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THE SECRET TO TRANQUILITY

English Poetry

 

PART (2)

 

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.

 


 

 REVERENCE (نعت)  
  of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and veneration of other Prophets 


 
(1)
 
 
Conqueror of hearts, of nations world-wide
O' revered Prophet ﷺ,  you are our guide
Sent down to stop, human  divide
Intercessor you are, in Hereafter beside
 
To seal the Prophet-hood, is your advent
Your obedience by mankind, is important
We follow your guidance, and consent 
By word & deed, till the Day of Judgment

O' Protector,  look at our plight
Broken at heart, we are at height
O' light of cosmos, brighten our lives
We are in darkness, no one in sight

Our endless affliction, you are aware
Who else, O' Prophet ﷺ,  help and care
Waiting for mercy, day in and out
We look forward, in wide stare

Come quick, O' Prophet ﷺ,  kindly endure
Your hand of support, will save us for sure
From  affront and insult,  we are obscure
Our respect and glory,  let us secure
 
 



(2)
 
 
Yr respect in Cosmos,  is next only to God
Even the prophets, are astound & awed
No one in humans, is akin & alike
No one could reach,  to yr summit or hike
Yr greatness is stamped, for all time
O’ Revered Prophet ,  you are sublime
 
You are Caliph,  of our Lord
Master and Guide, and our Guard
Intercessor  you are,  in Afterlife
Save us from, trial & strife
Fastened with thy shoes, we are the lime
O’ Revered Prophet ,  you are sublime
 
We are suffering,  on our accord
But are fastened,  with your cord
Help us O’ Prophet , Let us restore
Light of faith, among faithless core
Faithless believers are sooty begrime
O’ Revered Prophet ,  you are sublime
 
We are blessed, as you are on back
Our correct Islamic faith,  no one can hack
There are others,  who are misled
Formed sects,  and gone in red
Take out the Ummah,  from this clime
O’ Revered Prophet ,  you are sublime
 
On Sahih Iman, unite us all
Imprint your face, in every eyeball
Yr love be imbibed, in every heart
All tongues repeat, yr glory apart
We sing yr praise,  in a rhyme
O’ Revered Prophet ,  you are sublime
 
 
 

 
 
(3)
 
 
When I first met the Prophet ,  I fell on his feet
I felt like my heart,  had seized to beat
Awe struck I was,  from the pleasant surprise
Incessant tears, were flowing from my eyes

I wanted to speak, but said nothing
I wanted to show, but did nothing
Looked like I got, all in life
No more I wanted,  even in afterlife
 
I longed to see him,  all my life
And suffered the agony, of this strife   
When I saw him close, in front of my eyes
Couldn't believe, the honor and surprise


He picked me up, and sat me down
Asked me the reason,  for this meltdown
He gave me a hug, said you are so dear 
Why should you cry, when I am here 

Rejoice, he said, and be glad
In the cloak of glory, you are clad
Wipe out those tears, don’t ever cry  
Be happy, in good cheer, elated you fly   

From that day,  my tears have dried
I live with joy,  and have not cried
His meetings became, oft with time
His guidance is with me, all the time

One day he  took me to my Lord
It was an honor; a great reward
In their presence,  I faded away 
Don't know later, what happened that day
 
O' My Prophet ,  I am so grateful
You are so kind,  and so thoughtful 
Yr hand of support,  is so helpful 
The useless I was, have become useful 
 
 


 
(4)
 
 
The people who love you,  are uncountable
All Awliya Allah,  are admirable
Some of them,  are not comparable
For their status, is unassailable
But you chose me,  to be loved by you
Let my parents and I,  be sacrificed for you
 
The blessings of Allah, is because of you
His hand of support is,  only through you
The respected Prophets, also affirmed
Yr greatness in Cosmos, is confirmed
The Heavens and Earth, are created for you
Let my parents and I,  be sacrificed for you
 
The dignitaries I met , have all confirmed
They talked the same, and reaffirmed
In all the worlds,  your light blaze
And drums are beaten, in your praise
Allah’s beneficence, is only through you
Let my parents and I,  be sacrificed for you
  
I met revered  Sahabah,  and Awliya Allah
They affirmed the faith, in yr greatness Wallah
Everyone in the Cosmos,  talks the same
Yr absolute greatness,  they all acclaim
The one and the only, that is you
Let my parents and I,  be sacrificed for you
 
You have taught me, Correct Islamic faith
Campaign in the world,  about the correct faith
Is actually supported, and run by you
For people's salvation,  it is the clue
O' Revered Prophet ,  its only you
Let my parents and I,  be sacrificed for you
 
 


 
(5)
 
 
Prophet’s ﷺ  praise, paean is done 
By Allah, His angels, and everyone
 Creatures in,  all the worlds,
 Acclaim, they have, acumen
 
The birth of Prophet in reality 
Is a favor of Allah, to humanity
We knew our Lord, because of him
He saved us from, indignity
 
Prophet’s   Milad, is festival 
For Muslims, to celebrate, his arrival
Its thanksgiving, to our Lord,
For His mercy, and bestowal
 
Milad celebration, in other world
Is different from, our physical world
They celebrate Milad as an Eid,
Like we celebrate, in this world
 
On twelth Rabi-ul-Awwal, each year
It is celebration, and festive cheer
Prophets, Sahabah, and Awliya Allah,
Celebrate with their, near and dear
 
 


 
(6)
 
 
The Cosmos is created, by our Lord 
Prophet is His Caliph, and our Guard
He is assigned,  to rule the worlds 
He does it supreme, with his squad
 
Prophet ’s Caliph, is  the Lead 
Of governing team, it is decreed
This is the way, worlds are governed
In accord with, divine creed   
 
Tajalli-e-Rahman,  is the Monarch
Manifest on Arsh, he is stark
Seated on thrown, on Empyrean
He is Divine, Kingdom's hallmark 
 
Angels oversee,  certain segments
Certain other tasks, Jinns dispense
All are busy, in assigned tasks
No one deflects, or crosses the fence
 
Distinct role is played by Jibreel ؑ
Micha’eel ؑ ,  Izra’eel ؑ , and Israfeel ؑ
  Jibreel ؑ  is  hub, of communications 
Orders are issued, with divine seal
 
Cosmos admn, looks complex
But in reality, it is simplex
Follow the Prophet in all aspects
For all of us, he is vertex
 
 


   
(7)
 
 
I was taught, by eminent Shaikhs
Who were knowledge reservoir lakes
Held high ranks, in the ‘Other world’
They were solemn, towering stakes
 
In their aegis, I was remold
And arrived at, a blessed threshold
Given access,  to ‘spiritual world’
Allah’s rewards are, sure manifold
 
Many dignitaries played big role
In my progress, and console
With Prophet’s ﷺ brace, I came of age
His alms and dole,  filled my bowl
 
I was lucky to pay respects
To many Sahabah and prophets
It is an honor, to be with them
We all pray for, such prospects
 
Once my august Shaikh, asked me
To join him, he was going to see,
Prophet Moses ؑ, in his mansion
I was joyous, laughed with glee
 
Meeting the Prophet ؑ, was my dream
His Mansion, was sparkling gleam
We kissed his hands, touched his feet
He sat with grace, & Prophet's esteem
 
He was generous and sublime
Allowed to see him, after that time
He knew my fealty, love for him
 I met him later, many a time
 
He allowed me, in his mansion
And talked with, compassion 
He told a lot, about his life
I am grateful, for his affection 
 
 


 
(8)
 
 
Prophets are teachers, of humanity
Unique in judgement, and sanity
They are elite, of the 'other world'
Known for eloquence, & clarity
 
They treat people, with favor & care
In their company, you won’t  scare
Their doors are open, for all of us
They are focused, on peoples' welfare
 
I thank my Shaikhs, for their support
In both the worlds, for their consort
I paid respects, to many prophets
With their help, in their escort
 
Prophet Ibrahim ؑ, is kind & mild
With compassion, he is styled
When I sat, under his feet
He looked at me, like a grand child
 
Prophet Moses ؑ is affectionate
His honor & virtue is indeterminate  
I learned a lot in his company
His love for Prophet ﷺ, is indefinite
 
Prophet Dawood ؑ, is principled
In his presence, I was baffled
His aura looked, like sovereign 
Like emperors, he appareled
 
Prophet Sulaiman ؑ, is outgoing 
Dignified grace, overflowing
He explained me, about 'other world'
My meetings with him, were rewarding
 
Prophet Yousuf ؑ  is fluorescent 
Keeps at ease,  and patient
He told me a lot, about his life
His graceful looks, are radiant
 
I met Prophet Ismail ؑ and brother,
Prophet  Ishaq ؑ, who were together 
Both are kind, and generous
They live close by, their great father
 
One thing I found, in every Prophet
 They are sublime & honest
 All say, they are, Prophet’s ﷺ Ummah
They all love him, & follow his tenet
 
 

 

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