The Indian Sufi
Jamali was very fond of travelling and embarked
on long journeys. He was a famed poet who
was even known in Herat. (my wordprocessor
is changing Herat into heart…!). After
visiting Mecca and Medina Jamali visited the
Maghrib, the Yemen, Palestine, Turkey, Syria,
Iraq, Iran and even Sri Lanka to see the footprint
It is said that
he travelled in the same manner as a qalandar,
and with the dust of his travels on him he
arrived in Herat and visited the famous Jami.
He sat down next to him. Jami was rather annoyed
and asked him what was the difference between
him and an ass. Jamali then answered by pointing
out the distance between them. This witty
reply was appreciated by Jami who then asked
where his home was. He was told by Jamali
that he came from Delhi.
know any poetry of Jamali” – was
the next question and Jamali made up these
My body is
With the dust of Your street.
realised that he was talking to Jamali himself!