Fear

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A dedication to Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Al Habib, Allah sanctify his secret

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If you gaze at this world with your spirit,

You’ll see the light that shines through Him

If you pierce through the earth with your secret

There’s naught to fear or to grieve.

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When you lay in bed at night

And the dark smothered your face

A dread swelled up deep within

Then it surged up through your breast

And it choked your cries for help

Whispering: “I am your fear, loneliness”

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If you gaze at this world with your spirit,

You’ll see the light that shines through Him

If you pierce through the earth with your secret

There’s naught to fear or to grieve.

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Did you ever ask your self

Who that voice was deep inside

That would haunt your wildest dreams?

Having all the world’s desires

Many friends, intoxicating fame

But it is said:  “all is in vain.”

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If you gaze at this world with your spirit,

You’ll see the light that shines through Him

If you pierce through the earth with your secret

There’s naught to fear or to grieve.

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Being poor and destitute

Not a penny to your name

And you cried cursing the skies,

Still that murmur in your heart

Told you search deep in your self

And you’ll see there’s nothing to fear

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If you gaze at this world with your spirit,

You’ll see the light that shines through Him

If you pierce through the earth with your secret

There’s naught to fear or to grieve.

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Then upon that fateful day

When you stood and faced yourself

And you turned your back from otherness

Then He raised you from yourself

Not a trace of you remained

The One Entity was all that was there

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If you gaze at this world with your spirit,

You’ll see the light that shines through Him

If you pierce through the earth with your secret

There’s naught to fear or to grieve.

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Notes:

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Al Habib was the great Moroccan Sufi of the early twentieth century. His diwan, collection of poetry, continues to have a profound effect on Muslims across the world, may Allah bless him and sanctify his secret. This poem is a homage to one of his poems which starts, “Ruhi Tuhaddithunee…” (My spirit converses with me) and my favourite line is: “Wa idha nazarta bi ainee sirrika lum tajid, ghairal illahi fi ardihi wa samaahu” (When you look with the eye of your secret, you will find naught but God in the heavens and the earth).

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2011

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I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

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