The joy of being pardoned is limitless, writes Mujeeb Jaihoon

Oh! This hypocrite is forgiven
By the one
To whom pain he’d given

For a sinner of his stature
A great relief this is for sure!

Long had be been waiting –
why this miracle was be-lating

At morn and night
He’s used to reciting-

‘Ya Badee’al Ajaaib!
Bil Khairi ya Badee’ ‘

In YOUR sight
Nothing is ghaaib
About sounds loud and quiet
YOU are As-Samee’

Now…

His hands may Allah restrain!
His heart may Allah NOT constrain!
May his ambitions never drain!
Nor any harm upon him strain!

Now…

That from the One on earth
He’s been forgiven,
He can now dare to raise
His hands towards the Heaven
and beg HIM to be forgiven!

But…

Like that ‘Seeker of Babylon’
He is in want of a moon
Very very soon…
To reflect upon HIS Signs
and for his heart to cleanse

When asked Khalil
For the life and death to reveal
He was certainly not in doubt
About His Glory and Might

Rather…

That ‘Friend of Lord’
Only wanted to strengthen his faith
On the Lord who made life and death.

Oh! This hypocrite is forgiven
From the one to whom pain he’d given
For a sinner of his stature
A great relief this is for sure

Still…

He is keeping his heart alive,
As a bee remaining busy in the hive.

This and that,
Like a starving rat
Feeding on worldly things
He is trying to survive

The food of his soul is gone
He is damned back to the worldly zone
Expelled from that Fearful Town
His heart has hardened to a stone.

Day and night he is in constant moan
Ah! This dog has lost his only bone.

O Reader!

Weep not for this poet
Nor for his blood-like plight
For, against the old world (of imitation)
He is up in rebellious riot!

Forget this poem
For your heart it will give
Nothing but unbearable mayhem

This is no lullaby
That is full of melody.

How very funny- (that)
From the one accused of felony
You are expecting harmony?

Forget these lines
It doesn’t matter
If in you heart
Nothing ever remains.

Oh! This hypocrite is forgiven
From the one to whom pain he’d given
For a sinner of his stature
A great relief this is for sure

O Reader!

Although a sinner in despise,
Take it from me
This handsome advice
For it you pay no price

Those words of Umar-
The poet-like Qazi
from the heart of Malabar

“The love and praise of Our Sire
is great indeed (in Allah’s eyes)
That HE may fulfill your desire
For which you are in need”

O Reader!

Although a sinner in despise
Take it from me
This handsome advice
For it you pay no price-

Remember that Green Dome of Madina!
Ah! Of that Adorable Son of Amina!

When my greetings
Are sent on Madina
My whole life becomes
A beautiful Tasbih in Qarina

All this and more…
Among HIS wonders
Of the Originator of Wonders
Praised be HIS MERCY!
Praised be HIS GLORY!

Oh! This hypocrite is forgiven
From the one to whom pain he’d given
For a sinner of his stature
A great relief this is for sure.

What can I say,
O my treasured friend!

With me is just a tiny heart.
To thank HIM and praise HIM,
I don’ know where to start!

On your lips I am hearing
Those words of Rabia,
That priceless gem of Basra,
Who never wore an earring.
To whom His Fear was most dear
When the mystics saw her as a seer.

“God be praised that He conferred His grace
On us that we could pass
The whole night in prayers.
As a mark of gratitude,
Let us pass the whole day in fasting.”

Oh! This hypocrite is forgiven
From the one to whom pain he’d given
For a sinner of his stature
A great relief this is for sure.

Dec 22 2001

Notes

Ya Badee’al Ajaaib! Bil Khairi ya Badee’ : “O Originator of wonder! With goodness me YOU shower!” (A special prayer regularly recited by Shah Waliyullah Dehlavi (one of the mentors influencing Jaihoon’s thought) since his childhood.

Ghaaib : hidden

As-Samee’ : All Hearing (One among the 99 names of Allah)

Seeker of Babylon : The reference is to Prophet Ibrahim (as), born in Babylonia

Khalil : Friend (of Allah). Title given to Prophet Ibrahim.

For the life and death to reveal : The Holy Quran gives detailed account of this incident.

Umar Qazi : The Sufi poet and judge who fought against the British colonial rule in India. Click for more

Son of Amina : The Holy Prophet

Tasbih : Rosary

Qarina : well-arranged setting

Rabia : The lady saint of Basra (Iraq). She had many scholars and saints as her students.