… the inevitable journey and the five lives of man.
Know, O beloved, that man was not created in jest or at random, but marvelously made and for some great end.
Hazrat Imam Al-Ghazzali r.a
We live our lives with a train of endless stimuli striking the five senses. These, for the seeker do so much, to remind one of the inevitable crossing. Although in all honesty comprehension is limited, since we the human race uses a tiny percentage of our hearts and minds to its fullest potential. The Holy Quran and the sayings (Hadith Shareef) of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s) give us so much to ponder upon and reflect…awaken the sleeping heart and feel … insisting to let our intellect come alive on a different altitude.
The images in this series are of things evident in our surrounding and are used metaphorically. They were inspired by single or a collection of words from the precious treasures that come from beyond. Frail human intellectual capacity can only try to understand the constant reminders of the inescapable journey. I do realize that my diminutive brain has not even scratched the surface and all this cannot really have a beginning or an end.
… The Prophet (s.a.w.s) explains this: “Knowledge is in two sections. One is in man’s tongue, which is the confirmation of Allah’s existence. The other is in man’s heart. That is the one necessary for the realization of man’s goal.” The truly beneficial knowledge is only within the framework of the heart’s activity. As the Prophet (s.a.w.s) says,” The Holy Quran has an outer meaning and an inner meaning.” Allah most High revealed the Holy Quran in ten layers of hidden meaning. Each successive meaning is more beneficial than one before, because it is closer to the source of truth. The twelve divine Names belonging to the Essence of Allah are like the twelve fountains which gushed forth from the stone when the prophet Moses (peace be upon him) hit it with his staff.
The outer knowledge of appearances is like rainwater, which comes and goes, while the inner knowledge is like a fountain whose source never dries up.
Hazrat Abdul Qadir Al Jilani (r.a)
In this section of the website, you’ll find excerpts from the:
Al-Qur’an: The Holy Quran translation is by Abdullah Yousuf Ali (r.a).
Ahâdîth an-Nabawî ( Hadith Shareef): The Blessed Hadith Shareef of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) the reports of the Prophet’s sayings and deeds are called Ahâdîth an-Nabawî. After the Sahâbah al-kirâm, Imâm al-Bukhârî (r.a) ranks as one of the most eminent of those pious people who have conferred endless bliss upon the Ummah of the Holy Prophet sallallâhu `alayhi wa sallam. The greatest evidence of this is the book of Ahâdîth an-Nabawî he compiled, frequently known as Sahîh al-Bukhârî. It is universally accredited as the most reliable book after the Holy Qur’ân. Imâm al-Bukhârî’s (r.a) His collection of hadith were compiled in sixteen years, and ended up with 2,602 hadith (9,082 with repetition).
The Secret of Secrets – by Hazrat Abdul Qadir Al Jilani (r.a) (May Allah sanctify his Secret) interpreted by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al Jerrahi al-Halveti
The Lives of Man – by Imam Abdallah Ibn Alawi Al-Haddad (r.a). English translation by Mostapha al-Badawi.
To Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth;
and Allah hath power over all things.
Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth,
and the alternation of night and day,
there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,
Men who celebrate the praises of Allah,
standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides,
and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (With the thought)
“Our Lord! not for naught Hast
Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee!
Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.
Al-Quran, Surah Âl ‘Imrân – The Family Of ‘Imran | 3: 189-191
We have already sent down to you verses making things clear an illustration from (the story of) people who passed away before you and an admonition for those who fear (Allah).
(34) Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp:
the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star:
Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west,
whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light!
Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men:
and Allah doth know all things.
(35) (Lit is such a light) in houses, which Allah hath permitted to be raised to honour;
for the celebration, in them of His name:
in them is He glorified in the mornings and in the evenings, (again and again)
(36) By men whom neither traffic nor merchandise can divert from the Remembrance of Allah nor from regular Prayer,
nor from the practice of regular Charity: their (only) fear is for the Day when hearts and eyes will be transformed (in a world wholly new)
(37) That Allah may reward them according to the best of their deeds,
and add even more for them out of His Grace:
for Allah doth provide for those whom He will, without measure.
(38) But the Unbelievers, their deeds are like a mirage in sandy deserts,
which the man parched with thirst mistakes for water;
until when he comes up to it he finds it to be nothing:
but he finds Allah (ever) with him and Allah will pay him his account:
and Allah is swift in taking account.
(39) Or (the Unbelievers’ state) is like the depths of darkness in a vast deep ocean overwhelmed with billow topped by billow, topped by (dark) clouds:
depths of darkness one above another: if a man stretches out his hand, he can hardly see it!
For any to whom Allah giveth not light there is no light!
(40) Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate,
and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread?
Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise.
And Allah knows well all that they do.
(41) Yea, to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth;
and to Allah is the final goal (of all).
(42) Seest thou not that Allah makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a heap?―
then wilt thou see rain issue forth from their midst.
And He sends down from the sky mountain masses (of clouds) wherein is hail:
He strikes therewith whom He pleases and He turns it away fro whom He pleases.
The vivid flash of its lightning well-nigh blinds the sight.
(43) It is Allah Who alternates the Night and the Day:
verily in these things is an instructive example for those who have vision!
(44) And Allah has created every animal from water:
of them there are some that creep on their bellies;
some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four.
Allah creates what He wills: for verily Allah has power over all things.
(45) We have indeed sent down Signs that make things manifest:
and Allah guides whom He wills to a way that is straight. (46)
Al-Qur’an, Surah An-Nur | 24: 34-46
First Life :: Life Before Conception :
Life before Conception … Forgotten spiritual times spent in the company of the beloved. The Holy Quran also tells us that all the souls of mankind were created before the creation of Adam and were asked to testify to the Lordship of Allah. When your Lord drew forth from the loins of the children of Adam their descendants, and made them testify concerning them selves:
‘Am I not your Lord?’. They said, ‘Yes, we do testify.’ This lest you should say on the Day of Judgment: ‘We were not aware of this.’
The Holy Quran, Surah Al A ’raaf v.172
Second Life :: The Earth Dunya : Earth the Lower World spheres ~ Flesh bound body that grows to love the perishable abode.
In the Womb :: Childhood :: Youth :: Maturity :: Seniority
Narrated ‘Ubada bin As-Samit:
The Prophet (s.a.w.s) said, “Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah (too) loves to meet him and who-ever hates to meet Allah, Allah (too) hates to meet him”. `Aisha, or some of the wives of the Prophet (s.a.w.s) said, “But we dislike death.” He said: It is not like this, but it is meant that when the time of the death of a believer approaches, he receives the good news of Allah’s pleasure with him and His blessings upon him, and so at that time nothing is dearer to him than what is in front of him. He therefore loves the meeting with Allah, and Allah (too) loves the meeting with him. But when the time of the death of a disbeliever approaches, he receives the evil news of Allah’s torment and His Requital, whereupon nothing is more hateful to him than what is before him. Therefore, he hates the meeting with Allah, and Allah too, hates the meeting with him.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 6507
Book 81, Hadith 96
Vol. 8, Book 76, Hadith 514
THE heavens and the stars
At the appointed time will disappear.
A wave will strike the earth,
And lo! it vanishes.
Only the Truth will remain Unchangeable.
And you at that moment,
Passing from this dream-life,
With self discarded,
Will be one with the Beloved.
Oh! Master, ponder on your coming and your going,
And the thousand existences that lie before you!
The Secret Rose Garden
Hazrat Sa’d Ud Din Mahmud Shabistari r.a
Translation by Florence Lederer
Oh this eternal death ! this arena,
Life ! Shall the storm-filled universe never Quieten ?
Reason, fawning on idols, Finds no deliverance :
wisdom and folly bow before stocks and stones.
How has man, once made in God’s image, fallen so low ?
Must such a world on heart and on spirit hang its load still,
or why does no daybreak
Come to dispel mankind’s heavy night ?
Muhammad Allama Iqbal (1873-1938) “Poet of the East”
Kabhi aye Haqeeqat-e-muntazar, nazar aa libas-e-majaz mein
ke hazar sajde tarap rahe hain meri jabeen-e-niaz mein
For once, O awaited Reality, reveal Yourself in a form material,
For a thousand prostrations are quivering eagerly in my submissive brow
Tu bacha bacha ke na rakh Issey, tera aaeena hai voh aaeena
ke shikast ho to aziz tar hai nigah-e-aaeena saaz mein
Do not try to protect them, your mirror is the mirror
Which would be dearer in the Maker’s eye if they broken are
Na kaheen jahan mein amaan milli, jo amaan milli to kahan milli
mere jurm-e-khana kharab ko, tere afw-e-banda nawaz mein
My dark misdeeds found no refuge in the wide world—
The only refuge they found was in Your Gracious Forgiveness
Na voh ishq mein raheen garmiyaan, na voh husn mein raheen shaukiyan
na voh ghaznavi mein tarrap rahi, na kham hai zulf-e-zyaz mein
Neither love has that warmth, nor beauty has that humour
Neither that restlessness in Ghaznavi nor those curls in the hair locks of Ayaz are,
Jo mein sar basajda huwa kabhi, to zameen se aane lagi sada
tera dil to hai sanam aashna, tujhe kya miley ga namaz mein
Even as I laid down my head in prostration a cry arose from the ground:
Your heart is in materialism, no rewards for your prayers are.
Muhammad Allama Iqbal (1873-1938) “Poet of the East”
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Amidst the Sea
Another accretion to the vast reminders of thee
A clam wraps me despite the restless sea
I am transfixed to the infinity I view ahead
The futile human in me trying to focus beyond
The silent veil of secrecy does me good
One could lose their mind in the eternity that’s YOU
Dear sweet Lord these blessed eyes can never thank you enough
They can only wish for more … Amidst the sea.
Third Life :: Eternity Begins: “ Barzakh” :: the Intermediate Realm is the dwelling which lies between the world and the life-to-come.
Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W.S) said, “When anyone of you dies, he will be shown his destination both in the morning and in the evening, and if he belongs to the people of Paradise, he will be shown his place in Paradise, and if he is from the people of Hell, he will be shown his place in Hell.”
Hadith Shareef Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 463 Narrated Abdullah bin ‘Umar
Barzakh: The realm from death to Resurrection
The soul of the pious is raised up to the heavens Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that when the soul of a believer would go out (of his body), it would be received by two angels who would take it to the sky. Hammad (one of the narrators in the chain of transmitters of this saying) mentioned the sweetness of its odour (and further said) that the dwellers of the sky say: Here comes the pious soul from the side of the earth. Let there be blessings of Allah upon the body in which it resides. And it is carried (by the angels) to its Lord, the Exalted and Glorious. He would say: Take it to its destined end.
And if he is a non-believer and as it (the soul) leaves the body – Hammad made a mention of its foul smell and of its being cursed – the dwellers of the sky say: There comes a dirty soul from the side of the earth, and it would be said: Take it to its destined end. Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) put a thin cloth which was with him on his nose while making a mention (of the foul smell) of the soul of a non-believer. (Muslim)
The questioning in the grave Narrated Hadrat Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: When the faithful believer is made to sit in his grave (by the angels), then (the angels) come to him and he testifies that none is to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Prophetic Messenger. And that corresponds to Allah’s statement (in the Qur’an):
Allah keeps firm those who believe in the Word that stands firm. (14:27) (Bukhari)
The grave is Paradise for the pious Hadrat Abu Sa‘id (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: The grave is a Garden out of the gardens of Paradise or a ditch out of the ditches of Hell-fire. (Tirmidhi)
Souls of believers are in birds Hadrat Abd al-Rahman bin Ka‘b (may Allah be pleased with him) reported from his father that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: the soul of a believer is in a bird and hangs in a tree in Paradise till Allah will return it to his body on the Day He will raise him up. (Malik, an-Nasai, Bayhaqi)
The Prophets are preserved in their graves Hadrat Aws bin Aws ath-Thaqafi (may Allah be pleased with him) related that the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: Allah (The Glorified and The Exalted) has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets. (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasai, Ibn Majah)
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: The Prophets are alive in their graves, praying to their Lord. (al-Bazzar, Abu Ya‘la)
Hadrat AbdAllah ibn Mas‘ud (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: Verily, Allah has angels that roam the earth and convey to me the greetings of my community. (an-Nasai, Ibn Hibban)
Forth life :: Equilibrium :: At the blowing of the horn man rises from the grave. The forth life extends from the time when a person leaves his grave for the Resurrection and the Gathering, until the moment when mankind enter the Garden or the Fire.
Judgment Day :: The Balance and the Bridge (As-Sirat) ::
The Hawd (lake) Kawthar (river) :: The Intercession ::
Abu Huraira said, “Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W.S) said, ‘Between the two sounds of the trumpet, there will be forty.” Somebody asked Abu Huraira, “Forty days?” But he refused to reply. Then he asked, “Forty months?” He refused to reply. Then he asked, “Forty years?” Again, he refused to reply. Abu Huraira added. “Then (after this period) Allah will send water from the sky and then the dead bodies will grow like vegetation grows, There is nothing of the human body that does not decay except one bone; that is the little bone at the end of the coccyx of which the human body will be recreated on the Day of Resurrection.”
Hadith Shareef Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 457 Narrated Al–Amash
As-Sirat: The Sirat is stretched over Hell. It is the bridge between Paradise and Hell. People cross it in accordance with their deeds. Some cross as quickly as the eye winks; Some cross as if a flash of lightening; Some cross as if wind; Some cross as a noble horse would; Some cross as a camel rider might; Some cross it running, some walking; Some cross it crawling; And some are snatched and thrown into Hell. The bridge has hooks to snatch the people according to their deeds. Whoever passes over it enters Paradise. If they cross the Sirat, they will be halted over a bridge between Paradise and Hell to settle accounts between themselves; If they are cleared and purified, they are permitted to enter Paradise.
Al-Hawd: The Prophet’s Pool In the Court of Judgment is the Prophet’s Pool (Hawd) with its water whiter than milk and sweeter than honey, its drinking vessels as numerous as the stars, and its length a (travel for) a month and its width a (travel for) a month. Whoever drinks from it will never thirst.
Sayings of Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)
The Day of Judgement
The signs of the Day of Judgement
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) as saying: The Last Hour (the Day of Judgement) will not come till the remembrance of “Allah, Allah”, is not uttered in this world. (Muslim)
Hadrat Hudhayfa bin Asid al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) came to us all of a sudden (one day) while we were busy in a discussion. He asked: What are you discussing about? They (the Companions) said: We are discussing about the Last Hour. Thereupon, he said: It will not come until you see ten signs beforehand and (in this connection) he mentioned the Smoke (ad-Dukhan); the Beast; Dajjal (Anti-Christ); the rising of the sun from the west; the descent of Nabi ‘Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary, peace be upon them); (the appearance of) Ya’juj and Ma’juj (God and Magog); and land-slides in three places, one in the east, one in the west, and one in the Arabian Peninsula; at the end of which fire would burn forth from the Yemen and would drive people to their place of assembly. (Muslim)
Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: How will you be when the son of Maryam (that is, Jesus son of Mary, peace be upon them), descends amongst you, and he will judge people by the law of the Qur’an and not by the law of the Injil (Gospel). (Bukhari)
Vivid Qur’anic description of the Day of Judgement
Hadrat AbdAllah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: If anyone would like to look at the Day of Resurrection as though it were before his eyes he should recite: “When the sun is folded up”,* “When the sky is split open,** and “When the sky bursts open.”*** (Ahmad and Tirmidhi) *(Qur’an, Surah 81) **(Qur’an, Surah 82) ***(Qur’an, Surah 84)
The blowing of the trumpet
Hadrat Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) as saying: “How can I be at ease when the one who blows the trumpet (that is, Israfil, peace be upon him) has put it to his mouth, inclined his ear and bent his forehead waiting to see when he will be ordered to blow it.” Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was asked what command he had to give them and he told them to say, “Allah is sufficient for us and what an Excellent Guardian He is.” (Qur’an, 3:173) (Tirmidhi)
The dead will be brought to life
Hazrat Abu Razin al ‘Uqayli (may Allah be pleased with him) said that he asked Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) how Allah (The Glorified and The Exalted) would restore all things and what indication there was of that in His creation. He replied, “Have you not come by the farm of your people when it was barren, then come by it when it was shaking with greenery?” When he replied that he had, he said, “That is Allah’s sign in His creation and thus will Allah (The Glorified and The Exalted) bring the dead to life.” (Razin)
The sun will be brought near
Hadrat Al-Miqdad (may Allah be pleased with him) said that he heard Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) say: On the Day of Resurrection, the sun will be brought near the created beings till it is about a mile from them, and mankind will sweat according to what they had done, the sweat reaching the ankles of some, the knees of others, the waists of others, while some will have their mouths covered by the sweat and Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) pointed his hand at his mouth. (Muslim)
The balance sheet of deeds
Related Sayyidatina Aisha Siddiqa (may Allah be pleased with her): “I heard the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) making the supplication in some of his Prayers (Salah): O Allah! Judge me leniently on the Day of Judgement. Thereupon, I asked him. ‘O RasulAllah! What is meant by lenient reckoning?’ RasulAllah (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) replied: “It means that the bondsman’s Book of Deeds is seen and passed over (that is, he is not questioned about it). The truth is, O ‘Aisha, that he will be lost whose Balance Sheet of Deeds is examined on the Day of Judgement.” (Ahmad)
Justice will be done
Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) once asked his Companions: “Do you know who is a pauper?” The Companions replied that a pauper is a person who had no money or property. The Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) elucidating the point said: “A pauper from among my followers (Ummah) is one who will come on the Day of Judgement with a record of Salah (Prayers) and Sawm (fasting) and Zakat (payment of poor due) but also he had abused somebody, slandered someone, usurped the goods of another person, had killed someone or beaten yet another person. Then all the oppressed persons will receive a part of the aggressor’s good deeds. Should his good deeds fall short (of his aggression), then the aggrieved person’s sins and faults will be transferred from them to him, and he will be thrown into the Fire (of Hell). (Muslim)
Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: Truly, everyone will get his rights on the Day of Judgement, even the wrong done to a hornless goat by a horned goat will be redressed. (Muslim)
Allah will cover up shortcomings
Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: One who covers up the shortcomings of somebody in this world will have his shortcomings covered up by Allah on the Day of Judgement. (Muslim)
The Bridge, the Scales and the Pond
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that he asked Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) if he would intercede on his behalf on the Day of Judgement. “I will”, the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) replied. “So, where should I look for you on the Day of Judgement?” enquired Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him). “When you need me, first of all look for me at Sirat (The Bridge)”, said the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). “And if I do not find you there?” asked Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him). “Look for me, then, at the Mizan (the Scales),” replied the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). “Where may I seek you”, asked Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), “if you are not near the Mizan as well?” “Then look for me at the Hawd (the Pond). I will not go away from these three places at that time,” the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) replied. (Tirmidhi)
Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) will intercede
Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: I shall be pre-eminent amongst the descendants of Adam on the Day of Resurrection and I will be the first intercessor and the first whose intercession will be accepted (by Allah). (Muslim)
People from his Ummah will intercede
Hadrat Abu Sa’id (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: Some of my people will intercede for a large number, some for a tribe, some for a group, and some for a single man, till they enter Paradise. (Tirmidhi)
Allah will shower His Mercy
Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: Allah has a hundred mercies, one of which He has sent down to be divided between humans, the jinn, birds, cattle, and insects, by which they have compassion and mercy towards each other. And He has saved ninety-nine mercies with which He will be merciful to His slaves on the Day of Judgement. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Fifth Life :: Eternal Realm the Final Abode :: The Fire and the Garden ::.
The Prophet (S.A.W.S) said, “There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) if a rider travels in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it.”
Hadith Shareef Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 474 Narrated Anas bin Malik
O God ! If I adore You out of fear of Hell, burn me in Hell! If I adore You out of desire for Paradise, Lock me out of Paradise. But if I adore You for Yourself alone, Do not deny to me Your eternal beauty.
Hazrat Rabi´a al-Adawiyya (r.a)
The one who explains, lies. How can you describe the true form of Something In whose presence you are blotted out? And in whose being you still exist?
Hazrat Rabi´a al-Adawiyya (r.a)
Gone to the Unseen
At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.
What marvelous route did you take from this world?
Beating your wings and feathers,
you broke free from this cage.
Rising up to the sky
you attained the world of the soul.
You were a prized falcon trapped by an Old Woman.
Then you heard the drummer’s call
and flew beyond space and time.
As a lovesick nightingale, you flew among the owls.
Then came the scent of the rosegarden
and you flew off to meet the Rose.
The wine of this fleeting world
caused your head to ache.
Finally you joined the tavern of Eternity.
Like an arrow, you sped from the bow
and went straight for the bull’s eye of bliss.
This phantom world gave you false signs
But you turned from the illusion
and journeyed to the land of truth.
You are now the Sun -
what need have you for a crown?
You have vanished from this world -
what need have you to tie your robe?
I’ve heard that you can barely see your soul.
But why look at all? -
yours is now the Soul of Souls!
O heart, what a wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed spears of your enemy.
The flowers flee from Autumn, but not you -
You are the fearless rose
that grows amidst the freezing wind.
Pouring down like the rain of heaven
you fell upon the rooftop of this world.
Then you ran in every direction
and escaped through the drain spout . . .
Now the words are over and the pain they bring is gone.
Now you have gone to rest in the arms of the Beloved.
“Rumi – In the Arms of the Beloved” Jonathan Star – New York 1997