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POETRY (MURSHID-I KAMIL) In appearance, he seems to need being served; Innerly, though, he pays himmat (resolution, determination ) to those

who deserv ed. It will sure be misleading to judge by appearance; Receiving the himmat requires seeing the essence. Haqq ta’ala has His beloved ones concealed; Their inner with appearance He covered. Their appearance is the Shari’at’s [1] mirror; Haqq’s Attentions will be reflected in their inner. The lover will get from afflictions such pleasure, As will not be in anything, be itself pleasure. People unaware will not believe this; yet, In Qur’an Haqq ta’ala says so by ayat [2] . If a person attends a Wali’s [3] luminous sohbat, His heart will open, nurs will his inner illuminate. Desires of the nafs [4] will no more titilate him; Secrets of this way will at once open before him. Adhere to the Shari’at, then search for a Murshid! Cannot find one? Then love is enough if you are candid! Those who have attained these two blessings, Will receive fayz from the heart of Murshid’s [5] . Haloes gushing out from the Messenger’s heart, Will flow into them due to loving regard. Abd-ul-hakim Arwasi was a Wali; His words and manners was its testimony. From Sayyid Fahim he took over caliphate; In his every behaviour was seen karamat [6] . Do not think that the Murshid is hard to recognize! His behaviour will always be Shari’at-wise! If a person is without the Shari’at in deeds and statements, Quick, run away from him, whatever stories he invents! Shari’at prescribes how deeds are to be done; Shari’at and Iman (belief) make up Islam; the rest, none. Iman means to believe, Shari’at means practices; Being Muslim requires these two performances. Believers have parted into groups, seventy-three; Ahl as-sunna [7] is the single right group, blame-free! GLOSSARY [1] Shari’at: (pl. of Shari’a) i) rules and commandments as a whole of the religion. ii) religion.

[2] ayat: A verse of al-Qur’an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima. [3] wali: (pl. Awliya’) one who is loved and protected by Allahu ta’ala; a salih who has also corrected his nafs. [4] nafs: a force in man which wants him to harm himself religiously; an-nafs al -ammara. A negative force within man prompting him to do evil. (Nafs-i ammara). Nafs is ammara by creation, that is, it always wishes evil and harmful deeds to be done. It is reluctant to obey the Shari’at. The nafs of a man who obeys the Sha ri’at and makes progress in the way of tasawwuf becomes mutmainna. It wishes to ob ey the Shari’at. [5] murshid: guide, director. [6] karamat: pl. of karama. [7] Ahl as-Sunna (wa’l-Jama’a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kira m. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the f our Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali.

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