4 September 2006

From His Light

From His Light
the niche of my essence enlightened me;
by means of me,
my nights blazed morning bright.

I made me witness my being there
for I was he;
I witnessed him as me,
the light, my splendor.

By me the valley was made holy,
and I flung my robe of honor;
my "taking off of sandals"
on those summoned there.

I embraced my lights
and so was their guide;
how wondrous a soul
illuminating lights!

I set firm my many Sinais
and there prayed to myself;
I attained every goal,
As my being spoke with me.

My full moon never waned;
My sun, it never set,
And all the blazing stars,
Followed my lead.

[By Sufi, Umar Ibn al-Farid(1181-1235)]

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