– Jaihoon

“Life means a passionate burning, an urge to make,
To cast in the dead clay the seed of heart.”

O friends who carry the stones
Striking each other to create sparks

Would you throw them to the mire
If after a try or two they make no fire?

Would you not hit them again and again
Until the moment you see the flame plain?

O friends who are in distraction lost
In your remembrance of Lord of Alast

O those who are in confusion embarrassed
When before Him your forehead is placed

O those who in forgetfulness ruined
When His nearness have you gained

O those who fall asleep
When to Him you want to leap

Dishearten not!
Tighten the knot (of hope)!

One day the devil will lose his game
All his tricks shall one day be lame

Give up not your habit of repeated trial
One day shall you fall in His lovers’ file

Every ignorant hypocrite has days of faith
Didn’t these lines fall in Jaihoon’s fate?

Therefore,
Keep to your self the stones of spirit
For, they shall one day Sinai-like fire emit

And if you strike them like al Musthafa-
That Sweet Beloved of Lord-
(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)

Greater will be the fire from Mount of Nur
For, old-fashioned is the talk of Mount of Tur

03 August 2005

Notes

This poem describes the difficulties faced by those who are attempting for the nearness of God. Their human weakness like distraction and confusion dissuade them often in their mission to reach their goal. The poet is adjuring them not to give up hope and keep trying, just as one would not throw away the stones after striking them once or twice and fail to create fire.

Life means a passionate… : A couplet by Allama Iqbal
Alast : Alastu rabbikum, the occasion referred to in Qur’an when Allah asked the humanity “Am I not your Lord” and they all replied “Yes”.
Greater will be the fire : The coming of Holy Prophet invalidates the earlier laws of other Prophets.
Mount of Nur: where the Holy Prophet was revealed the Holy Quran
Mount of Tur : where Moses (as) conversed with the Lord.