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Is this poem authentically attributed to Rumi: (Come, come, whoever you are, come…)
Answered by Faraz Rabbani

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When half a thousand years and more
Had passed, and men allegiance swore
To the Arab Prophet, beneath the tree,
My willing hand was still not free
From bonds of time and space to be
Between his hands in fealty.

Such blessings missed, time was when I
Within myself would wonder why,
Half quarrelling with the book of fate
For having writ me down so late.
But now I no longer my lot
Can question, and of what was not.
No more I say: Would it had been!
For I have seen what I have seen,
And I have heard what I have heard.
So if to tears ye see me stirred,
Presume not that they spring from woe:
In thankful wonderment they flow.
Praise be to Him, the Lord, the King,
Who gives beyond all reckoning.

( Lings, Collected Poems, Archetype, 2001)

I counsel you, dear brethren

To hold fast to obedience of Your Lord

Beware of wasting your time

Lest you feel remorse one day on what you missed

The success of any person

Is their youth, and all loss lies in putting things off

What is better than good works for those still young

So hasten to the ways of piety, dear brethren.


The Munqidh min al-Dalal… is a semi-autobiographical work. Through a tour of the intellectual horizons of the day, it leads the reader to Sufism as the only sure access to truth.

Seeker’s Digest » O Messenger of Allah, I come to you seeking refuge

An Intimate Calling
from the Wird Book of Imam Ashraf Ali al-Tahanawi

Translated by Faraz Rabbani, (c) 2006

O Messenger of Allah, I come to you seeking refuge
May my Lord’s blessings be upon you and all peace

I come distressed, seeking assistance and succor
For a soul that wrongs despite not having been wronged

O Messenger of Allah, I come to you seeking your protection
And your Lord grants you protection and you can’t be let down

O Messenger of Allah, I come to you as a guest
And the rights of guests are known to those noble

I come to you indigent and needy
With a soul possessing only tremendous sins

A stranger who has come from a strange land
Without any companions or partners


Help me, O Messenger of Allah, for I
Am at a loss, and despair has reached my very bones

Grant mercy, O Son of Aminah, grant mercy
For in sin have I been nursed and grown

It is your intercession I seek in distress and ease
And your healing when sickness befalls me

You are my support when darkness befalls
And in struggles you are my sure sword

If you seek forgiveness for me, O Master, even once
I’ll be of those upright on religion

Every limb of mine obeys you as if a slave
And in my heart love for you is constant

O God grant me success throughout my life
To pray weeping while others are asleep.

[Source: Munajat-e-Maqbool, 234-238, Idara-e-Islamiyat, Lahore, 1995]

Related post: The Prohibition of Saying “Ya Rasul Allah”?

Love for Allah – Translation of Maktubat Faqir – Written by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad

Love for Allah is the English edition of the Shaykh’s famous book, “Ishq Ilahi.” The book discusses basic principles of our love for Allah based on the Quran, Sunnah, and the noble tradition of our great scholars. Of note are the dozens of poems translated from Arabic and Urdu, which highlight the concepts discussed.

  • Love for Allah (complete book)
  • Chapter 1 – The Importance of Love for Allah
  • Chapter 2 – The Effects of Love for Allah
  • Chapter 3 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah in this World
  • Chapter 4 – A Comparison Between Love and Intellect
  • Chapter 5 – True Love and Metaphorical Love
  • Chapter 6 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah When Dying
  • Chapter 7 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah in Their Graves
  • Chapter 8 – The Condition of the Lovers of Allah on the Day of Judgment
  • Chapter 9 – The Signs of a Sincere Lover
  • Chapter 10 – Love for Allah in Present Times
  • Chapter 11 – How to Attain Love for Allah
  • Chapter 12 – The Difference Between a Murid and a Murad

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