“The essence of God is love and The Sufi Path is path of love. Love is to see what is good and beautiful in everything. It is to learn from everything, to see the gifts of God and the generosity of God in everything. It is to be thankful for all all God's bounties.This is the first step on the road to the love of God. This is just a seed of love. In time, the seed will grow and become a tree and bear fruit. Then, whoever tastes of that fruit will know what real love is. It will be differently for those who have tasted to tell of it to those who have not”.
Muzaffer Ashki al-Halveti al-Jerrahi (1916-1985)
And when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their backs, their descendants, and made them bear witness against their own souls: Am I not your Lord? They said: Yes! we bear witness. Lest you should say on the day of resurrection: Surely we were heedless of this”. Quran 7:172,Shakir
“I was a Hidden Treasure, and loved to be known intimately, so I created the Heavens and the Earth, so that they may come to intimately know me”.
“ Oh God! I bear witness that all Thy creatures are brothers”Hadith
“ Why this meaningless talk about the believer,
the kafir, the obedient, the sinner,
the rightly guided, the misdirected, the Muslim,
the pious, the infidel, the fire worshipper?
All are like beads in a rosary.” Abdul Quddus of Gangoh
“ Higher spiritual life is nothing but service of humanity, It is not (chanting) the rosary, (remaining on the) prayer carpet or (wearing) coarse garments.”Nizamuddin
To identy service of God with the service of man
but their vision is one.”
More controversial figures of Sufism.Great Poet-Saint.al-Hallaj means "wool carder," was born in the province of Fars, Persia,later moved to Iraq, where he took up Religious Studies& Sufi way.Orthodox religious authorities took offense to "Ana 'l-Haqq," "I am the Real," translated as "I am the Truth" or "I am God." He was condemned by a council of theologians&was executed for blasphemy and sorcery.
“Piousness and the path of loveare two different roads.Love is the fire that burns both beliefand non-belief.Those who practice Love have neitherreligion nor caste”Abu-Said Abil-Kheir (967 - 1049)
O God,You are the aim of the call of the sincere, You enlighten the souls of the friends, (and) You are the comfort of the hearts of the travellers--- because You are present in the very soul.
I call out, from emotion: "Where are you?"
You are the life of the soul, You are the rule (ayin) of speech, (and) You are Your own interpreter (tarjaman).
For the sake of Your obligation to Yourself, do not enter us into the shade of deception, (but) make us reach union (wisal) with You.'Abdullah al-Ansari (1006-1089)
Now will I draw aside the veil from Love, And in the temple of mine inmost soul Behold the Friend, Incomparable Love. He who would know the secret of both worlds Will find that the secret of them both is LoveAttar (1119 - 1230)
He'll know its body, tinier than an atom,The sound of its praise, its secret ecstasy --All this He knows by divine knowing.He has given the tiniest worm its food;He has opened to you the Way of the Holy Ones.Sanai1118-1152
Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage,one of the world's great spiritual teachers.Muhyiddin (the Revivifier of Religion) Shaykh al-Akbar (the Greatest Master),was born in 1165 AD in Andalusian Spain, the centre of an extraordinary flourishing and cross-fertilization of Jewish, Christian and Islamic thought, through which the major scientific and philosophical works of antiquity were transmitted to Northern Europe. Ibn 'Arabi's spiritual attainments were evident from an early age, and he was renowned for his great visionary capacity as well as being a superlative teacher. He travelled extensively in the Islamic world and died in Damascus in 1240 AD. (The Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society)
The movement which is the existence of the universe is the movement of love.Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi(1165-1240)
Born in Kamajan near Hamadan. a month before his birth, 'Iraqi's father had a dream vision in which Imam 'Ali handed him the child and said, "Take our 'Iraqi and raise him well, for he will be a world conqueror!"The young 'Iraqi eventually ended up in Multan Pakistan. Initiated in the Sufi way under Shaykh Baha'uddin, the head of the Suhrawardiyya ,'Iraqi lived in Multan for 25 years, composing poetry. As Shaykh Baha'uddin was dying, he named Fakhruddin 'Iraqi to be his successor
When it became known that 'Iraqi had been named head of the Suhrawardi Order,Local Sultan sought to have him arrested,fled to Mecca and Medina. Later moved to Konya. 'Iraqi often listened to Rumi teach and recite poetry, and attended Rumi's funeral.Became disciple of Sadruddin Qunawi, step-son of Ibn 'Arabi,was deeply devoted to the teachings of Ibn 'Arabi & was inspired to compose his own masterpiece“Lama'at” Divine Flashes.He is buried near Ibn 'Arabi's tomb.
La ilaha illa'l-'ishq
Sheikh Muslihu'd-Din, known as Saadi, was born and died in Shiraz, First twenty-five years he spent studying in various countries, going to university at Baghdad. next thirty years he travelled widely made pilgrimage to Mecca fourteen times. Finally, Sadi returned to Shiraz where he devoted himself to writing and to teaching.Was disciple of Shaykh Shahabud-Din Suhrawardi.
Books:Bustan (the Garden), composed entirely in verse
Gulistan (the Rose Garden), in both prose and verse.Sadi is probably the first Persian poet to have been translated into European languages. A German version of the Gulistan appeared in 1654.
Poem is used to grace the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York with this call for breaking all barriersSaadi(1207- 1291)
His infinite glory lays all praise waste.Look, He has graced you a robe of splendor>From childhood's first cries to old age!He made you pure in His own image; stay pure.It is horrible to die blackened by sin.Never let dust settle on your mirror's shining;Let it once grow dull and it will never polish.Saadi Shirazi (1215-1292)
Don't claim the credit all for yourself;It is fate that decides who wins and who losesAnd all success streams only from the grace of God.In this world you never stand by your own strength;It is the Invisible that sustains you every moment.Saadi
Help unfurl my heart into the Friend's Mind,Help, Old Man, to heal my wounded wings!"We are the companions of His BeautyWe are the guardiansOf Truth.Every man, plant and creature in Existence,Every woman, child, vein and noteIs a servant of our Beloved -A harbinger of joy,The harbinger ofLight.Hafiz of Shiraz (1230-91)
the hill that Moses climbed, the Temple,and Israfil's trumpet, we observed in the body. Torah, Psalms, Gospel, Quran- what these books have to say, we found in the body. Everybody says these words of Yunus are true. Truth is wherever you want it.We found it all within the body.Yunus Emre1240- 1320
What are "I" and "You"?Just latticesIn the niches of a lampThrough which the One Light radiates.
"I" and "You" are the veilBetween heaven and earth;
Lift this veil and you will see How all sects and religions are one.
Lift this veil and you will ask---When "I" and "You" do not existWhat is mosque?What is synagogue?What is fire temple?Sa'd al-din Mahmud Shabistari(1250 - 1320)
Sufi saint who is considered by many to be the first major poet of the Punjabi language. He was born in the Multan district of what is today Pakistan.Later, when the Sikh holy book the Adi Granth Sahib was compiled, many of Baba Sheikh Farid's poems and couplets were included, alongside the poetry of Kabir and Ravidas
FaridaKalle Mainde KaparreKalle Mainda VesGhunhi Bhariyan MainFiraaLok Kahain Darves
FaridMy Clothes Are BlackMy Outfit Is BlackI Am Full of SinAnd Yet People Call Me A Dervish
Amir Khusro was a great Sufi, a wealthy merchant who once exchanged all his wealth for a pair of Nizamuddin’s shoes,Liguist,artist,prolific author,musician,inventor(sitar),composer and a true devoted disciple.He was "All-in-One" mixture of Divine gifts.
Gamble everything for love,if you’re a true human being.If not, leave this gathering.Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.You set out to find God,but then you keep stopping for long periodsat mean-spirited roadhouses.
The secret of the Beloved will no longer be hidden.Jami (1414-92)
If Love manifests itself within you,
it has its origins in beauty.
You are nothing but a mirrorin which beauty is reflected .
Because beauty and its reflection are both from that One Source,it is both treasure and treasure-house.
One of Subcontinent’s most enduringly beloved and influential Sufi poets. A respected scholar from what is today the nation of Pakistan, Bahu became famous worldwide for his eloquent and inspirational Punjabi poetry and prose, which constitute a central pillar of the Sufi religious and literary tradition of northern India. So popular is his poetry in Pakistan and India today that illiterate Punjabis can recite it by heart.Death before Dying: Sufi Poetry of Sultan Bahu, by Jamal Elias
I knew God well when love flashed before me.It gives me strength by night and day, and shows what lies ahead.In me are flames, in me is fuel, in me is smoke.I only found my Beloved, Bahu, when love made me aware.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was a devout Muslim Sufi, but his spirituality was broad and welcoming, making room for Muslim and Hindu alike. He is one of the most revered poets and saints of the Sindh ,Pakistan.
There is no light nor dayEvery one can see the Lord!Those who love the LordThe world cannot hold them.Palaces do not attract them,Nor women nor servantsNothing binds them:The renouncers leave everything behind.Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai(1689 - 1752)
Masjid dha de, mandir dha de, dha de jo kucch dainda Par kisi da dil na dhain, Rab dilan vich rehnda.
“ Tear down the mosque and the temple
break everything in sight
But do not break a person’s heart
it is there that God resides”Baba Bulleh Shah (1680-1758)
German by birth and Swiss by nationality and lived many years in France. He is a well-respected European mystic and philosopher of a universalist form of Sufism that has been called the Perennial Philosophy.
Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions)
The North, the South; the East and then the West:Their mysteries we carry in our breast.Zenith, Nadir, Spirit and Earth, 'tis we:Purity, Love, Strength and Serenity.Each value in the universal frameWithin our soul and spirit is the same.Each quarter or each quality of SpaceShows a divine and cosmic Beauty's face.So let us hear Eternal Wisdom's call:By thyself truly, and thou art the All.
Sufi Muslim saint from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) He gained a reputation early on as a holy man, and many people from all faiths on the island would come to receive his teachings.In the early 1970s, he came to the United States and settled in Philadelphia. There, he continued to teach a universal understanding of all religions.
There is One God.He created all beings,And He exists beyond the beyond of religions,Beyond the separations of race,Religion, and philosophies.He is beyond mind, desire, and physical visionHe is beyond the world, lust, torpor, and illusion.God resides in that spotlessly pure place known as the heartAnd sees and knows everything.He sees each and every heart and mind and understands all things