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THE SECRET TO TRANQUILITY

English Poetry

 

PART (4)  

 

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) -  Encomiums (نعت) of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).

(iii) The Secret to tranquility Part (3)  - Eulogies in honor of Dignitaries.
(iv) The Secret to tranquility Part (4)  - Exclusive poetry. 

 

POETICAL EXPRESSIONS

 

Needless to say that the 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 also 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 [Meaning - "To Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) belong the East and the West. Wherever you turn, you will find Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) ( Meaning Allah- سبحانہ و تعا لی is Omnipresent - existing everywhere every moment). 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 [Meaning - '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,' that 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.

 

SUFI POETRY 

 

Sufi poetry contains spiritual experiences of Shuyookh of Islam in various states of progression from Sharia, to Tareeqa, to Haqeeqah and Ma'arefa.   They also write about their experiences  of 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.  

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

 
 

 

 
 EXCLUSIVE  POETRY  
 

 
(1)
 
 
O'Muslims,  don't be afraid
From opposing winds, don't be scared
We are living in difficult times
Nowhere on Earth,  we find good signs

Know this our Lord,  is close by
Gather courage,  and don't cry
Hold on to rope of Prophet ﷺ tight
He is our savior from this plight
 
Since you left the straight path
What you face is the aftermath
You are subdued by various wraith
This is the curse of wrongful faith
 
There is no escape,  in any town
All over Earth, we are beaten down
Lynched and burnt, yet we survive   
Hit and hurt, we are alive   
 
Ruthless rulers prevail over you
They pillage, plunder, destroy you 
These are the signs of God's wrath
Turn towards Him, to end blood bath
    
Don't wander away in dark   
On right way, you should embark  
Come back to Lord,  and find His grace
Save yourselves,  from utter disgrace
 
Unity of Sects, is not right way 
They're the ones, gone astray 
 Unity of sects, will not help
This Unity is like, scum  kelp
 
Let us correct our Islamic faith
Cover yourself in Prophet's swathe
Unity in faith is the only key
That will save and set you free 
  
   

 
(2)

 

We have erred, we accept and tell
We shamed our elders, we know it well
We sinned for long, no doubt in it
We built the evil, bit by bit
We ignored Your calls, for night and day
We seek Your pardon and mercy today
 
No place on Earth, where we can hide
No one is there, to take our side
We are removed, from homes everywhere
No one is listening to our prayer 
We are treated in a terrible way
We seek Your pardon and mercy today
 
Look at our plight, we are alone
Forgive our sins, and kindly condone
We are lynched,  and burnt alive
We are on run, just to survive
Our enemies have become, stronger by day
We seek Your pardon and mercy today
 
The rulers compete, in killing spree
In our destruction,  their faces glee
O’our Lord, have pity on us
Take us out,  from this cuss
Its our fault, we’ve gone astray
We seek Your pardon and mercy today
 
Faithless believers are all around
They repress and hound, and push around 
We seek protection, from their designs 
Helpless we are, against their confines
Bring them to faith or take them away
We seek Your pardon and mercy today
 
  

 
(3)

 

Open our hearts to Your guidance
Make  them resist evil contrivance
They have rusted with sinful plates
And we are wandering in wicked states
Look at our plight,  &  kindly condone
O’our Lord,  don’t leave us alone
 
Worldly desires have overtaken us
The devils are also raising ruckus
We are detained in evil confines
No hope of rescue and no good signs
Take us away from this frigid zone
O’our Lord, don’t leave us alone
 
No one is there,  who could help
In anguish & despair we call & yelp
O’our Prophet , kindly mediate
With your grace,  make us straight
We pray, lament, and bemoan 
O’our Lord, don’t leave us alone
 
We are believers, & faithful servants
But have been caught up,  in wicked currents
Couldn’t  resist and couldn’t stand
The onslaught of evil and faithless band
Its  our fault, we do depone
O’our Lord,  don’t leave us alone
 
We are hit on both our sides
By faithless believers and enemy tides
Help us to stand with our flock
On correct faith,  like a solid rock
For mercy compassion, You are well known
O’our Lord,  don’t leave us alone
 
 

 
(4)

 

The Ummah is suffering,  because of them
Their faith has turned them, into scum
They live in the garb of affinity
But have spoiled the Islamic Serenity
You know our Lord, they are root cleavers
The cause of Your wrath are faithless believers
 
Correct Islamic faith, is the key
But they don’t want to act, nor agree
In the name of Islam, they play vile tricks
To conceal their faith, they play politics
They raise in Muslims stormy fevers
The cause of Your wrath, are faithless believers
 
They are adamant, and often blame
To truthful Muslims, they defame
We don’t know how, to counter them
Make us strong and cut their stem
We seek protection, from evil beavers
The cause of Your wrath, are faithless believers
 
They keep their faith fully concealed
Because of them, we are Kneeled
Strange to see,  how they claim
That they belong,  to Islamic main frame
They hide their motives, and are deceivers
The cause of Your wrath are faithless believers
 
Save us from,  our evil selves
This is hidden enemy, within ourselves
Your help and support,  is paramount
From divine succor,  we can surmount
Save us our Lord,  from these seizures
The cause of Your wrath are faithless believers
 
Looking at their aversion people condemn
We get hurt in the world, because of them
Bring them to faith or shun them away
They are the ones, who have gone astray
We seek Your refuge,  from non-believers
The cause of Your wrath are faithless believers 
 
 
 
 
 
RELATED READING 
 
 

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

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

The Secret to tranquility Part (3) - Eulogies in honor of Dignitaries.

 

 

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