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THE SECRET TO TRANQUILITY

English Poetry 

 

PART (3) 

 

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.

 

 

  

 VENERATION OF DIGNITARIES  

 
(1)
 
 
O’my Shuyookh I am so thankful
For all your help I am grateful
 
You were so kind,  and so favorable
Your teaching style, was so amiable
How gracefully,  you refined my heart 
In explaining things, you were apart 
 
You instilled in me,  the love of Allah,
His Prophet ﷺ, and all His Awliya Allah
I really don't know,  when did I change
The transformation, was really strange
 
O’my Shuyookh I am so thankful
For all your help I am grateful
 
I loved you a lot, for your kindness
For Awliya Allah, I developed fondness
On divine way, you led me along
On this path,  you made me strong
 
You introduced me,  to Awliya Allah
Prophet’s Caliphs, and many Sahaba
I learned a lot,  in their company
I am grateful to God,  for my destiny
 
O’my Shuyookh I am so thankful
For all your help I am grateful
 
With  meteoric pace,  I came of age
You pushed me reach,  to this stage
No words to express, my full gratitude
You let me peak,  at this altitude
 
Help me spread, your legacy
In cleaning hearts, from  heresy
Let people benefit, in this life
And salvation,  in afterlife
  
O’my Shuyookh I am so thankful
For all your help I am grateful
 
 

 
(2)
 
 
I met a dignitary,  who was graceful
Gracious he was, and looked respectful
My Shaikh introduced him, and asked me to greet
I kissed his hands, and his feet
 
Never seen someone,  so angelic, in face
Full of virtue, and Archangel's grace
He was so helpful, I always adore
He  changed my life, like never before
 
I spent some years, in his tutorship 
And learned a lot,  in his scholarship
He taught me the way, to be zestful
He was aware, and  sure mindful
 
He was epic, his company purposeful
I recall those years, and feel blissful
I am indebted,  in so many ways
No words can describe, his full praise
 
He stood by me, in many contentions
When devils created, many dissensions
He was with me, when Satan hassled
His evil crushed, and he was shackled
 
He had a purpose, of his stay
Without fulfilling, He wouldn't go away
He did it,  in style, and helped us all
And I was saved, from any down fall
 
 

 
(3)
 
  
I saw the Prophet ﷺ in my dreams
Since childhood, and through my teens
For explication, my Shuyookh were there
They helped me in knowing, whatever it means
 
But, I did not see, Khulafa-e-Rashideen
Except Hadhrat Ali ؓ, others were unseen
I saw Hadhrat Ali ؓ in a childhood dream
But, respect of all, remained supreme
 
One night I had, a great emprise
 I was in Zikr, with closed eyes
I received a call, from my Shaikh 
Who briefed me about, a great surprise  
 
It was after, the Isha Prayer
I stopped the Zikr, and waited with care
Lo! Hadhrat Abu Bakr ؓ was, in front of me
In an elegant attire, and Arabic wear
 
Greatly moved from pleasant surprise
Tears came out, from my eyes
I kissed his hands and touched his feet
And looked forward,  for his advise
 
Prophet ﷺ sent him, for a specific cause
I needed to know, certain clause
After the meet, he took me, with him
To a certain place, to my heart's applause 
 
I did have the honor, to see him sometimes
His company has been, my best of times
I found him sublime, with prophet like traits
He talks with authority, oftentimes  
 
 

 
(4)
 
 
One day the Prophet summoned me
And instructed, soon, to go and see
Someone important, for a certain task
I rushed in,  following his decree
 
The person, on the mentioned location
Was  inside his, elegant  mansion
I went inside, and found Hadhrat Umar ؓ
To my surprise and jubilation
 
I kissed his hands, & touched his feet
He hugged me smiling, and offered a seat
I looked at him, and recalled his services
For Islamic nation, no one can beat
 
My meeting was long, and  fruitful
For all his advice, I was grateful
I found his person,  like a magnate
Astute and wise, he was graceful
 
I saw him oft, after that meet
Was amazed by his, humble retreat
I learned a lot, in his company
And became a person, no one can beat  
 
 

 
(5)
  
 
When I was a child,  I saw a graceful dream
In the lawn of a house, I yippee and beam 
Seeing Hadhrat Ali ؓ entering the house
I called him Baba, my face lighted with sheen 
 
There were some children, in that august house
We all were playing,  below a birdhouse
Our mother Fatima ؓ  was in the court yard  
Busy in some chore, in that modest house
 
Since that dream, I loved Ali ؓ , as father
And Sayyeda Fatima ؓ, as my mother
Their love was engraved on my little heart
The flame of love, no one could smother
 
Years gone by, and I grew old
Under my shuyookh, I reached a threshold
I was given access, to meet dignitaries
Allah's bounties were truly manifold
 
Prophets, Sahabah and Awliya Allah
Any one could call, and see me Subhanallah
I sacrifice my Life on you O' Prophet ﷺ
This is your charity, and mercy of Allah
 
I first met Hadhrat Ali ؓ  in a meeting
He was with Prophet ﷺ, and was discussing
I was aware, he was my forefather
I kept him starring with intense feeling
 
When he was alone, I kissed his feet
I was thrilled, my heart raised its beat
 The Prophet ﷺ and Ali ؓ  both smiled 
 I was  elated, the moment was so sweet
 
 

 
 
(6)
  
 
In Imam Hussain ؓ  honor,  and felicitation
Tenth Muharram, in 'other world', is ovation
Prophets, Sahabah and Awliya attend
And people join in, for his veneration
  
Prophet’s ﷺ sermon, on this occasion,
In praise of Hasanain ؓ , and admiration,
For their services, to Islam and Muslims,
Is hallmark & testimony, of their devotion.
 
Many counters are,  expressly made
And people stand,  in Ques, in glade
To receive offerings, of Imam Hussain ؓ
They walk quietly in, and out of arcade
 
I  am invited for this event
For their veneration, I am present 
 Love of Prophet ﷺ ,  for his Ahle Bait,
Is unique in history, there is no precedent
 
In my first attendance, of this annual meet
When I looked at Imams ؓ,  I was upbeat 
They were sitting, beside Prophet ﷺ
I saluted them all,  and kissed their feet
 
Hasanain ؓ  are unique in many ways
I find no words for their praise
They are leaders of Muslim Ummah
And their nobility, none can appraise
 
 

 
 
(7)
 
 
When I was a child, I heard about him
In the school days, I read about him
 
I read his books, in my adolescence
And was awed by,  his quintessence
 
My Shaikh told me, his elevated state
No one could reach,  to his epic mandate
 
I developed a desire,  to connect with him
And my longing for him,  reached to the brim
 
My Shaikh realized, my love for him
And took me to him,  along with him
 
My delight and elation, I can’t convey
When I met Ghousul Azamؓ  on that day
 
I kissed his hands and touched his feet
He was so gracious and talked so sweet
 
Our meetings became oft with time
I found Ghousul Azamؓ ,  was so sublime
 
He told me a lot,  about his life
And many episodes,  about  his strife
 
One day my Shaikh,  informed me
Ghousul Azamؓ  called,  and wanted to see
 
I was taken to,  a very big hall
It was end of the day, before night fall
 
Many Awliya Allah,  had gathered there
And the time was up,  for the Maghrib prayer
 
I was asked to  give,  the call for prayer
And was summoned to lead,  the Maghrib prayer
 
Ghousul Azamؓ  then,  called me to greet
And placed around my neck, the chaplet of feat
 
The significance of the event,  was so great
Everyone present,  appreciated the fete
 
All Awliya Allah,  congratulated loudly
Their honor and praise,  touched me deeply
 
 

 


 
(8)
 
 
Awliya, are perceivers
Of divine mercy, receivers
Be part of, their circle
They are, Islamic reveres
 
There are status & ranks
In Sufi orders and their shanks 
Hadhrat Khwaja Moinuddin ؓ
Is pivot, among Chishtee swanks
 
He is distinguished preacher
And my, prominent teacher
I held his hand, on Sufi way
And walked, extended deeper
 
He is rare, in many ways
Even Awliya, are amaze
Famous as, Gharib Nawaz ؓ
Sultan-ul-Hind ؓ, is apt praise
 
In Awliya, he is leader
Belongs to, top cadre
I met many dignitaries
But he is exclusive beaver
 
His presence, is so important
And his mercy, gushing torrent
For over one millenium
  On Indian Muslims, is constant
 
He is part of, grand team
Of Ghousul Azam’s ؓ  stream
Correct faith propagation
Because of them, is agleem
 

 

 
(9)
 
 
When I visit the domes, of Awliya Allah
I witness the shower,  of Mercy of Allah
Like tiny pieces,  of clouds falling,
In blue blissful drizzle, all praise for Allah 
 
 The backdrop there, is calm and serene
Covered with grace, and peaceful sheen
Awliya are busy, in their daily chores
But attend to visitors,  as a routine
 
They keep files, of people who visit
And are abreast of, their requisite
After every Salah, they pray for them
Until their visitors' problems persist
 
Awliya Allah, are like flowers
Different in colors, looks and powers
They are  blessed, in both the worlds
In Muslim Ummah, they are like towers
 
They remain hidden from physical eyes
But are visible to, the spiritual eyes
Visit them often, and connect with them
Know about their life, & follow their advise
 
Corrupt, two faced, there are some men
Caretakers, henchmen & middle men
They defame Awliya, for worldly greed
And operate from, their shrine's den
 
Don’t annoy Awliya,  from transgression
Beware, they are, in divine protection
Stop deceiving,  the believing men,
Who come to Awliya,  for consolation
 
 

 
 
RELATED READING 
 
 

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

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

The Secret to tranquility Part (4)  - Exclusive Poetry. 

  

 

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