For the Lights of religion's Light are Lights in men,
For the Secret, Secrets in secret depths of souls,
And for Being, in Beings, is a Being that saith 'Be'.
Reserved for it my heart is, guided, and chosen.
O ponder what I say with the Intellect's eye.
Keen is the Intellect of hearing and insight.
(Al Hallaj; trans. Martin Lings)
لأَنوار نور الدين في الخلق أنوارُ و للسرّ في سرّ المسرّين أسرار
وللكون في الأكوان كون مُكَـوّن يكنُّ له قلبي و يهدي و يختـار
تأمّلْ بعين العقل ما أنا واصـف فللعقل ِأسماع وُعَاة و أبصـار
'Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology'
By Martin Lings (Author)
Sufi Poems is a selection of poems from the golden period of Sufism especially chosen and translated from the Arabic by the distinguished scholar Dr Martin Lings. Dr Lings is the author of numerous best-selling works on Sufism and is a published poet in his own right. Inlcuding poems here translated for the first time, Sufi Poems brings together selections from the giants of Sufism; for example, Rabia, Hallaj, Ibn al-Farid and Ibn Arabi. Sufi Poems is published as bi-lingual Arabic-English edition which will be of interest to all those wishing to read the original Arabic and will also be helpful for university students of Arabic.