises concerning literal and metaphorical language, and how one can speak of God and His attributes.