Shaykh Umar bin Uthman Makki in his book Kitab-ul-Muhabbat (Book of Love), “God created the hearts seven thousand years before creating the bodies, and kept them in a state of nearness. He created the souls seven thousand years before creating the hearts, and kept them in the station of intimacy-(uns). He created the secrets-(sirr) seven thousand years before creating the souls, and kept them in the station of unity-(wasl).Then He revealed the lustre of His Beauty to the secrets-(sirr) three hundred and sixty times everyday and looked towards it graciously for three hundred and sixty times everyday. and He caused the spirit to hear the true word of love and manifested three hundred and sixty times everyday favours of intimacy to the soul.
But when they surveyed the entire universe and saw nothing more precious than themselves, vanity and arrogance overtook them. God, therefore, subjected them to tests and trials by imprisoning the heart in the spirit, the spirit in the soul, and the soul in the body.
He then bestowed reason upon them and sent prophets to guide them. Thereafter, everyone was told to seek the Beloved. Consequently, the body was engaged in prayer, the soul in love, the spirit in nearness, and the heart found happiness in union with Him.”