Natural Mystic


Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural
Natural, Natural, ay By God, Natural


A poor man like me, with a begging bag around my neck
My heart is free of any care
And I like people who are light-hearted
Such is the natural, he is liked by every natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


First thing in the morning, when I go out to work
I open my mouth and stretch out my hand
And for me, if I saw my granddad, who is not natural
For me, leaving him be, is only natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


I cover my body with needle and thread
of rough wool, which, for me, is a lot
“Who is that guy?” the people ask, bewildered
Still I’m just natural, loved by every Natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


My head is shaved and I walk around dazed
I beg in the market or at the mansions
Barefoot, walking the earth, saying: “Give for God’s sake,
some natural bread, to a natural man.”
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


I might sit down and not want to talk
I might lie on the earth as my bed
I graze on the earth’s grass, living well
The Natural one is loved by every Natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


I have a begging bag and a sea-shell
And a pot hung on the end of a stick
And my head is polished like a guitar
I walk naturally, naturally used to poverty
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


And when I stop at a town or market, I see the people come up to me
like brothers, their speech is well-intended
You see the Natural welcoming the Natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


I don’t fake anything, and I have no rule
I don’t crave food or clothes
and this position, is what every hypocrite needs
A natural poor man, loved by every natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


I know no jugde nor ruler
that’s more noble and natural for me
that’s how the high levels are described
A natural heart, in this state it is natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


Apart from these deeds, things are incomplete
Whoever humbles himself before a vizier or Sultan
Is arrogant and confused
His garment is natural, and by God, he is natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


Tearing the two sleeves, by this I mean, resurrection
Casting the two worlds from my heart
And I take off my two shoes to arrive at the Presence
Abandoning the unnatural is, for me, natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


I have a sitting mat that is pure like my heart
and a presence of intimacy with which I polish my cup
and a bunch of bags, a faqīr murabbī*
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural
Natural, Natural, ay, by God, Natural


*A poor man (Sufi) who trains others.




Bob Marley


There’s a natural mystic
Blowing through the air
If you listen carefully now you will hear
This could be the first trumpet
Might as well be the last
Many more will have to suffer
Many more will have to die
Don’t ask me why


Things are not the way they used to be
I won’t tell no lie
One and all got to face reality now


Though I try to find the answer
To all the questions they ask
Though I know it’s impossible
To go living through the past
Don’t tell no lie


There’s a natural mystic
Blowing through the air
Can’t keep them down
If you listen carefully now you will hear
Such a natural mystic
Blowing through the air


This could be the first trumpet
Might as well be the last
Many more will have to suffer
Many more will have to die
Don’t ask me why

There’s a natural mystic
Blowing through the air
I won’t tell no lie
If you listen carefully now, you will hear
There’s a natural mystic
Blowing through the air



Old Twinkling Lee
Can’t see the right roads when the streets are paved
The old slave mill, might grind slow
But it grinds fine… yeah

[Verse 1]
African Herbsman, why linger on?
Just concentrate cuz heaven lives on
Retired slaveman, will look with a scorn
With a transplanted heart

[Bridge – Bob Marley and the Wailers]

[The Wailers]
Yes how quick we have to part
Yes how quick we have to part

The remembrance… of today… is the sad feeling of tomorrow…

[The Wailers]
Yes how quick we have to part

Oh, oh yeah

[Verse 2]
African Herbsman, seize your time
I’m taking illusion on the edge of my mind
I’m taking losers down through my life
Down through my life, yeah

[Bridge – Bob Marley and the Wailers]

[The Wailers]
Yes how quick we have to part
Yes how quick we have to part

Did they part? Yes they part!
In remembrance of today…

[The Wailers]
Yes how quick we have to part

[Repeat Verse 1]

[Bridge – Bob Marley and the Wailers]

[The Wailers]
Yes how quick we have to part
Yes how quick we have to part

In remembrance, of today, brings sad feelings of tomorrow

[The Wailers]
Yes how quick we have to part

Believe me oh, oh lord I praise

African Herbsman
African Herbsman
African, African Herbsman

Chuang Tzu


The flowing of the stream does nothing, but follows its nature
The perfect man does the same with regard to virtue
He does nothing to cultivate it, but all is affected by its presence
He is like the height of Heaven: natural
or the solidity of the Earth
or the brightness of sun and moon—all-natural
There is no need to cultivate this.


What is meant by ‘the True Man?’ The True men of old did not reject (the views of) the few; they did not seek to accomplish (their ends) like heroes (before others); they did not lay plans to attain those ends. Being such, though they might make mistakes, they had no occasion for repentance; though they might succeed, they had no self-complacency. Being such, they could ascend the loftiest heights without fear; they could pass through water without being made wet by it; they could go into fire without being burnt; so it was that by their knowledge they ascended to and reached the Tâo.

The True men of old did not dream when they slept, had no anxiety when they awoke, and did not care that their food should be pleasant. Their breathing came deep and silently. The breathing of the true man comes (even) from his heels, while men generally breathe (only) from their throats. When men are defeated in argument, their words come from their gullets as if they were vomiting. Where lusts and desires are deep, the springs of the Heavenly are shallow.

The True men of old knew nothing of the love of life or of the hatred of death. Entrance into life occasioned them no joy; the exit from it awakened no resistance. Composedly they went and came. They did not forget what their beginning bad been, and they did not inquire into what their end would be. They accepted (their life) and rejoiced in it; they forgot (all fear of death), and returned (to their state before life). Thus there was in them what is called the want of any mind to resist the Tâo, and of all attempts by means of the Human to assist the Heavenly. Such were they who are called the True men.

Being such, their minds were free from all thought; their demeanour was still and unmoved; their foreheads beamed simplicity. Whatever coldness came from them was like that of autumn; whatever warmth came from them was like that of spring. Their joy and anger assimilated to what we see in the four seasons. They did in regard to all things what was suitable, and no one could know how far their action would go.

One Love



Ibn al-Fāriḍ


As for my way in love, I have no way
If I neglect my love for a day, then I have left my sect
And if the thought of other than you occurs to me
Inadvertantly, I would consider it as my apostasy
You govern my life as you will,
so do what you will with me, for I have ever only desired you….



عن مذهبي في الحب مالي مذهب                وان ملت يوما عنه فارقت ملتي
وان خطرت لي في سواك ارادة             علي خاطري سهوا , قضيت بردتي
لك الحكم في أمري فما شئت            فأصنعي فلم تك الا فيك لا عنك رغبتي

Unknown Authors

Various positions have those who love from (mere) passion
But I have a unique place, in which I dwell alone.



مذاهب شتى للمحبّين في الهوى            و لي مدهب فرد أعيش به وحدي


Our expressions our many,
and your beauty is one
And it is to your beauty
that all of them allude



عباراتنا  شتّى و حسنك واحد      و كلّ إلى ذاك الجمال يشير


The sect of Love is different from all other religions
 For lovers, their sect and religion is simply God



ملت عشق از همه دین‌ها جداست
 عاشقان را ملت و مذهب خداست


Wisdom is bewildered by the religion of love
Although it knows all other religions



خرد نداند و حیران شود ز مذهب عشق
اگر چه واقف باشد ز جمله مذهب‌ها


Bob Marley


One Love! One Heart!
Let’s get together and feel all right.
Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!);
Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!),
Sayin’: give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Sayin’: let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo!Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love!);
There is one question I’d really love to ask (One Heart!):
Is there a place for the hopeless sinner,
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs?

One Love! What about the one heart? One Heart!
What about – ? Let’s get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One Love!);
So shall it be in the end (One Heart!),
All right!
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.
One more thing!

Let’s get together to fight this Holy Armagiddyon (One Love!),
So when the Man comes there will be no, no doom (One Song!).
Have pity on those whose chances grows t’inner;
There ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation.

Sayin’: One Love! What about the One Heart? (One Heart!)
What about the – ? Let’s get together and feel all right.
I’m pleadin’ to mankind! (One Love!);
Oh, Lord! (One Heart) Wo-ooh!

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.

I looked and all I saw was you…



If the meaning of your speech is not for me, then I don’t know
For my heart will not be cured and my liver’s fire will not be quenched
I looked and I didn’t see any one but you whom I love
If not for you, love would not be sweet for those who love
So when thought unveils you in the retreat of satisfaction
and it disappears, the people say my passions have led me astray
By your life, the lover has not gone astray nor has he erred*
But when they generalized, they made the fatwa miss its mark
If they had seen the meaning of your beauty
just as I saw, with the eye of the heart, they wouldn’t deny the claim
I dropped all shame in your love and
whoever is shameless in love enjoys the pillow talk
I tore the robes of dignity to shreds, exposing myself to you
and so distress becomes sweet in your love
There is no complaint in love even if one’s insides are torn up
and shame on the lovers who complain of your love



*Paraphrase of Qur’an 53:2




إِذا لم يكنْ مَعْنى حديثك لي يُدْرَى             فلا مُهْجْتيِ تُشْفىَ ولا كَبدي تُروَى
نَظرتُ فلم أنْظر سِواكَ أحبُّهُ                  ولَولاكَ ما طَاَب الهَوى لِلَّذي يَهوى
ولَّما اجْتلاَك الفكرُ في خَلوة الرّضا           وغيّبت قال الناس ضَلت بي الاهْوا
لَعمرُك ما ضَلَّ المحبُّ وَما غَوى                ولكَّنهمْ لمَّا عمُوا أخطئوا الفتوى
ولو شَهدوا معنى جمَالِكَ مثْلما              شهدْتُ بعينِ القلبِ ما أنكروا الدَّعوى
خلعت عِذاري في هَواك وَمنْ يكنْ             خليعَ عِذارِ في الهوى سَرَّهُ النجوى
وَمزقتُ أثواب الوقارِ تَهتكا                         عليكَ وطابت في محَبتكَ الْبلوَى
فما في الهْوى شكوىَ ولو مُزِّق الحَشَا         وَعارٌ على العُشاق في حُبِّكَ الشَّكوى






The pupil of my eye sees naught but your face
My bewildered heart recalls none but you

مردم دیده ما جز به رخت ناظر نیست
دل سرگشته ما غیر تو را ذاکر نیست


In the gangster’s world there is no thought or opinion of self
In this religion, seeing or thinking of yourself is infidelity


فکر خود و رای خود در عالم رندی نیست
کفر است در این مذهب خودبینی و خودرایی



Ibn ‘Arabi-My Beloved

Although not a poem in Arabic, this moving account of Divine “pillow talk” or munājāt (intimate discourses) by Ibn ‘Arabi was beautifully translated by Henri Corbin in poetic form.




Listen, O dearly beloved!
I am the reality of the world, the centre of the circumference,
I am the parts and the whole.
I am the will established between Heaven and Earth,
I have created perception in you only in order to be the object of My Perception.
If then you perceive Me, you perceive yourself.
But you cannot perceive Me through yourself.
It is through My Eyes that you see Me and see yourself,
Through your eyes you cannot see Me.

Dearly beloved!
I have called you so often and you have not heard Me.
I have shown Myself to you so often and you have not seen Me.
I have made Myself fragrance so often, and you have not smelled Me,
Savorous food, and you have not tasted Me.
Why can you not reach Me through the object you touch
Or breathe Me through sweet perfumes?
Why do you not see Me? Why do you not hear Me?
Why? Why? Why?

For you My delights surpass all other delights,
And the pleasure I procure you surpasses all other pleasures.
For you I am preferable to all other good things,
I am Beauty, I am Grace.

Love Me, love Me alone.
Love yourself in Me, in Me alone.
Attach yourself to Me,
No one is more inward than I.
Others love you for their own sakes,
I love you for yourself.
And you, you flee from Me.

Dearly beloved!
You cannot treat Me fairly,
For if you approach Me,
It is because I have approached you.
I am nearer to you than yourself,
Than your soul, than your breath.
Who among creatures
Would treat you as I do?

I am jealous of you, over you,
I want you to belong to no other,
Not even to yourself.
Be Mine, be for Me as you are in Me,
Though you are not even aware of it.

Dearly beloved!
Let us go toward Union.
And if we find the road
That leads to separation,
We will destroy separation.

Let us go hand in hand.
Let us enter the presence of Truth.
Let It be our judge
And imprint Its seal upon our union
For ever.


From: Henri Corbin. Creative Sufism ‘Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi, p. 174-75



!اسمع يا حبيبي
انا العين المقصودة في الكون
انا نقطة الدائرة ومحيطها
انا مركبها وبسيطها
انا الامر المنزل بين السماء والارض و السماء
ما خلفت لك الادراكات الا لتدركني بها
فاذا ادركتني ادركت نفسك
لا تطمع ان تدركني بادراكك نفسك
بعيني تراني ونفسك
لابعين نفسك تراني
كم اناديك فلا تسمع؟
كم اتراءى لك فلا تبصر ؟
كم اندرج لك فى الروائح فلا تشم ؟
وفي الطعوم فلا تطعم لى ذوقا؟
ما لك لاتلمسني فى الملموسات ؟
ما لك لاتدركني فى المشمومات ؟
ما لك لاتبصرنى؟
ما لك لاتسمعني؟
ما لك مالك مالك ؟
انا الذ لك من كل ملذوذ
أنا اشهي لك من كل مشتهى
انا احسن لك من كل حسن
انا الجميل
انا المليح
! حبيبي
حبني لا تحب غيري
اعشقني هم في
لا تهم في سواي
ضمّني قبّلني
ما تجد وصولا مثلي
كل يريدك له
وانا اريدك لك
وانت تفر مني
يا حبيبي
ما تنصفني
ان تقربت اليّ
تقربت اليك اضعاف ما تقربت به اليّ
انا اقرب اليك من نفسك و نسفك
من يفعل معك ذلك غيري من المخلوقين
اغار عليك منك
لا احب ان اراك عند الغير
كن عندى بي
اكن عندك
كما انت عندي
وانت لاتشعر
الوصال الوصال
يدي و يدك
ندخل على الحق تعالى
…ليحكم بيننا حكم الابد


O you present in my heart…




O you present in my heart, thinking of you makes me sweet
If no one ever visits my eye, then my heart will take its place for me
I am not gone, but my body is vanishing from wasting away
So no blamer found me, and no chaperone/rival saw me
Had the era known about me, people would have come to me
Nothing remains but passion, ask it about me, and it will answer for me





يَا حاضِراً في فُؤادي ** بِالفكرِ فِيكمْ أطيبُ
إِنْ لمْ يزُرْ شخصُ عيني ** فالقلبُ عِندي ينُوبُ
مَا غِبتُ لَكِنَّ جِسْمي ** من النُّحول يذوبُ
فَلمْ يَجدْني عذولٌ ** وَلاَ رآنِي رَقِيبُ
وَلوْ دَرَى الدَّهْرُ ** عَنِّي جَاءت إِلىَّ شعُوبُ
لَمْ يَبْقَ غَيْرُ غَرامٍ ** فَسَلهُ عَنِّي يِجُيبُ




Hey you hiding in my heart

I am happy when you’re near

You, my life, my joy and art

Who’s the image, who’s the mirror?


Du’a Nasiri الدعاء الناصري

Du’a Nāṣiri



O You to Whose mercy one flees!
You in Whom the one in need and distress seeks refuge!
O Master, You Whose pardon is near!
O You Who help all who call on Him!
There is nothing more majestic than Your immense power
and nothing mightier than the might of Your force.
Kings are humbled to the might of Your domain
 and You lower or elevate whomever You wish.
The entire affair returns to You,
and the release or conclusion of all matters is in Your hand.
We have presented our affair before You,
and we complain to You of our weakness.
Have mercy on us, O You Who know our weakness
and continue to be merciful.
Look at what we have experienced from people!
Our state among them is as You see.
Our troops are few and our wealth is little.
Our power has declined among groups.
They have weakened our solidarity and strength
 and diminished our numbers and our preparation.
O You Whose kingdom cannot be pillaged,
give us shelter by Your rank which is never overcome!
O Succour of the poor, we trust in You!
O Cave of the weak, we rely on You!
You are the One on Whom We call to remove our adversities,
and You are the One we hope will dispel our sorrows.
You have such concern for us that we cannot hope
for protection which comes through any other door.
We rush to the door of Your bounty
and You honour the one You enrich by Your gift.
You are the One Who guides when we are misguided.
You are the One who pardons when we slip.
You have full knowledge of all You have created
and encompassing compassion, mercy and forbearance.
There is no one in existence more lowly than we are
nor poorer and more in need of what You have than us.
O you of vast kindness! O You Whose good encompasses all mankind,
and no other is called on!
O Saviour of the drowning! O Compassionate!
O rescuer of the lost! O Gracious Bestower!
Words are lacking, O Hearing, O Answerer!
The cure is difficult, O Swift! O Near!
To you, our Lord, we have stretched out our hands
 and from You, our Lord, we hope for kindness.
Be kind to us in what You decree
and let us be pleased with what pleases You.
O Allah, change the state of hardship
for ease and help us with the wind of victory.
Give us victory over the aggressors
and contain the evil among those who asked for it.
Overpower our enemy, O Mighty, with a force
which disorders them and crushes them.
Overturn what they desire and make their efforts fail,
defeat their armies and unsettle their resolve.
O Allah, hasten Your revenge among them
 They cannot stand before Your power.
O Lord, O Lord, Our protection is by Your love,
and by the might of Your help.
Be for us and do not be against us.
Do not leave us to ourselves for a single instant.
We have no power of defence
nor have we any device to bring about our benefit.
We do not aim for other than Your noble door,
we do not hope for other than Your encompassing bounty.
Thoughts only hope for Your blessing
by the simple fact that you say ‘Be” and it is
O Lord, O Lord, arrival is by You
 to what You have and seeking the means is by You!
O Lord, You are our high pillar of support!
O Lord, You are our impregnable fortress.
O Lord, O Lord, give us security
when we travel and when we remain.
O Lord, preserve our crops and herds,
and preserve our trade and make our numbers more!
Make our land a land of the religion
 and a repose for the needy and the poor.
Give us force among the lands as well as respect,
impregnability and a polity.
Appoint it its might from the protected secret,
and grant it protection by the beautiful veiling.
By sad, qaf and nun,
place a thousand veils in front of it.
By the rank of the light of Your noble Face
and the rank of the secret of Your immense kingdom,
And the rank of ‘la ilaha illa’llah’
and the rank of the Best of Creation, O our Lord,
And the rank of that by which the Prophets prayed to You
and the rank of that by which the Saints pray to you,
And the rank of the power of the Qutb and the Awtad
and the rank of the Jaras and Afrad,
And the rank of the Akhyar and the rank of Nujaba’
 and the rank of the Abdal and the rank of the Nuqaba’,
And the rank of every one worshipping and doing dhikr
and the rank of everyone praising and giving thanks,
And the rank of everyone whose worth You elevated
both those who are concealed and those whose renown has spread,
And the ranks of the established ayats of the Book
and the rank of the Greatest Supreme Name,
O Lord, O Lord, make us stand as fuqara’
before You, weak and lowly.
We call to You with the supplication of the one
who calls on a noble Lord who does not turn aside those who call.
Accept our supplication with Your pure grace,
with the acceptance of someone who sets aside the fair reckoning.
Bestow on us the favour of the Generous,
and show us the kindness of the Forbearing.
O Merciful, extend Your mercy over us
and spread Your blessing over us, O Generous.
Choose for us in all our words
and select for us in all our actions.
O Lord, make it our habit to cling and devote ourselves
to the resplendent Sunna.
Confine our manifold desires to You
and grant us full and complete gnosis.
Combine both knowledge and action for us,
and direct our hopes to the Abiding Abode.
O Lord, make us follow the road of the fortunate
and make our seal the Seal of the martyrs, O Lord!
Make our sons virtuous and righteous,
scholars with action and people of good counsel.
O God, remedy the situation of the people
and, O God, make the reunification easy.
O Lord, grant Your clear victory to the one
who takes charge and empowers the religion,
And help him, O You Who are forbearing, and help his party
and fill his heart with what will make him pleasing to you.
O Lord, help our Muhammadan religion
and make it end mighty as it began.
Preserve it, O Lord, through the preservation of the scholars,
and raise the minaret of its light to heaven.
Pardon, grant well-being, make up for our deficiency
and forgive our sins and the sins of every Muslim, O our Lord.
O Lord, bless the Chosen one
with your perfect prayer of blessing.
Your prayer is that which grants success in his affair
 as befits his lofty worth.
Then bless his noble family and glorious Companions
and those who have followed them.
Praise belongs to Allah by whose praise
 those with an aim completely fulfil that aim.

-Translation by Aisha Bewley from



يَـــا مَـــنْ إلَـــى رَحْـمَـتِـهِ الْـمَـفَـرُّ        ومَـــنْ إلَــيْــهِ يَـلْـجَــأُ الْـمُـضَّـطَـرُ
وَيَــا قَـرِيــبَ الْـعَـفْـوِ يَـــا مَـــوْلاَهُ      وَيَـــا مُـجِـيـبَ كُـــلِّ مَـــن دَعَــــاهُ
بِـكَ اسْتَغَثْـنَـا يَــا مُغِـيـثَ الضُّعَـفَـا      فَحَسْـبُـنَـا يَـــا رَبِّ أَنـــت وَكَــفَــى
فَــلاَ أَجَــلَّ مِـــن عـظـيـم قُـدْرَتِــكْ      وَلاَ أَعَــزَّ مِــنْ عَـزِيــزِ سَـطْـوَتِـكْ
لـعــز مُـلْـكِـكَ الْـمُـلُــوكُ تَـخْـضَــعُ      تَخْفِـضُ قـدر مَـن تَـشَـاءُ وَتَـرْفَـعُ
وَالأَمْـــــــرُ كُـــلُّــــهُ إلَـــيْــــك رَدُّهُ      وَبِــيَــدَيْـــكَ حَـــلُّــــهُ وَعَــــقْــــدُهُ
ونـحـن قــد رفعـنـا أَمْـرَنَــا إلـيــك      وَقَــــدْ شَـكَـوْنَــا ضَـعْـفَـنَـا إلَــيْــكَ
فَارْحَمْنَـا يَـا مَـن لاَ يَــزَالُ عَالِـمًـا      بـحـالــنــا وَلاَ يَــــــزَالُ رَاحِـــمـــاً
وَانْظُرْ إلَى مَـا مَسْنَـا مـن الْـوَرَى      فَحَالُـنَـا مِــن بَيْنِـهِـمْ كَـمَــا تَـــرَى
قـــد قـــل وفـرنــا و قـــل جـمـنــا      وانحـط مـا بيـن الجـمـوع قـدرنـا
واستضعـفـونـا شــــدة وشــوكــة      وستـنـقـصـونـا عـــــدة وعــــــدة
وَنَـحْـنُ يَــا مَــن مُلْـكُـهُ لاَ يُسْـلَـبُ      لُـذْنَــا بِـجَـاهِـكَ الَّـــذِي لاَ يُـغْـلَــبُ
إلَـيْـكَ يَــا غَــوْثَ الذَّلِـيـلِ نَسْـتَـنِـدْ      عَلَيْـكَ يَـا كَهْـفَ الضَّعِيـفِ نَعْتَـمِـدْ
مِـنـكَ الْعِنَـايَـةُ الْـتِــي لاَ نَـرْتَـجِـي      حِمَـايَـةً مِــنْ غَـيْـرِ بَابِـهَـا تَـجِــي
أَنـــتَ الَّـــذِي تَـهْــدِي إذَا ضَلََـلْـنَـا      أَنـــتَ الَّــــذِي تَـعْـفُــو إذَا زَلَـلْـنَــا
يَا وَاسِـعَ الإحْسَـانِ يَـا مَـنْ خَيْـرُهُ      عَــمَّ الْــوَرَى وَلاَ يُـنَــادَى غَـيْــرُهُ
وَسِـعْـتَ كُــلَّ مَـــا خَـلَـقْـتَ عِـلْـمًـا      وَرَأْفَــــــةً وَرَحْـــمَـــةً وَحِــلْــمًـــا
وَقَـــــدْ مَــدَدْنَـــا رَبَّــنَـــا الأَكُــفَّـــا      وَمِـنــكَ رَبَّـنَــا رَجَــوْنَــا الـلُّـطْـفَـا
فَــأَبْــدِلِ الـلَّـهُــمَّ حَــــالَ الْـعُــسْــرِ      بِالْيُـسْـرِ وَامْـدُدْنَـا بِـرِيـحِ النَّـصْـرِ
وَاَجْعَـلْ لَنَـا عَـلَـى الْبُـغَـاةِ الْغَلَـبَـهْ      وَاقْصُرْ أَذَى الشَّرِّ عَلَى مَنْ طَلَبَـهْ
وَاَنْصُـرْ حِمَـانَـا يَــا قَــوِيُّ نَـصْـرا      وَاقْـهَـرْ عِـدَانَـا يَــا عَـزِيـزُ قَـهْــرا
وَاعْكِسْ مُرَادَهُـمْ وَخَيِّـبْ سَعْيَهُـمْ      وَاهْـزِمْ جُمُوعَهُـمْ وَأَفْسِـدْ رَأْيَـهُـمْ
وَعَـجِّــل الـلَّـهُـمَّ فِـيـهِــمْ نِـقْـمَـتَـكْ      فَـإنَّـهُــمْ لاَ يُـعْــجِــزُونَ قُــدْرَتَـــكْ
وَكُــــنْ لَــنَــا وَلاَ تَــكُــنْ عَـلَـيْـنَــا      وَلاَ تَـكِــلْــنَــا طَـــرْفَــــةً إلَــيْـــنَـــا
يَـــا رَبِّ يَـــا رَبِّ بِــــكَ الـتَّـوَسُــلُ      لِــمَــا لَــدَيْــكَ وَبِـــــكَ الـتَّــوَصُّــلُ
يَـــا رَبِّ أَنــــتَ رُكْـنُـنَــا الـرَّفِـيــعُ      يَـــا رَبِّ أَنـــتَ حِصْـنُـنَـا الْـمَـنِـيـعُ
يَـــا رَبِّ يَــــا رَبِّ أَنِـلْـنَــا الأَمْــنَــا      إذَا ارْتَــحَــلْــنَـــا وَإذَا أَقَـــمْـــنَــــا
وَاَجْـعَـلْ بِـصَـادٍ وَبِـقَـافٍ وَبِـنُــونْ      أَلْفَـي حِجَـابٍ مِـن وَرَائِـنَـا تَـكُـونْ
بِــــــجَــــــاهِ لاَ إلَـــــــــــــهَ إلاّ اللهُ      وَجَــاهِ خَـيْــرِ الْـخَـلْـقِ يَـــا رَبّـــاهُ
وَجَـــاهِ مَـــا بِـــهِ دَعَـــاكَ الأَنـبِـيَـا      وَجَــاهِ مَـــا بِـــهِ دَعَـــاكَ الأَوْلِـيَــا
وَجَــاهِ كُـــلِّ مَـــن رَفَـعْــتَ قَـــدْرَهُ      مِـمَّـن سَـتَـرْتَ أَوْ أَشَـعْـتَ ذِكْـــرَهُ
وَجَـــاهِ آيَـــاتِ الْـكِـتَـابِ الْمُـحْـكَـمِ      وَجَــاهِ الاسْــمِ الأَعْـظَــمِ الْمُـعَـظَّـمِ
رَبِّ دَعَـوْنَـاكَ دُعَــاءَ مَـــن دَعَـــا      رَبًّــا كَرِيـمـاً لاَ يَــرُدُّ مَــن سَـعَــى
فَاقْبَـلْ دُعَـاءَنَـا بِمَـحْـضِ الْفَـضْـلِ      قُبُـولَ مَــنْ أَلْـقَـى حِـسَـابَ الْـعَـدْلِ
وَامْـنُــنْ عَـلَـيْـنَـا مِــنَّــةَ الْـكَـرِيــمِ      وَاعْـطِـفْ عَلَيْـنَـا عِطْـفَـةَ الْحَـلِـيـمِ
وَانشُـرْ عَلَيْنَـا يَـا رَحِـيـمُ رَحْمَـتَـكْ      وَابْسُـطْ عَلَيْـنَـا يَــا كَـرِيـمُ نِعْمَـتَـكْ
وَخِــرْ لَـنَـا فِـــى سَـائِــرِ الأَقْـــوَالِ      وَاخْتَـرْ لَـنَـا فِــي سَـائِـرِ الأَحْــوَالِ
وَاجْمَـعْ لَنَـا مَـا بَيْـنَ عِلْـمٍ وَعَـمَـلْ      وَاصْرِفْ إلى دَارِ الْبَقَا مِنَّـا الأَمَـلْ
وَانْهَـجْ بِنَـا يَـا رَبِّ نَهْـجَ السُّـعَـدَا      وَاخْتِـمْ لَنَـا يَـا رَبِّ خَـتْـمَ الشُّـهَـدَا
وَأَصْـلِــح الـلَّـهُــمَّ حَــــالَ الأَهْــــلِ      وَيَـسِّــرْ الـلَّـهُـمَّ جَــمْــعَ الـشَّـمْــلِ
وَاقْـضِ لَنَـا أَغْرَاضَـنَـا الْمُخْتَلِـفَـهْ      فِـيــكَ وَعَـرِّفْـنَـا تَـمَــامَ الْمَـعْـرِفَـهْ
يَـا رَبِّ وَانصُـرْ دِينَـنَـا الْمُحَـمَّـدِي      وَاجْـعَـلْ خِـتَـامَ عِــزِّهِ كَـمَـا بُـــدِي
وَاعْفُ وَعَافِ وَاكْفِ وَاغْفِرْ ذَنْبَنَا      وَذَنْـــبَ كُـــلِّ مُـسْـلِـمٍ يَــــا رَبَّــنَــا
وَصَــلِّ يَـــا رَبِّ عَـلَــى الْمُـخْـتَـارِ      صَــلاَتَـــكَ الْـكَـامِــلَــةَ الْــمِــقْــدَارِ
صَــلاَتَــكَ الَّــتِــي تَــفِــي بِــقَــدْرِهِ      كَــمَــا يَـلِـيــقُ بِـارْتِـفَــاعِ ذِكْـــــرِهِ
ثُـــمَّ عَـلَــى الآلِ الْـكِــرَامِ وَعَـلَــى      أَتْبَـاعِـهِ الْـغُــرِّ وَمَـــن لَـهُــمْ تَـــلاَ
وَالْـحَــمْــدُ للهِ الَّـــــذِي بِــحَــمْــدِهِ      يَبْـلُـغُ ذُو الْـقَـصْـدِ تَـمَــامَ قَـصْــدِهِ





Hizb al-Nasr


Translation, Transliteration and Original:

حزب النصر
Hizb al-Nasr

اللهم بسطوة جبروت قهرك، وبسرعة إغاثة نصرك، وبغيرتك لانتهاك حرماتك، وحمايتك لمن احتمى بآياتك،
Allahumma bisatwati jabarouti qahrika, wa bisorati ighathati nasrika, wa bighayratika li ntihaki horumaika, wa himayatika liman ihtama bi ayatik.
O Allah, by the force of the absolute power with which You triumph, and the quickness of Your succour when You aid to victory, and Your jealousy at the violation of things You have made sacrosanct, and by Your protection of him who seeks safety in Your verses:


نسألك يا الله يا سميع يا قريب يا مجيب يا سريع يا منتقم يا شديد البطش يا جبار يا قهار يا من لا يعجزه قهر الجبابرة ولا يعظم عليه هلاك المتمردة من الملوك والأكاسرة أن تجعل كيد من كادنا في نحره ومكر من مكر بنا عائدا عليه، وحفرة من حفر لنا واقعا فيها ومن نصب لنا شبكة الخداع، اجعلها ياسيدي مساقا إليها ومصادا فيها وأسيرا لديها،
Nas’aloka ya Allah,ya Samee’o,ya Qareebo, ya Saree’o, ya Montaqimo, ya Shadeeda l-batshi, ya Jabbaro, ya Qahhar, ya man la yo’jizohu qahro l-jababirati mina l-molooki wa l-akasirah, an taj’ala kayda man kadana fi nahrihi, wa makra man mkara bina ‘a’idan ‘alayhi, wa hofrata man hafara lana waqi’an fiha, wa man nasaba lana shabakata l-khida’i j’alho ya sayyidi mosaqan fiha, wa mosadan fiha, wa ‘aseeran ladayha.
I ask You, O Allah, O All-near, O All-hearing, O All-answering, O Ever-swift, O Vengeful, O Mighty of Assault: O Compeller, O Invincible, O You who are undeterred by the might of tyrants, and to whom the destruction of rebellious traitors, of kings and caesars, is very easy: make the trap of him who sets one for me cut his own throat; the plot of him who plots against me return against him; and make him who digs a pit for me fall in it himself; And he who spreads a web of treachery for me, make him, My Lord, driven to it and caught in it.


اللهم بحق كهيعص اكفنا هم العدا ولقهم الردا واجعلهم لكل حبيب فدا. وسلط عليهم عاجل النقمة في اليوم والغدا.
Allahomma bihaqqi Kaf ha ya ‘ayn sad ikfina hamma l-ida. Wa laqqihimo r-rada. Wa j’alhom likolli habibin fida. Wa sallit ‘alayhim ‘ajila n-naqmati fi l-yawmi wa l-ghada.
O Allah, by the right of Kaf Ha Ya ‘Ayn Sad relieve us of the worry of enemies, let them meet with death, make them the ransom of every beloved, and loose upon them a speedy vengeance, day and night.


اللهم بدد شملهم. اللهم فرق جمعهم. اللهم أقلل عددهم. اللهم فل حدهم. اللهم اجعل الدائرة عليهم. اللهم وأوصل العذاب إليهم. اللهم أخرجهم عن دائرة الحلم. واسلبهم مدد الإمهال. وغل أيديهم وأرجلهم واشدد على قلوبهم ولا تبلغهم الآمال.
Allahomma baddid shamlahom. Allahomma farriq jam’ahom. Allahomma aqlil adadahom. Allahomma folla haddahom. Allahomma j’ali d-da’irata ‘alayhim. Allahomma awsili l-athaba ilayhim. Allahomma akhrijhom min da’irati l-hilm. Wa slobhom madada l-imhal. Wa gholla aydeehim wa arjolohom, wa shdod ‘ala qoloobihim, wa la toballighohomo l-a’amal.
O Allah, scatter their company; O Allah shatter their unity; O Allah, lessen their number; O Allah, blunt their edge; O Allah, turn fate against them; O Allah, unleash torment upon them; O Allah, banish them from the circle of clemency, and strip them of the benefit of postponement, and fetter their hands and feet, and blind their hearts, and give them no hope.

اللهم مزقهم كل ممزق مزقته لأعدائك انتصارا لأنبيائك ورسلك وأوليائك
Allahomma mazzikhom kolla momazzaqin mazzaqtaho li ‘a’daaika n-tisaran li anbiya’ika wa rosolika wa awliya’k.
O Allah, rend them utterly to pieces, as You have rent Your enemies, to win the day for Your prophets, messengers and You beloved ones.

اللهم انتصر لنا انتصارك لأحبابك على أعدائك (3)
Allahomma n-tassir lana n-tisaraka li ahbabika ‘ala a’daa’ik. (3)
O Allah, give us the victory You give to those You love over Your enemies. (3)

(اللهم لا تمكن الأعداء فينا ولا تسلطهم علينا بذنوبنا (3
Allahomma la tomakkini l-a’daa’a fina, wa la tosallithom ‘alayna bi-thonoobina (3)
O Allah, do not let Your enemies defeat us, nor give them power over us because of our sins. (3)

حم، حم، حم، حم، حم، حم، حم
Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim,
Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim, Ha Mim,

حم الأمر وجاء النصر فعلينا لا ينصرون
Homma l-amro wa ja’a n-nasro fa ‘alayna la yonsaroon.
The matter be done; the victory come; against us they shall not be helped.

حمعسق حمايتنا مما نخاف.
Hamim ‘Ayn Sin Qaf himayatona mimma nakhaf.
Ha Mim ‘Ayn Sin Qaf is our protection from what we fear.

اللهم قنا شر الأسواء ولاتجعلنا محلا للبلواء. اللهم أعطنا أمل الرجاء وفوق الأمل.
Allahomma qina sharra l-aswa’i, wa la taj’alna mahallan lil balwa. Allahomma a’tina amala r-raja’i wa fawqa l-amal.
O Allah, shield us from the evil of iniquities, and make us not a place of tribulation. O Allah, give us cause to hope, and more than hope.

يا هو يا هو يا هو
Ya hoo. Ya hoo. Ya hoo
O You, O You, O You,

يا من بفضله لفضله نسألك العجل العجل. إلهي، الإجابة الإجابة.
Ya man bifadhlihi lifadhlihi, nas’aloka l-‘ajala l-‘ajal. Ilahi l-‘ijabata l-ijabah.

O You from whose favor we ask of His favor that it be fast, fast, fast. O my God, An answer, An answer.

يا من أجاب نوحا في قومه، يا من نصر إبراهيم على أعدائه، يا من رد يوسف على يعقوب. يا من كشف ضر أيوب. يا من أجاب دعوة زكريا. يا من قبل تسبيح يونس بن متى.
Ya man ajaba Nouhan fi qawmih, ya man nasara Ibrahim ‘ala a’daa’ih, ya man radda Yousofa ‘ala Ya’qoob, ya man kashafa dhorra Ayyoub, ya man ajaba da’wata Zakariyya, ya man qabila tasbeeha Younosa bni Matta.
O You who answered Noah about his people. O You who made Abraham triumphant over his foes. O You who reunited Joseph with Jacob. O You who lifted the affliction of Job. O You who answered the prayer of Zachariah. O You who accepted the praises of Jonah son of Amittai.

نسألك بأسرار هذه الدعوات أن تقبل ما به دعوناك، وأن تعطينا ما سألناك. أنجز لنا وعدك الذي وعدته لعبادك المؤمنين.
Nas’aloka bi-asrari hathihi d-da’awat an taqbala ma bihi da’awnak, wa an to’tiyana ma sa’alnak Anjiz lana wa’daka l-athi wa’adtaho li ‘ibadika l-mo’mineen.
O Allah, by the secrets of those supplications, beseech You to accept our supplications, and give us what we have asked, and keep Your promise You have given Your believing servants.

لا إله إلا أنت سبحانك إني كنت من الظالمين.
La ilaha illa anta, sobhanaka, inni konto mina dhalimeen.
“There is no god but You. Exalted is Your perfection; verily I was of the wrongdoers”

انقطعت آمالنا وعزتك إلا منك، وخاب رجاؤنا وحقل إلا فيك.
Inqata’at aamalona, wa izzatoka, illa mink. Wa khaba raja’ona, wa haqqoka, illa feek.
Our wishes come to nothing- I swear by Your might- except from You; and our hopes are dashed- I swear by Your right- except in You.

إن أبطأت غارة الأرحام وابتعدت، فأقرب الشيء منا غارة الله.
In abta’at gharato l-arahami wa bta’adat, fa aqrabo sh-shay’i minna gharato l-Lah.
If the rescue raid of kinsmen be slow and far off, the nearest thing to us is the rescue raid of Allah.

يا غارة الله جدي السير مسرعة في حل عقدتنا.
Ya gharata l-Lahi, jiddi s-sayra mosri’atan li halli ‘oqadatina.
O raid of Allah, fly with haste to end our plight.

يا غارة الله عدت العادون وجاروا ورجون الله مجيرا.
Ya gharata l-Lahi, ‘adati l-‘adoon wa jarou, wa rajawna l-Laha mojeera.
O raid of Allah, wrongdoers have assailed us and transgressed; and Allah we seek as protector.

وكفى بالله وليا وكفى بالله نصيرا.
Wa kafa bi l-Lahi waliyan wa kafa bi l-Lahi naseera.
And Allah suffices as friend; and Allah suffices as helper.

وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل
Wa hasbona l-Laho wa ni’ma l-wakeel.
“Allah suffices us and is best to rely on”

ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم
Wa la hawla wa la qowata illa bi l-Lahi l-Aliyyi l-Adheem.
“There is no power or strength except through Allah, the High, the All-great”

سلام على نوح في العالمين
Salamon ‘ala Nouhin fi l-‘alameen.
Peace be with Noah among people.

استجب لنا آمين.
Istajib lana, ameen.
Answer us. Ameen.

فقطع دابر القوم الذين ظلموا والحمد لله رب العالمين
Fa qoti’a dabiro l-qawmi l-latheen dhalamoo, wa l-hamdo li-Lahi rabbi l-‘alameen.
“the wrongdoing folk were extirpated, and praise be to Allah Lord of the Worlds”

وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم.
Wa salla l-Laho ‘ala sayyidina Mohammadin wa ‘ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
Allah bless our liegelord Mohammad, and his folk and Companions, and truly give them peace.




‘Afīf al-dīn Tilimsānī and son


The disciple of Ibn ‘Arabi, ‘Afīf al-din Tilimsānī (d. 1291), and his son (known as al-Shab al-Ẓarīf, “The Elegant Youth” ) are known and loved for their poetry, some of which is still sung today.  Here I present one poem from the father, and a more famous poem by the son with special thanks to K.M. for help with the translations.


‘Afīf al-Dīn al-Tilimsānī


Don’t be fooled by the fineness of her cheek
For the sword slays by the fineness of its blade
Leave the eyelids, for their drowsiness has become
a point in the straightened spear of her stature
My sleep, like a gazelle, is constantly fleeing from me
For he unites his opposite with his exile
Frailty flowed into my body from her coldness
And I loved it because it is from her
The enviers were amazed, having seen my drunkenness without limit
while my heart endured the punishment of her limits*
Be easy, for doesn’t the flapping of her sash
resemble my heart or the flame of her cheek?
This is a connection, that were my heart to attain it, ablaze
I would forgive her in its burning
My thanks to my patience with her, for when she betrayed me
I saw betrayal as faithfulness to her promise
My weeping from distance and being crushed
Is a pearl in my hands, not in her necklace
Who can be fair to me in nearness?
for my near one has spurned me, so who then can rescue me from her distance?
O ban tree of the valley, and O its leaves, weep for your branch
since I weep for her loss
you are sad and sad am I—both of us
Today, one who has been pardoned laments his love
My state is like yours, and the neighbor, with his hand on the water
knows its heat from its cold.



لاَ تُخْدَعَنَّ بِرِقَّةٍ فِي خَدِّهِ                 فَالسَّيْفُ قَتَّالٌ بِرِقْةِ حَدِّهِ
وَدَعِ الجُفُونَ فَإِنَّمَا وَسْنَانُهَا             أَضْحَى سِنَاناً فِي مُثَقَّفِ قَدِّهِ
ظَبْيٌّ حَكَى نَوْمِي دَوَامُ نَفَارِهِ            عَنِّى فَواصَلَ ضِدَّهُ مَعَ صَدِّهِ
وَسَرَى إِلى جِسْمِي الضَّنَا مِن خَصرِهِ               فَهَوِيتُ ذَاكَ لإِنَّهُ مِنْ عِنْدِهِ
عَجِبَ الحَسُودُ وَقَدْ رَأَى سُكْرِي بِلاَ                حَدٍّ وقَلْبِي فِي عُقُوبَةِ حَدِّهِ
خَفِّضْ عَلَيْكَ أَلَيْسَ خَفْقُ وِشَاحِهِ              يَحْكِي فُؤَادِي أَوْ تَلَهُّبُ خَدِّهِ
هِيَ نِسْبَةٌ لَوْ أَنَّ قَلْبِيَ نَالَهَا                   مُتَوَقِّداً لَعَذَرْتُهُ فِي وَقْدِهِ
شُكْرِي لِصَبْرِي عَنْهُ إِذْ هُوَ خَانَنِي             وَرَأَى الخِيَانَةَ كَالْوَفَاءِ بِعَهْدِهِ
ولَمْدَمَعِي بُعْداً وَسَحْقاً إِنَّهُ                دُرٌّ لَدَيَّ ولَمْ يَكُنْ فِي عِقْدِهِ
مَنْ مُنْصِفِي مِنْ قُرْبِهِ فَلَقَدْ أَبَى            قُرْبِي وَمَنْ ذَا مُنْقِذِي مِنْ بُعْدِهِ
يا بَانَةَ الوَادِي وَيَا وَرْقَاءَهُ              نُوحِي لِغُصنِكِ إِذْ أَنُوحُ لِفَقْدِهِ
أَنْتِ الحَزِينَةُ والحَزِينُ أَنَا كِلاَنَا                  اليَوْمَ مَعْذُورٌ يَنُوحُ بِوَجْدِهِ
حَالِي كَحَالِكِ وَالمُجَاوِرُ كَفُّهُ               لِلمَاءِ يَعْرِفُ حَرَّهُ مِنْ بَرْدِهِ


al-Shāb al-Ẓarīf (the son)


Don’t hide what love does to you
Express your love—for we are all lovers
[Your] love would have stayed hidden if not for your tears
streaming and your heart pounding
Perhaps he to whom you complain of love will help you
in bearing it, for lovers are kind companions
Don’t fret, for you are not the first to fall in love
[many] cheeks and pupils have bravely faced [the tears]
So be patient in separation from the beloved for perhaps
union will return, and love has its ways
How many nights my pupils spent awake in search of union
while my thoughts crowded around me
O Lord, those whom I love are far from me
and separation has become intimate with these dear friends
My fortune with them blackened when
the burning from the fire of love began
The Arabs, I saw that the surest promise with them
is that no promise with them is ever sure
On their she-camels and in their troops is a display
in which there is constant fleeing and hypocrisy
Whenever he remains aloof, those riding behind him attack
his waist with eyes like belts
The eyes gaze at him as he lowers his in silence
for if he looks back, then they all drop, blinking in shame.



لا تُخْفِ ما صَنَعَتْ بِكَ الأَشْواقُ
وَاشْرَحْ هَواكَ فَكُلُّنَا عُشَّاقُ
قَدْ كَانَ يُخْفي الحُبَّ لَوْلَا دَمْعُكَ ال
جَارِي وَلَوْلا قَلْبُكَ الخَفَّاقُ
فَعَسى يُعينُكَ مَنْ شَكَوْتَ لَهُ الهَوى
في حَمْلِهِ فالعَاشِقُون رِفَاقُ
لا تَجْزَعَنَّ فَلَسْتَ أَوّلَ مُغْرَمٍ
فَتَكَتْ بِهِ الوَجْنَاتُ وَالأَحْدَاقُ
وَاصْبِرْ عَلى هَجْرِ الحَبِيبِ فَرُبَّما
عَادَ الوِصَالُ ولِلْهَوى أَخْلاقُ
كَمْ لَيْلَةٍ أَسْهَرْتُ أَحْداقي بِهَا
مُلْقىً ولِلأَفْكَارِ بِي إِحْدَاقُ
يا رَبِّ قَدْ بَعُدَ الَّذين أُحِبُّهُمْ
عَنِّي وَقَدْ أَلِفَ الرّفاقَ فِراقُ
وَاِسْوَدَّ حَظِّي عِنْدَهُم لَمَّا سَرى
فيهِ بِنَارِ صَبابتِي إِحْرَاقُ
عُرْبٌ رَأَيْتُ أَصَحَّ ميثاقٍ لَهُمْ
أَنْ لا يَصِحَّ لَدَيْهِمُ مِيثَاقُ
وَعَلى النّياقِ وفي الأَكلَّةِ مَعْرِضٌ
فِيهِ نِفارٌ دائمٌ وَنِفاقُ
مَا نَاءَ إِلّا حَارَبَتْ أَرْدافُهُ
خَصْراً عَليهِ مِنَ العُيونِ نِطَاقُ
تَرْنُو العُيونُ إِليه في إطْراقِهِ
فَإِذَا رَنَا فَلِكُلِّها إِطْرَاقُ


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Me/not Me


Shah Niyaz Barelvi

A lover without news I am
I am not I, yet I am I
A Knower with art I am
I am not I, nay I am I


Burning of the heart and liver I am
Restless in seclusion I am
knowledgeable of all cures I am
I am not I, nay I am I


The loveliness and beauty of Truth I am
the glory and majesty of Truth I am
its dignity and rank and splendour I am
I am not I, nay I am I


A sufi with purity I am
without Him and with God I am
the people of the heart and glance I am
I am not I, nay I am I


Jesus of Mary I am
Ahmad the Hashimi I am
‘Ali, the lion of the brave, I am
I am not I, nay I am I


His secret and need I am
His burning and melting I am
the one who walks on his head I am
I am not I, nay I am I


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عاشق بى خبرمنم
من نمنم، نمن منم
عارف باهنرمنم
من نمنم، نمن منم


سوز دل و جگر منم
وحشة پرده در منم
 دانش بخية گر منم
من نمنم، نمن منم


حسن و جمال حق منم
عز و  جلال حق منم
حشمة و جا و فر منم
من نمنم، نمن منم


صوفي با صفاء
بي خودى و با خدا
اهل دل و نظر منم
من نمنم، نمن منم
عسى مريمي منم
احمد هاشمي
هيدر شر نار منم
من نمنم، نمن منم


راز و نياز خود منم
سوز و گداز خود منم
كرد قدم به سر منم
من نمنم، نمن منم







O master, say that I am I, I am not I, nay I am I
He is my soul inside my body, I am not I, nay I am I
light fire of love, let burn reason’s rule
the darkness of night has become the light of day
I am not I, nay I am I
I am the arrow, I’m the bow, I am old and I am young
This is me, and that is me
I am not I, nay I am I
I’m His appearance and his hiddenness
I am the diamond of his necklace
I am the the storehouse of his treasure
I am not I, nay I am I
I am His white falcon, I am the shadow of his willow
I am His road of hope
I am not I, nay I am I
I am the soul, I am the breath
I am the bird, I am the cage
I am the thief, I am also the police
I am not I, nay I am I
I am his water camel, I am a worshipper of his cup
I am the force of his arrow,
I am not I, nay I am I
My camel got drunk on wine and became frail
with a howl it broke free
I am not I, nay I am I
I am the Sun, I am the moon, I am the sea, I am the pearl
I am the nectar, I am also the sugar
I am not I, nay I am I
I am the earth and heaven, I am the pole and the harbour
I am both Ka’aba and the wine in the cup,
I am not I, nay I am I
I am the instrument, I am the Voice, I am the saint
I am the king, I am God
I am not I, nay I am I
He said, “I am Shams ad-Din, possessor of both infidelity and faith”
I am not I, nay I am I…







After extinction I came out, and I
Eternal now am, though not as I
And who am I, O I, but I?
خرجت في حين بعد الفنا
ومن هنا بقيت بلا أنا
ومن أنا يا أنا إلا أنا


trans. by  Martin Lings from Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology


Good news from Shaykh al-‘Alawi





Good news to you, my friends! News of nearness and drawing near!
You are gathered in security As long as you are in the party of Allah.
Good news to you, my masters! Good news to you, my lovers!
Good news about what is coming —You are in the mercy of Allah.
Your gathering is the source of mercy, Your gathering has a wisdom in it
Whoever loves you, rises — yours is the pleasure of Allah
Pleased with Divine Pleasure And Mercy as well as Forgiveness.
You are the party of the Merciful, You are the friends of Allah.
Your path will not pass away, Your lover will not lose out.
By Allah! You are manifest, In all the creation of Allah
You stood at His door, You were annihilated in His remembrance
Good news to you of His nearness! You are in the Presence of Allah!
Among you is the seeker and the attracted, among you is the lover and beloved —
The veils have departed from you —among you is he who unifies Allah.
Among you are The Suns of the Path, among you are The Men of realization
The annihilated and the lover are among you, among you is he who Knows Allah
Among you are the foremost Men, among you are the lords of presence are among you —
one from whom the veil has lifted, sees nothing but Allah.
Good news for him, he has obtained his desire! Good news for him, He has the meaning!
By Allah! He was accepted in the knowledge of Allah!
The full moon of full moons gave me good news, of victory with manifestation —
Our lover in happiness, surrounded by the kindness of Allah.
By Allah, he spoke the most eloquent word
We helped you in the Assembly, You are in the security of Allah.
The spirit of the Master gave me good news, Al-Buzidi, the source of assistance
When he spoke to me with discernment, after swearing by Allah.
Your lover is secure, your murid is safeguarded.
You are the springs of the Merciful, in your hands is the secret of Allah.
in your hands is the proclamation, yours is the lifting of the veils
You are the lords of presence, You are the friends of Allah.
Mine is the permission of disposal through that secret most subtle
Oh what an excellent obligation, for the pleased, may he be rewarded by Allah
His secret is in our gathering, His wine is in our cup
His knowledge is in our speech. By Allah! We are not other than him.
Our overflowing is from his overflowing, our secret is from his secret.
Our branch is from his root, Oh you who does not understand his meaning.
Secretly and openly, I addressed the people of the journey.
Whoever in my age, Comes to us, finds his desire.
I have counseled all the servants, especially the people of the cities.
Whoever seeks with discernment, he is desiring Allah.
He comes, even if just to test it, and he has a portion from us.
This is a near road, which has come to us from the bounty of Allah.
We give him counsel in the Path, and he makes me a companion in it
We show him the meaning of realization, purely for the face of Allah.
He confirms me in a matter of days days, we do not seek years from him.
If he obtains the desire, He will be a servant of Allah.
I have a cure for creation, I have what effaces otherness
We do not wish to rob with it, for we are rich from the bounty of Allah
I am rich with the goal, what do I or denial have?
We do not see in existence, anyone manifest save Allah.
Sometimes we are annihilated in Him, and we have that meaning.
Sometimes we are rich in Him, free from all creation of Allah.
Sometimes He appears from me, He distances me from my being.
Who am I and where am I, in the resplendence of the essence of Allah?
If not for the witnessed Messenger, if not for the Worshipped’s lover,
We would have transgressed the limits, and divulged the secret of Allah.
May the Lord bless him, and with good pleasure manifest
upon all the Companions, and his family and whoever follows him.


Translation modified from:


shaikhSidi_ahmed_alawi_03 (1)



بشراكمُ خلاني              بالقرب والتداني
جمعكم في أمان        ما دمتم في حزب الله
بشراكمُ ساداتي               بشراكم أحبتي
بشرتكم بالآتي           أنتم في رحمة الله
جمعكم عين الرحمة           جمعكم فيه حكمة
ومَن حبكم سمى         عليكم رضوان الله
الرضى مع الرضوان      والرحمة كذا الغفران
أنتمُ حزب الرحمن              أنتم أولياء الله
طريقكم لا تغور             محبكم لا يبور
تالله لكم ظهور          في جميع خلق الله
وقفتم في بابه              فنيتم في ذكره
بشراكم بقربه          أنتم في حضرة الله
منكم سالك ومجذوب        منكم حبيب ومحبوب
عنكم زالت الحجب             فيكم من وحد الله
فيكم شموس الطريق           فيكم رجال التحقيق
منكم فاني وعاشق            فيكم من عرف الله
فيكم رجال الصدور         فيكم أرباب الحضور
من زالت عنه الستور          لا يرى ما سوى الله
بُشراه نال المنى             بشراه حاز المعنى
والله لقد كانا              مقبولا في علم الله
بشرني بدر البدور            بالنصر مع الظهور
محبنا في سرور              محفوظا بلطف الله
والله لقد قالا                   بأفصح المقالا
نصرناك في الملا                أنت في أمان الله
بشرني روح الأستاذ              البوزيدي ذو المدد
إذ قال لي باجتهاد                  بعد أن قسمْ بالله
محبكم في أمان               مريدكم في ضمان
أنتم عيون الرحمن                      بيدكم سر الله
بيدكمُ المنشور                 لكم ترفع الستور
أنتم أرباب الحضور                    أنتم أولياء الله
أذن لكم بالتصريف            في ذاك السر اللطيف
فيا حبذا التكليف                بالرضى جزاه الله

سره في جمعنا                   خمره في كأسنا 

علمه في نطقنا                     تالله لسنا سواه
فيضنا من فيضه                      سرنا من سره
فرعنا من أصله               يا من لا يفهم معناه
في السر وفي الجهر               خاطبتُ أهل السير
فمن كان في عصري                    يأتنا يجد مناه
نصحت كل العباد             خصوصا أهل البلاد
فمن كان في اجتهاد                    طالبا يريد الله
يأتي ولو بالتجريب                   فله منا نصيب
هذا مسلكٌ قريب                أتانا من فضل الله
ننصحْ له في الطريق                 يجعلني له رفيق
نريه معنى التحقيق                 خالصا لوجه الله
يوافقني في أيام              لا نطلب منه أعوام
فإن حصّل المرام                    يكون عبدا لله
عندي للخلق الدوا             عندي لمحو السوى
لا نرجو به سطوة                  غنيٌّ بفضل الله
أنا غني بالمقصود              ما لي وما للجحود
فلا نرى في الوجود                متجلّي سوى الله
تارةً فيه نفنى                وبذا المعنى كنا
تارةً به نغنى              عن جميع خلق الله
تارة يظهرْ عنّي              يغيبني عن كوني
من أنا ومن أيني؟              في تجلي ذات الله
لولا الرسول المشهود           لولا الحبيب المعبود
لتهنا عن الحدود                 وبحنا بسر الله
عليه المولى صلى               وبالرضى تجلى
على الصحابةْ جملة               والآل ومن والاه


Qaṣīdah Luṭfiyyah by Aḥmad al-‘Alawī



This poem by the Algerian Shaykh Aḥmad al-‘Alāwī  (d.1934) is commonly sung after recitations of the Qur’an in the Maghreb, France, and other areas to which his Tariqah has spread:



Oh Lord, by your kindness, O my hope
be kind to us, and grant us deliverance
We ask You, O Lord, by the Qur’an
and what is in it, and by the seven oft-recited (the Fatihah)
And by him who brought it, and who shared it
and exalted its verses/signs and its love
And led us to our love of the Qur’an
and made it sweeter to us than all else
You revealed it and ordered its compilation
preserve it, O Master, as you have said
For some others have tried to eliminate/leave it
will you allow this, O Lord? by its act
You will never be pleased to allow us to leave the Qur’an
because it is Religion with Faith
And its worth for us surpasses
all existence and all that is contained therein
For the Qur’an is the essence of reality
and the sacred law and the firm handhold
You know our love of the Qur’an
and how it dwells in our hearts and on our tongues
It is intermingled with our blood and our flesh
and our veins and bones and all that is in us
O Lord, by its right, do not afflict us
in our religion, O Lord, do not try us
O Lord, make your religion for us a joy
for one knocking at your door, full of hope
Or the stranger, O Lord, far from his family
who is suffering from separation from his loved ones
Save him o Lord, before his death
and prolong his life for us
Make our homes homes of safety
and preserve us from every deception and distress
And help us, O Lord, by your Spirit
and allow us, O our Lord, to fulfill your command
And have mercy on us, great and small
and safeguard those whom you see are bewildered
And make right for us our worldly and spiritual affairs
and remove the pain of afflictions and poverty
And forgive, O Lord, one who supplicates with our supplication
and be for us and for all our intimates
Raise us to the witnessing of beauty
and from it to the secrets of perfection
And bless, O Lord, with a blessing worthy
of the Chosen One, and upon his family
And his companions, and the Helpers and Those who followed
then all praise to God, Lord of the Worlds

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يا ربّ بلطفك يا مرتجى
ألطف بينا وهيئ لنا فرجا
سألناك يا ربّ بالقرآن
وما فيه وبسبع المثاني
وبالّذي أتى به وبثّه
وبجّل آياته وحبّه.
وأمر بحبّنا القرآن
فكان أطيب لنا ممّا كان.
نزّلته وبجمعه أمرتا
فلتحفظه يا مولانا كما قلت.
فقد حاول الغير على تركه
وهل تسمح يا مولانا بفعله.
فلا نرضى بتركنا القرآن
لأنّه الّدين مع الإيمان.
فقدره عندنا لا يساويه
كل الوجود وما احتو ى عليه.
فالقرآن هو عين الحقيقة
و الشّريعة والعروة الوثيقة.
أنت تعلم بحبّنا القرآن
وكيف حلّ القلب واللّسان.
فامتزج بدمنا ولحمنا
و العروق و العظام وما فينا.
أ يا ربّ بحقّه لا تفجأنا
في ديننا يا مولانا لا تفتنا.
يا ربّ اجعل لدينك فرجا
إنّه واقف ببابك يرتجى.
آو الغريب يا ربّ لأهله
قد ألّم الفراق في أحبابه.
أدركه يا ربّ قبل وفاته
و زد لنا يا ربّ في حياته.
واجعل ديارنا ديار آمنة
و حفظنا من كلّ مكر ومحنة.
وأيّدنا يا مولانا بروحك
و وفّقنا يا ربّنا لأمرك.
وارحم منّا الكبار والصّغار
و أمّنهم فتراهم حياّرى.
وأصلح لنا دنيانا مع الدّين
وافج كرب المكروب والمسكين.
واغفر ربّ لمن دعا بدعوانا
وكن لنا ولجميع خلاّنا.
وانهض بنا لشهود الجمال
ومن له بأسرار الكمال.
وصلّ ياربّ صلاة تليق
بالمصطفى وعلى الآل تصدق.
وصحبه وأنصاره والتّابعين
ثمّ الحمد لله ربّ العالمين.







Working Title/Artist: Leaf from a Qur'an manuscriptDepartment: Islamic ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: 07Working Date: 13th-14th century photography by mma, Digital File DP238067.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 5_31_12