Selected Poetry: Hafiz and Ibn al-Arabi

Would You Think It Odd?

“I am in love with every church
And mosque
And temple
And any kind of shrine

Because I know it is there
That people say the different names
Of the One God.”

Would you tell your friends
I was a bit strange if I admitted

I am indeed in love with every mind
And heart and body.

O I am sincerely
Plumb crazy
About your every thought and yearning
And limb
Because, my dear,
I know
That it is through these

That you search for Him

Hafiz

O Marvel! a garden amidst the flames.
My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,
and the tables of the Torah and the book of the Quran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,
that is my religion and my faith.

ibn al-`Arabi, Tarjuman al-Ashwaq, in The Mystics of Islam, translated
by Reynold A Nicholson

ibn-arabi


Inspirations:
http://almoonir.blogspot.com/
http://www.cedarlane.org/04serms/s041128.pdf
http://www.allspirit.co.uk/hafizodd.html
http://www.ibnarabisociety.org/

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

One thought

  1. How true
    If only Mankind would accept this eventual reality-:All The Prophets came with One Message- “believe,praise The One God “

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