POETRY:  Ramadan Reflection

Hajj Mustafa Ali al-Haydari

Posted Nov 29, 2002      •Permalink      • Printer-Friendly Version
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Behind all, is a constant One
His radiance pales the shinning sun

But we do not see Him through our veils
Our lower self’s winds fill our sails

We spend our days chasing the shadow show
From hence life came we do not know

But soon death will knock at our door
And we will have to look some more

At where we have come and where are we going
And what our actions in this life are sowing

Is what we are doing leading to know Him?
Or are we following every passing whim?

To witness His names and attain true being
Requires awareness, the true art of seeing

It takes remembrance of the reality
For knowledge, light and solemnity

To lift the veils of the shadow show
To see things as they are and come to know

So take the mantle of doing without
And restrict the self and have no doubt

That from denial comes relief
To see the truth behind every leaf

For hidden within us is the universe
The Qur`an unveils it verse after verse

So rejoice it is Ramadan take to the fast!
For this month of barakat will not last

Soon the month of fasting will fly away
And all the habits that we have kept at bay
Will come forward to have their appetites display
Without restriction of the Ramadan day

But for all those of subtle light
Those whom have attained inner delight

Will make their fast last all the year
Making their lives so precious and dear

For they are the true ones that have found the treasure
That all life comes in a clear balance and measure

So seek His knowledge and turn away from the plight
To rejoice in the splendor of His eternal Light.