A Haiku

Supreme creator
Evergreen, leaves shelter souls
Loving unison

Humanity has increasingly sought Truth through prose and science at the expense of poetry and art. This begs the question what happens if one considers the postulate that there are truths beyond the measurable and outside our self-constructed analytical boxes? If, as Kristina Nelson describes in ‘The Sound of the Divine in Daily Life’, the meaning of the Qur’an transcends words then one needs to move beyond those very words to gain a greater appreciation of God. Recitation speaks to this shift away from a purely intellectual reading of the Qur’an but there is also a great heritage of Islamic poets who have used poetry to bring their audiences closer to God.

This is what inspired me to write a Haiku about Allah. Haikus are a traditional Japanese poem composed of kiru, morae and kigo. Just like a Japanese Haiku is untranslatable into English, much is lost when translating the Qur’an. The similarities extend further: Both the Haiku and Qur’an are enjoyed by many who do not speak Japanese or Arabic respectively as the Haiku has gained international popularity and Islam is present in all corners of the globe. The art form of the Haiku attempts to reveal a deeper meaning without recourse to grammar or discourse or a typical format of a western or Arab poem.

Allah means the One God and the Haiku praises Allah as the creator of all. The following verses from The Melvlidi Sherif describes how God predicates the existence of the universe

While yet the worlds were not, Allah had being,
Mighty was he, richer than all creation.
He was, while yet was found nor man nor angel,
No earth, moon, sun, nine spheres nor highest heaven
He was the art by which these were all founded,
Him they confess, his Unity they witness

Muslims believe that following the Islamic spiritual path brings us closer to God and shelters us from the harms that could come our way. Ultimately, however, the goal is to achieve perfect union with God (the mystic would contend that one is able to achieve union on earth). Al-Hallaj’s famous verse describes this union succinctly.

I am He who I love
And He who I love is I
We are two spirits dwelling in one body

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    March 11, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

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