a Sufi’s take on Faith

To write about “in good faith” is a challenge, which this poem by a Sufi poet – Bulleh Shah- from Pakistan, translates for me beautifully:

Thatta Mosque, Pakistan

Thatta Mosque, Pakistan

Parh parh ilm te faazil hoya
Te kaday apnay aap nu parhya ee na

You read to become all knowledgeable
But you never read yourself

Bhaj bhaj warna ay mandir maseeti
Te kaday mann apnay wich warya ee na

You run to enter temples and mosques
But you never entered your own heart

Larna ay roz shaitaan de naal
Te kadi nafs apnay naal larya ee na

Everyday you fight Satan
But you never fight your own Ego

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Bulleh Shah asmaani ud-deya pharonda ay
Te jera ghar betha unoon pharya ee na

Bulleh Shah you try grabbing that which is in the sky
But you never get hold of What sits inside you

Bas kareen o yaar

Stop it all my friend

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar
Ik Alif teray darkaar

Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend
Only an Alif (=God in one) is what you need

Bas kareen o yaar

Stop it all my friend

Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan

God is the Master, God is All

Tasbih

Tasbih

Nee main jaanaa Jogi de naal

I shall follow the Yogi {ascetic/sufi}

Jo naa jaane, Haqq ki taaqat
Rabb naa devey us ko Himmat

Those who deny the Strength of Truth
Lord does not give them courage

Hum Mann ke darya mein doobey
Kaisi nayya? Kya manjhdhaar?

We have drowned in the river of Self
the boat and the flowing waters do not matter

Bas kareen o yaar

Stop it all my friend

Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar

Stop seeking all this knowledge my friend

Allah Sayyaan Allah Sayyaan

God is the Master, God is All

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

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