Poetry (Murshid-i Kamil)


In appearance, he seems to need being served;
Innerly, though, he pays himmat (resolution, determination ) to those who deserved.

It will sure be misleading to judge by appearance;
Receiving the himmat requires seeing the essence.

Haqq ta'ala has His beloved ones concealed;
Their inner with appearance He covered.

Their appearance is the Shari'at's [1] mirror;
Haqq's Attentions will be reflected in their inner.

The lover will get from afflictions such pleasure,
As will not be in anything, be itself pleasure.

People unaware will not believe this; yet,
In Qur'an Haqq ta'ala says so by ayat [2] .

If a person attends a Wali's [3] luminous sohbat,
His heart will open, nurs will his inner illuminate.

Desires of the nafs [4] will no more titilate him;
Secrets of this way will at once open before him.

Adhere to the Shari'at, then search for a Murshid!
Cannot find one? Then love is enough if you are candid!

Those who have attained these two blessings,
Will receive fayz from the heart of Murshid's [5] .

Haloes gushing out from the Messenger's heart,
Will flow into them due to loving regard.

Abd-ul-hakim Arwasi was a Wali;
His words and manners was its testimony.

From Sayyid Fahim he took over caliphate;
In his every behaviour was seen karamat [6] .

Do not think that the Murshid is hard to recognize!
His behaviour will always be Shari'at-wise!

If a person is without the Shari'at in deeds and statements,
Quick, run away from him, whatever stories he invents!

Shari'at prescribes how deeds are to be done;
Shari'at and Iman (belief) make up Islam; the rest, none.

Iman means to believe, Shari'at means practices;
Being Muslim requires these two performances.

Believers have parted into groups, seventy-three;
Ahl as-sunna [7] is the single right group, blame-free!

[1] Shari'at: (pl. of Shari'a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.
[2] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[3] wali: (pl. Awliya') one who is loved and protected by Allahu ta'ala; a salih who has also corrected his nafs.
[4] nafs: a force in man which wants him to harm himself religiously; an-nafs al-ammara. A negative force within man prompting him to do evil. (Nafs-i ammara). Nafs is ammara by creation, that is, it always wishes evil and harmful deeds to be done. It is reluctant to obey the Shari'at. The nafs of a man who obeys the Shari'at and makes progress in the way of tasawwuf becomes mutmainna. It wishes to obey the Shari'at.
[5] murshid: guide, director.
[6] karamat: pl. of karama.
[7] Ahl as-Sunna (wa'l-Jama'a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali.