– Jaihoon

One afternoon while in a state of sujud
I asked my Merciful God,
‘Why the world hereafter have You made?
Is this clay-world not suffice for Your Justice?
Would not You Glory manifest at this place?’

I closed my eyes as I felt the reply
I smiled as I learnt the secrets of Love

This love brings sense to man of craze
And captures the sense of those wise!

It cures those sickened like ‘Al-Busiri’
And makes heart-sick like ‘Lahori’

I am not of those deserving to elaborate it
A dark soul I am, no better than a hypocrite

Yet love is what makes me before Him bow
And Mustafa is the center of Cosmos of Love
sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

Love breaks the knots of Logic and Reason
And ties another hundred knots on the heart

O Tasbih! I almost forgot about the reply
This is how love makes your senses fly

Came the reply,

“This world is too narrow and small
For the Beloved’s greatness to call

That ‘Wrapped One’ is the leader for all times
‘BC’ and ‘AD’ cannot contain his greatness

There should come a single day and place
When every man born shall see his radiant face
He will march with humanity behind him
That day Creation shall be led by My Beloved Mim

And when he shall reach a point carrying ‘Al-Hamd’
A question shall be asked ‘Who is that’
The reply will come,
“I am Muhammad”
sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

March 05 2005. Inspired after Juma’ prayer.

Notes

The hereafter life is one that of Accountability and Reward-Punishment. However, it is also a place where certain truths reveal which are otherwise hidden in this world.

Although not fully capable, the poet struggles with his little weak self to explain the secret of the greatness of the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa slalam. He believes that it is only that love which makes him bow before Almighty in submission, for, had the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam not delievered the message of Allah, the world would be sunk in darkness.

Al Busiri : The famous Arab poet whose eulogy for the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam written centuries ago is still recited in Muslim homes. Busiri was reported to have his sickness cured after he started to compose it.

Lahori: Referring to Allama Iqbal, the Poet-Philosopher of Indian subcontinent, whose love for the Prophet abounded so much that he would weep on hearing the word Madina (the city of Prophet)

‘Wrapped One’: A Quranic reference to Prophet

BC and AD : The terms used by historians to refer pre-Christ and post-Christ times.

Al-Hamd: liwa-ul-Hamd or the Flag of Praise