“What I like not is parting
From the loved ones,
But what to do,
Nothing in this world is forever.”

O friend! You have indeed
Spoken words sounding wise
They clearly testify to the splendor
Of your Him-fearing eyes

The pain of separation to bear is really hard
Even the best of joy keeps us in a state sad

Ah! Imagine the pain of the Lord’s Beloved
When from him Lady al-Kubra suddenly parted

Ah! Imagine the pain of shade-like as-Siddiq
Where else but with al Mustafa could he company seek?

Ah! Imagine the pain of the old and blind Yaqub
Yousuf’s separation forced his eyesight to tears succumb

Ah! Imagine the pain of Musa’s frightened mother
As she floated her child in a basket across the river

Ah! Imagine the pain of love-filled sage of Rum
The setting of ‘Shams’ filled his life with gloom

Ah! Now imagine the pain…
Of this very Jaihoon!
Where would he for any hope run
When this world’s evil he wants to shun?

The pain of separation to bear is really hard
Even the best of joy keeps us in a state sad

Therefore pay real heed to what Prophet did say
So that from such a painful state you may far stay

“Endear whomever you wish to love
But a day will come when you shall leave!”

Thus all those who in joy meet
Shall one day in cry separate!

O friend. I leave you with a clear message
That you may remember at a later stage

“Kindly pray for your silly comrade
When in the Qabr he begins to reside!”

Malayalam version


Lady al Kubra: Khadija al Kubra, the blessed wife of Holy Prophet- the first believer. She supported and defended him from the enemies.

shade-like as-Siddiq: Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, the friend and associate of Holy Prophet long before Revelation. He was the only companion who accompanied him during the Hijra, the migration of Holy Prophet from Mecca to Madina. There are many traditions referring to the greatness of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.

…eyesight to tears succumb: Prophet Yaqub (Jacob) a.s. lost his eyesight as a result of weeping for his separated son Yousuf.

… setting of ‘Shams’: Shams Tabrez (Shams= sun) was the spiritual master of Rumi, the author of Mathnavi.

Written on Monday, March 10, 2003. After Isha prayer