“I was a hidden treasure and wanted to be known.” This is the beginning of the probably most famous hadith qudsi, or extra-Qur’anic Word of God, ḥadiṯs-e kanz-e maḵf. Its more correct translation might be as follows:
“I was a Treasure unknown then I desired to be known so I created a creation to which I made Myself known; then they knew Me.”
Tradition says that it is the divine response to the Prophet David’s query when he asked about the purpose of creation. These are not the words of the Prophet Muhammad and no chain of transmission is known for this, whether sound or weak, as Ibn Taymiyya and others state. But anyway, the meaning is true and is inferred from Q51:56:
“I created the Jinns and humankind only that they may worship Me”,
meaning “that they may know Me” as Muhammad’s cousin Ibn Abbas explained it.
This hadith qudsi sounds very familiar to Christians, as well. Although no image would be allowed here, a deep feeling of limitless amicability is certainly conveyed to those who want to contemplate these words.
Since Adam and Eve were created in His image, all human beings are hidden treasures, too. And all have this deep desire to be known. So, all of us create our own little worlds, each according to his or her capabilities, talents, gifts. Of course, a limited and ephemeral world, not comparable with the Almighty’s creation.