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Al Hallaj: I saw my lord with the eye of my heart

Al Hallaj: I saw my lord with the eye of my heart

Photo: Man from Egypt; 1800s.
 
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​I saw my lord with the eye of my heart.
'I said: 'Who art Thou?' He answered: 'Thou'.
Thus where no where hath, as from Thee,
Nor is there, as to Thee, a where.
Thou givest imagining no image
For it is to imagine where Thou art.
He art Thou who hath filled all where-
Beyond where too. Where art Thou?


(Al Hallaj)
 
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Quote Source and Recommended Reading:

'Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology'
By Martin Lings (Author)

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Description:

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. Including 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.

"Extremely well-chosen and exquisitely translated, this anthology of Arabic Sufi Poetry is the best available in the English language, revealing precious treasures of Sufism rendered by the translator in a masterly fashion into beautiful English poems which resonate with spiritual qualities of the original Arabic verses."

(Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University)


Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of three works on Islamic mysticism, A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century, What is Sufism? and The Book of Certainty, all published by The Islamic Texts Society. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, also published by the Islamic Texts Society, has been internationally acclaimed as a masterpiece.
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