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THE SECRET TO TRANQUILITY

English Poetry

 

PART (1) 

 

Written by

Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri 

  

 

  

بِسم الله الرحمنِ الرحيم  

 الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين

 

Compilation of English poetry by Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri  titled 'The Secret to Tranquility' is divided into the following sections.

 

(i) The Secret to Tranquility Part (1) - Devotion to Almighty (حمدِ باری تعالیٰ).

(ii) The Secret to Tranquility Part (2) -  Reverence (نعت) of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).

(iii) The Secret to tranquility Part (3)  - Veneration of Dignitaries.
(iv) The Secret to tranquility Part (4)  - Exclusive poetry.
 
The poetry is rhythmic in style.  Therefore, it should be read in rhyme.  Watch for the punctuation marks carefully. Commas have been placed at distinct places where you need to give a short pause.   If you read it in rhyme, by giving a short pause on comma, you will understand the full meaning and will also enjoy its reading.

Sufi poetry contains spiritual experiences of Awliya Allah / Shuyookh of Ihsan during various states of progression from Sharia, to Tareeqa, to Haqeeqah and Ma'arefaThey also write about their experiences  of the 'other world' we enter after our death.  Sometimes, they write about the administration of Spiritual realm (عالمِ مثال).  These issues are part of spiritual hidden knowledge. 

It is in Quran -  فَوَجَدَا عَبْدًا مِّنْ عِبَادِنَا آتَيْنَاهُ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَعَلَّمْنَاهُ مِن لَّدُنَّا عِلْمًا  (Then they found one of Our Servants on whom We had conferred a special favor  from Our Presence, and whom We had taught special hidden knowledge from Us) (Al-Kahf - 65). 

What is Ilm-e-Ladunni (Special Hidden knowledge) referred to in the above verse?  This is the knowledge of the Spiritual Realm (عالمِ مثال) which is given to Sufia-e-Karam/Awliya Allah as a special favor from their Lord. These issues cannot be understood by verbal explanations, you need to see them and experience them personally.

Awliya Allah/Shuyookh of Ihsan are chosen people. They inherit their knowledge, stations, and states from Prophets. 

It is in Hadith - “Whoever takes a Wali of Mine an enemy, I will wage war on him; and My slave will not perform any act with which he draws closer to Me, more beloved to Me then when he fulfills what I have ordained on him; and My salve will keep drawing closer to Me by performing the Nawafil (voluntary acts of worship) until I love him, and when I love him, I will be his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hands with which he strikes, and his legs with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him; and if he seeks refuge with Me, I will grant him refuge” (Bukhari).   

The expressions of Sahi-ul-Aqeeda Sufis/Awliya Allah is reflection of their emotions and their  intrinsic spiritual states.  These should be understood in their proper perspective.  If you do not understand these expressions, it is better to learn about them from a Sahih-ul-Aqeedah reliable Sufi Shaikh of Ihsan.   

Before reading the poetry, go through the following brief note about Sufi poetry.  It will help you in understanding the subject matter well.  

 

 

POETICAL EXPRESSIONS

 

Needless to say that poetry is different from prose.  And even in prose, expressions and the meanings of the words differ.  Like the expression will be different when a Judge writes a court verdict, or scientists or educationists describe a subject in science, mathematics, medicine or engineering. 

To understand true meanings of poetry, the reader should have some knowledge of poetical expressions and  terms generally used in poetry.   Like the poet says to his beloved, 'your eyes are like stars, your eyes have the depth of an ocean, you are my life, wherever I see, I see your face' and so on.  Like some people call their wife/little daughter as 'Honey, Habibti, Jaan, Janu', etc.  All these are metaphors generally used by poets.   

Similarly, the literal/textual meaning of the word Shaikh (الشیخ) is 'Old Man'. But all Islamic writers and Sufi poets  use this term to refer to their teacher or an Islamic scholar.

There are metaphorical verses (آیاتِ مُتشابھات) in Quran that need to be understood in their proper perspective. In the same way, there are a  number of Ahadith that need to be understood in their proper perspectives. 

Sufi Shuyookh/Awliya Allah use metaphors in their poetry for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and their Shuyooks to express their love, respect and affection.   Like, they say, O' my Lord, wherever I see, I see you'.  'My Lord is visible to me in everything around me'.  'I do not see anything, except my Lord'.  'I talk to my Lord and He replies to me'.  'I am annihilated in the existence of my Lord', and so on. 

The above are all references to Allah's (سبحانہ و تعا لی) guidance and inspirations received by Sahih-ul-Aqeedah Sufis/Awliya Allah on their pure hearts. They see Allah's (سبحانہ و تعا لی) signs in everything around them because Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has commanded us  in Quran to see His signs in the Cosmos.

 

(i) It is in Hadith - Narrated by Abdullah (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) - "Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said  'Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) is not hidden from you". (Bukhari)

(ii) It is in Quran -  وَلِلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ [To Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) belong the East and the West. Wherever you turn, you will find Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی). Indeed Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) is all pervading (He is there throughout the Cosmos) and Omniscient (infinitely wise ). ] (Al-Baqra – 115 )
 
(iii) It is in Quran -  وَفِىٓ أَنفُسِكُمۡ‌ۚ أَفَلَا تُبۡصِرُونَ [He is in your own self, will you not see]  (Adh-Dhariyat - 21). 

 

Like we say, 'I am a Government servant", "I am a public servant" and  "I am a servant of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی)".  Here the meaning of Servant are different in all three expressions.

Like we address  'My Lord' to the Judge of a Court and we address the same "My Lord" for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی).  In both these places, we mean differently. 

Like Sufi Shuyookh say  'I am your servant ( banda/abd O' Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم )'.  Then they say  'I am your servant (banda/abd) My Lord'. They mean differently on both these instances.  For Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ), they mean  'I am your devoted follower O' Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and for Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), they mean His creature.

In the same way, some people call 'help me Ya Ghousul Azam Dastagir (المدد یا غوث الاعظم دستگیر)  ) or  Ya Ali Mushkil Kusha (یا علی مُشکِل کُشا) - (رضئ الله تعالى عنهم). The meaning of 'Mushkil Kusha' is solver of difficulties.  It is the Iman of every Muslim in the world that the actual solver of our difficulties is Allah ( سبحانه و تعا لی ) only.  However, when someone addresses Hadhrat Ali ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ) as Mushkil Kusha, he actually means that O'Allah (سبحانه و تعا لی) solve my difficulties by the Waseelah of Hadhrat Ali ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ). 

There are innumerable Ahadith about seeking of Waseelah for solving our problems from pious dead and alive both; like (i) “Seek every benefit from the pious faces” (Al-Jaama’ al-Sagheer, page 43-44); (ii)“O men of Allah! Help me” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah, volume 10, page 10; (iii) Masnad Abu Ya’laa, Hadith # 5269; (iv) Majama’ al-Zawaid, volume 10, page 132). 

Doing “Tawassul” from Prophet Mohammad  ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) by Hazrat Umar ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ) and then doing “Tawassul” from Hazrat Abbas ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه ) is mentioned in Bukhari, Hadith # 1010, narrated by Anas ( رضئ الله تعالی عنه  ). 

Some people keep their son's name  'Abd ar-Rasool',  'Abd an-Nabi,' which means the follower of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم )'.  There are thousands of words we use repeatedly on many occasions and we mean differently on each occasion. These are known as metaphorical expressions.  Metaphors add beauty to poetry. 

 

UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC ISSUES 

Usually, people look at the blue surface of the water  spread over a vast area and call it an ocean.  What they see is only the surface of the Ocean. They do not know what is the actual meaning of Ocean, how deep and complex it is, what kind of inhabitants live under the ocean and  what kind of atmosphere is their inside the depths of the ocean. Very few people, who happen to go deep into the oceans  have an idea about the nature of the ocean. 

People belonging to some sects in Muslims are ignorant about Human Self, Soul and Body. They derive literal/textual meanings of certain verses of Quran and Ahadith and interpret the rest of the Quran and Ahadith as per their limited understanding and claim it to be Islam. They never try to find the real meanings of the commandments of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) and His Apostle (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ). This is the reason they remain on the surface, and never realize the truth, depth and real spirit of Islam.   Read more.

 

 

 

 DEVOTION TO ALMIGHTY (حمدِ باری تعالیٰ 

 
(1) 
 
 
I am active, for the name sake
I can’t move, neither can shake
Puppet I am, in my Lord’s hands
Can’t sleep at will, neither can wake
 
In my life, I don’t have a role
Everything related, is in His control
I can’t look forward, in doing anything
It looks, in life, I don’t have a goal
 
My life is guided, as per His command
I am protected, from awry demand
Nothing I can do, on my own
My heart is guarded, against any strand
 
 Word of my mouth, is not my own
My lord controls, even my tone
His mercy covers, from all sides
The evil is kept out of my zone
 
My Lord is active, in my name
My breaths are mine, I can’t claim
My vision and hearing, are controlled
My life moves on, in a frame
 

 
(2)
 
 
He is one, and only one
Absolutely unique, looks like none
His Absolute Being, has no elements
Compound He is not, Has no fragrance
Neither is born, nor Has children
Has no look-alike, equals or brethren
 
His purgative magnificence, can't be seen
In this conjecture, He's Absolutely Unseen
Not knowing, His refulgence, and His grace
People deny, by astonished face
The facts are complex, to understand, thus
The ignorant monotheists, make the fuss
 
He can't be confined, into a place
He is pure from shape, figure and face
Dwell-less Unity, is beyond space
But is omnipresent, in glitter and grace
This looks complex, but  it's the fact
This understanding, keeps faith in-tact
 
He can't be sensed, without a heart
Which has courage, and purity apart
He is pure, from human-like, lineage
And is found, in confinements breakage
He is above, your conceptual forms
His Unity is, beyond the Cosmic norms
 
How glorious,  is Your Unity
You are there, in eternity
You are Living, and Omnipresent
We are servants, totally dependent
In our attributes, and in existence
Every moment, for our sustenance
 

 
(3)
 
 
The Unification of Almighty,
Is a complex subjectivity.
You should have a strong heart,
To understand this reality.
 
His formlessness, is uniform
Free from, body and form
Has no peers, and no partners 
Can’t be visualized,  in this norm
 
He knows Himself and creatures
Also knows, individual natures,
Stay away from philosophers
Protect your faith,  and postures
 
The annotations of Unity
Know them with credulity
Internal and external 
God is free from duality
 
You visualize God;  its internal
His creation;  its external
In between are, three States
All of them, non-dimensional
 
The first state is 'Infinity'
The second is 'Indefinity'
The third is 'Active Multiplicity'
All are free from periodicity
 
He knows Himself, its 'Infinity'
Knows his traits, its 'Indefinity'
He knows about His creatures
It is 'Active Multiplicity'
 
The divine states are annotations
These are precise illustrations
Have no bearing on, oneness of God
They are knowledge notations
 
 

 
(4)
    
 
The first belief, about God is that, He was all alone
There was no one, no creation, to Himself, was He known
 
The 'Essence',  of God, is known as His, 'Unity'
In elucidation, 'Unity' has no scope for duality
 
Engrossed in His Unity, 'The Hidden Treasure', Almighty
Wanted, He be known, in His attributes, of multiplicity
 
He thus, created the Earth, and whatever there is,  in the skies
And many a worlds, full of things, we can't see, through our eyes
 
His attributes are that, He, ‘Knows all',  and is 'Living'
He Hears all', ‘He Seeing all', 'Omnipotent' and 'Speaking'
 
  'Powerful' and 'Merciful',  His names depict His might
He is called, by different names, because of, this insight
 
He has knowledge of Himself, and about His creation
Everything created, is His bestowal and sanctification
 
He knew the facts, of this Cosmos, in collective form
And knew us, before creation, in our, destined norm
 
This world is but, a depiction of,  the 'knowledge of God'
It can’t survive, nor exist, without our Lord
 
Where are we living, did you ever,  try to know
In His knowledge, where from, none can ever go
 
All the shapes, in Cosmos are but, images of, His intention
Their ever changing nature shows, His attributes' reflection
 
All these things, are proof that, there is only one God
Let us worship Him only,  because He is our Lord
 
No space, nor form, can ever confine Lord
No shape, nor body, can ever depict God.
 

 
(5)
 
 
My Lord is with me, all the time
Be it a day, or night time
His presence is,  so serene
I fade away, most of the time
 
He calls me, His chosen friend
Morn and evening, we spend
He is amazing, and so kind
In His company, I get blend
 
I am happy, when He is around
In His absence, I am confound
He is the life,  of my life
Without Him, I am dumbfound
 
The danger is, when I am with men
Worldly people, businessmen
They only talk of worldly wealth
It  happens every, now and then
 
They avoid listening, about our Lord
Their dealings are, recklessly odd
Their focus is,  profane intrigues
From worldly glitter, they defraud
 
Faithless believers, are other nuisance
They are devoid of common sense
They spread ignorance, and falsehood
And keep arguing, in self defense
 
Keep me my Lord, away from all
In between us, they create wall
You and me, and no one else
Far away, from every eye ball 
 
 

 
(6)
 
 
It's a unique way of Servant-hood
I don't exist,  the way I should
I don't have, a choice or 'will' 
The usual norm, of  human-hood
 
Many a time, I attempt something
But find myself, in another thing
His 'will' prevails, in all the things
With my effort, I achieve nothing
 
A toy I am, walking on ground
Have no control, on things around
The fact is that, I am not inbound
In my body, that's profound
 
People can't, understand my talk
They find no root, and no stalk 
I show them way, to reach their Lord
They find it strange,  out of  track
 
I hardly find a person, who dares,
To walk on the way, and he cares,
To follow the path,  ignoring scares,
Succeeds in life and he glares.
 
                          

 
(7)

 

Blinds are lifted from my eyes
I see Him within, and in Skies
I find His aid, and His advise
In every affair and all my ties
 
His guidance comes in many a norm
He inspires my heart, in every form
His decree is direct, and conform
As per time, place and form
 
I comply with His 'Intention'
Abide by it, with attention
My faculties are ceased, in suspension
Yet people call me,  a 'man of action'
 
When I say I exist, I am truthful
When I say I don't, it is insightful
Whatever I am, it is meaningful
As a matter of existence, it is fruitful
 
Majesty of my Lord, is so sublime
His wonders are seen, all the time
How amazed I am, everytime
I can't express, in word or rhyme
 

 
(8)
  
 
When I get busy, in my daily chore 
A bell rings,   in my  heart's core
I leave all work,  and attend the call
A voice is heard,  like never before
 
I see my Lord is smiling gleam
Bursting bright, through every seam
How are you, He asks with care
worn and weary, tired you seem
 
Fine; My Lord, I am just fine
Whatever I have, belongs to Thine
My longing for you, was at its heights
You called on me,  just in time
 
I know the reason, hence I call
What do you want, tell me all
Come up Here; lets go somewhere
I love your company, after all
 
I want to be, away somewhere
Just you and me,  and no one there
I look at you;  You look at me
And I get swayed,  by love and care
 
I'm always there,  with you, in you
No one dares, to come near you
You're made for me, just for Me
You be anywhere, I am with you
 
Then I see myself, in front of Him
He holds my hand;  and I go with Him
To places beyond the edge of time
Where no one is there, but me and Him
 
He speaks with me in a Lovely way
And in His arms, I fade away
Me and My Lord, and no one else
That's how I pass, my night and day
 
                           

  

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

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