Additional Diwans

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The Oneness of Action and Existence

Sa'altu qalbee 'an qurbi rabbee

faqaala laa shakka huwa haadir

I asked my heart about the nearness of my Lord, so it said: 'There is no doubt that He is present.'

fa qultu ma leeya laa 'araahu

faqaala lee huwa feeka dhaahir

So I said: 'What is wrong with me that I do not see Him?' And it said to me: 'He is manifest in you.'

fa qultu hadha 'l-amru 'ajeebun

fa kayfa yakhfaa wa 'n-nooru baahir

I said: 'This is astonishing- how can He be hidden if light is brilliant?'

fa qaala wahmun huwa 'l-hijaabu

wahwa li kulli 'l-anaami qaahir

It said: 'Illusion is the veil: and it overpowers all men.'

lakinna man kaana dha 'jtibaa;i

ghaaba 'ani 'l-wahmi bi 's-saraa'ir

‘However, the one who is chosen withdraws from illusion through his secrets.

wa saara roohan bi ghayri jismin

wa shaahada 'r-rabba bi 'l-basaa'ir

And he becomes a spirit without body and directly sees the Lord with inner sight:

fa ghaayatu 'l-fat-hi fi 'sh-shuhoodi

li hadratin maa lahaa min saatir

So the goal of openness in direct seeing is a presence that has no veil.

fa laysa fi'lun wa laa wujoodun

li ghayri rabbee 'inda 'l-akaabir

Among the great there is neither action nor existence from other than my Lord.

fa kullu man baaha bikhtiyaarin

min ghayri'idhnin rahu 'z-zawaajir

Whoever divulges the secret by choice, without idhn, has restrictions placed on him.

yaa rabbi iftab lana 'l-basaa 'ir

wa nawwiri 'l-qalba wa 's-saraa'ir

Oh Lord! Open our inner sight for us and illumine our heart and secret.

tbumma 's-salaatu 'ala 'n-nabeeyyi

maajadda bibbun wa saara saa'ir

Then bless the Prophet as long as there is a lover serious in his love and a wayfarer journeying.

waa alibi wa 's-sibaabi jam'an

maa taara sbawqan lillaabi taa'ir

And his Family and Companions altogether, as long as there is one who flies to Allah with longing.