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Sufi tale


The qawwals in the subcontinent of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh often sing the following poem, which is attributed to Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, but is not found in his Divan:


To karimi man kamina barda am

Laiken az lotf-e shoma parvarda am

Zendagi amad baray bandagi

Zendagi bi bandagi sharmendagi

Yad-e u sarmaya-e iman bovad

Har gada az yad-e u soltan bovad

Sayyed o sarvar mohammad nur-e jan

Mehtar o behtar shafi-ye mojreman

Chun mohammad pak shod az nar o dud

Har koja ru kard wajh Allah bud

Shahbaz la makani jan-e u

Rahmatal lil ‘alamin dar shan-e u

Mehtarin o behtarin-e ambiya'

Joz Mohammad nist dar arz o sama'

An Mohammad Hamid o Mahmud shod

Shakl-e ‘abid surat-e ma'bud shod

Awliya' Allah o Allah awliya'

Ya'niy did-e pir did-e kebriya

Har ke pir o zat Haqq ra yak na did

Nai morid o nai morid o nai morid

Mawlavi hargez na shod mawla-e rum

Ta gholam-e Shams Tabrizi na shod



You are the Generous One and I am the humble servant,

But because of Your subtle grace I get nourished.

Life is only to serve!

Life without service is a shame!

The foundation of faith is the remembrance of Him.

Every beggar is like a king because of the remembrance of Him.

Mohammad, the light of the soul, is the chief and the leader.

He is the greatest and the best mediator for the sinners.

Because Mohammad was purified of fire and smoke,

Wherever he turned his face to, there was the Face of Allah.

His soul is like a falcon in the place of no place.

Because of his dignity he was the mercy of the worlds.

He was the greatest and the best of the prophets.

No one is on earth or in the heavens except for Mohammed.

This Mohammad is one who praises and is the praised one.

He is the reflection of the Adored One in the shape of a devotee.

The friends of God and God, the friends:

That is to say, if you have seen your spiritual teacher you have seen the Grandeur of God.

The one who doesn't see the spiritual teacher and the Essence as one,

Is no disciple, is no disciple, is no disciple!

A professor could never become mawlana Rumi,

If he had not become the slave of Shams Tabrizi.


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