Ana l-Haqq: ‘I am God Itself!’ [‘I am the Real’, in other translated interpretations].
These famous words deeply entrenched in the psyche of every pious Sufi Muslim, were uttered in Baghdad by Mansur al-Halláj [922 CE] a Persian Mystic who was was arrested and executed forthwith. [Impaled they say, meriting the full wrath of God.]
Al-Halláj himself they say, pointed to Jesus for his inspiration. One crucified a millennia earlier for saying something very similar.
‘Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life‘ [John 14:6]
‘No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known‘ [John 1:18].
Jalaluddin Rumi [Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī;Byzantine Roma; 1207-1273 CE] wrote of the event:
‘When the (Halláj) said ‘I am God’ and carried it through, he throttled all the blind (sceptics). When a man’s ‘I’ is negated (and eliminated) from existence, then what remains? Consider, O Denier!
Men and Women imagine that Ana l-Haqq: ‘I am God Itself!’ is a presumptuous claim, whereas the really presumptuous claim is to say Ana l-abd: ‘I am the slave of God’, for [the latter] affirms two existences, his own and that of God.
But he who says ‘I am God Itself!’, has exited, has given himself up and holds: ‘I am naught, He is the All; there is no Being but God.”
Shūnyam would differ. ‘I am naught, He is the All; there is no Being but God’ is still too presumptuous, still saying too much, still at the tail-end of the Two-ness Template. And a Model can only birth a modeled ‘God’.