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THE SECRET TO TRANQUILITY

English Poetry 

 

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 being made available on our network websites. Some 'Hamd' (Devotion of Allah - سبحانه و تعالى)  and Encomiums (نعت) of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) written by the Shaikh in English are provided below for our readers.

Collection of Shaikh's Urdu poetry titled  'Ihsaa-sisthaan-e-Ased' is divided into 4 parts.  These are available on the following links on our network websites.

Ehsaasistan-e-Ased Part (1)

Ehsaasistan-e-Ased Part (2)

Ehsaasistan-e-Ased Part (3)

Ehsaasistan-e-Ased Part (4)

 

 

POETICAL EXPRESSIONS

 

Poetry is different from prose.  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.   

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. Similarly, 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).

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 (banda /Abd ) 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 soul and its realm. They do no know how the human soul works. 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.  

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

 

 

 
 
 DEVOTION OF ALMIGHTY       (حمدِ باری تعالیٰ
 

 
(1) 
 

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 its collective form
And knew us before our 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 intentions
Their ever changing nature shows, His attributes' reflections
 
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 form, can ever depict God
 

 

 
(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 the 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 confinement breakage
He is above your conceptual forms
His Unity is beyond the Cosmic norms
 
How glorious my Lord is your Unity
You are there in absolute eternity
You are Living, Knowing and Omnipotent
We are your servants, totally dependent
In our attributes and in existence
Every moment for our sustenance
 
 

 
 
(3)
 
 
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's 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 your 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's 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 
 
 

 
(4)
 
 
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
  
                         

 
(5)

 

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
 
And 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 time to time
I can't express in word nor rhyme
 
 
  
 
 
 
 ENCOMIUM (نعت)  
  of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم )
 
 


 
(1)
 
 
The 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 for their enlightenment
We obey your orders and God's commandment
Till the resurrection, and the Day of Judgment

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

Our endless affliction of, you are aware
Who else, O' Apostle ﷺ,  will help us and care
Waiting for mercy day in and out
My tearful eyes are open in wide stare

Come quick, O' Prophet ﷺ  kindly endure
Your hand of support will save us for sure
From  indignity and disgrace we are obscure
In the world,  our glory let us secure
 
 
 
 

 
 

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

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