MY IMAM AND I IN 60 WORDS By Shafeen Ali (shafeenali.com)
WHAT YOU SEE, I SEE
WHAT YOU DO, I DO
WHAT YOU ARE, I AM
I AM NOTHING
YOU ARE EVERYTHING
YOUR SREVA I HAVE UNDERTAKEN
MY ONLY TASK IS TO MIRROR YOU
UNTIL NOTHING REMAINS BUT YOU
WHAT I SEE, YOU SEE
WHAT I DO, YOU DO
WHAT I AM, YOU ARE
*Written in 60 words as my humble dedication to our Beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee.
*IMAM – In Arabic, the word “IMAM” means “one who leads the way”.
*I AM NOTHING YOU ARE EVERYTHING YOUR SREVA I HAVE UNDERTAKEN – These lines correspond to the oft recited lines from Pir Hasan Kabirdin’s Anant Akhado, Verse 188, “Ham kuchh nahin Tame chho sarve Sreva tamari ham liana ji”.
*SREVA – In Sanskrit, the word “SREVA” means “service” or “worship”. It signifies a deep devotion where a subject COMPLETELY gives oneself to the object of one’s devotion.
*MAWLA – In Arabic, the word “MAWLA” means “Lord” or “Master”. It signifies one who has a greater AWLA, closeness or claim, over a person, than the same person has over himself/herself. Therefore, the object of one’s SREVA would be one’s MAWLA.
Shafeen Ali is a Shia Ismaili Muslim who has been a faith-based teacher and speaker for the last 10 years. He has delivered more than 150 presentations and workshops throughout the world on faith and religious education. He recently published his first book, To Be One with God: Seven Journeys to the Meaning of Life, through Amazon. Shafeen also has a Masters in Business Administration and has spent more than 13 years managing and executing business and technology projects and teams in the United States.