Monday, July 21, 2014

Rumi's take on Laylatul Qadar | Try it for tonight


MashaAllah tabarakallah. Where have I been? Thanks to a dear friend, I see for the first time Rumi's timeless advice on Laylatul Qadar. Let's try it for tonight. InshaAllah.

If you stay awake
for an entire night
watch out for a treasure
trying to arrive

You can keep warm
by the secret sun of the night
keeping your eyes open
for the softness of dawn

Try it for tonight
challenge your sleepy eyes
do not lay your head down
wait for heavenly alms
night is the bringer of gifts

Moses went on for a ten-year journey
during a single night
invited by a tree
to watch the fire and light

Muhammad too made his passage
during that holy night
when he heard the glorious voice
when he ascended to the sky

Day is to make a living
Night is only for love
commoners sleep fast
lovers whisper to God all night
all night long

A voice calls upon you
to wake up
in the precious hours
if you miss your chance now
when your body is left behind
your soul will lament
death is a life of no return

- Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

Credit: BKP

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