Can the Lover resist a reply when asked in the name of the Beloved— contents Mujeeb Jaihoon as he bargains by one Beautiful name after another

Ya Samee’!
Do YOU not hear the sound
Of the tears dropping on the ground?

Ya Baseer!
Do YOU not see the scene
Of my cheeks swollen with pain?

Ya Mujeeb ad-Dawaat!
Did YOU not in the Quran utter
‘Call Me, and YOU I shall answer?

Ya Jameel!
What are those beautiful names
Whereby my call answerable seems?

Ya Qareeb!
YOU are closer than my own vein
Why then do I feel my call is in vain?

Ya Jabbar!
Did I not fill the hearts of YOUR servants
With YOUR Love full of confidence?

Ya Razzaq!
Many have drank from Jaihoon’s stream
But now for a drop does he silently scream

Ya Raoof!
I have played every note on my wailful flute
Hoping soon shall come a heavenly salute

Believe me, Ya Allaamal Ghuyoob!
In thoughts and words—
known and unknown
Have I not called YOU
With every beautiful noun?

And now,
And now I call YOU
With so sweet a name
On earth nor heavens
Is a title of its same-

Ya Rabba Muhammad
sallallahu alaihi wa sallam!
Ya Rabba Muhammad
sallallahu alaihi wa sallam!
Ya Rabba Muhammad
sallallahu alaihi wa sallam!

Alas! This crazy apostate wonders
If the Lover can a reply resist
When on the Beloved’s name
is made a polite request?

‘O my Merciful Him!’
Would YOU still from me withhold
The Tasbih whom YOUR Love-bound?




March 14-15, 2003.