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Abu-Said Abul-Khayr: The holy warrior is out hunting for martyrdom

Abu-Said Abul-Khayr: The holy warrior is out hunting for martyrdom
Photo: Bedouin warrior possibly from Syria, 1930.




​The holy warrior is out hunting for martyrdom;
but the martyr of love, his station is higher.

How could these two ever be the same,
come the Day of Judgement?

The first is slain by the enemy,
but the second is slain by the Friend.

(Abu Sa'id Abi 'l'Khayr)




Recommended Reading:

'Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology'
​By Martin Lings

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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.




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