Logic can point towards the metaphysical and the divine but it cannot convince necessarily or grasp the ineffable. Poetry can unveil the deus absconditus, the very hiddenness of the divine and find how that reality is manifest, in the person of her friends, most notably the Imams. They are the deus revelatus understand the different modes in which human language works - reason and logic with the philosopher and theologian, poetry with the lover and the devotee. Here by literalism I do not mean the lexical meaning; as it is, meaning is very much a function of contexts, of illocutionary speech acts as well as what is uttered. I am using literalism as opposed to the ways in which languages figures and configures meanings. Sometimes uses of ambiguity can be far more eloquent.
So here are presented four exhibits countering literalism which are so pertinent and timely for contemporary Muslim thought.
The first is this classic qawwali by the late, lamented Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:
The second is this wonderful poem by the equally lamented, Syed Ali Mohammad Rizvi, known as Sachey, may God embrace him in her mercy and unite him with his ancestors:
The third is the beautiful laṭmīya by Bāsim Karbalāʾī:
And lastly, and here I could have picked many examples, but I will go with the story of Joseph in the Qurʾan:
PS: I'd like to add this. Many a Qajar era philosopher attributed to the poem to Rūmī. Here in the inimitable voice of Abida Parveen: