Archive for the ‘Poetry’ Category

This is one of the most beautiful poetic descriptions of the Day of Reckoning by the gifted Sidi Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore (May Allah preserve him): Source: Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore Poetry THEY CAME DOWN FROM THE HIGH AND LOW PLACES,they threaded themselves alongthrough the intricate threadings,the ancient ones and the new ones,all the famous were among […]

‘Reposts’ are posts of yester- day/week/year which shall be posted again, Insha Allah once a week and can be found in the ‘Reposts’ category. Original post date: March 9, 2007. I can recall, even after years, hearing Shaykh Hamza Yusuf reciting in one of his speeches, this beautiful poem of Rumi’s. Definitely being one of […]

As I thought of what I wanted to say to introduce this poem by D. A. H. Moore [taken from the unpublished ‘Cooked Oranges’], I realized that the inherently mundane nature of our temporal existence, had once again delayed the expansion of my soul; this must take place after a contraction in our ever-vascillating realm. […]

I Hope To Meet Him on That Day by Bilal Malik I hope to meet him on that day, When all but him shall only pray, For themselves and naught but they. “My Ummah! My Ummah!” he shall say. He cried for us in such a way, The hardest hearts would melt away. What if […]

O God


  O God: the Urdu hamd, Ae Khuda translated by Bilal Malik:   O God  O God, O God, Whoever has endeavored, By him, You have been discovered. Everyone’s guide You are.   This earth, this heaven, Farther than these even. However many worlds there are, All contain a flash of You.   O God, O […]

Al-Hamdulillah, I just finished writing a new urdu poem entitled Waqt Hai Ab Bhi translated as There’s Time Even Now. For all the non-Urdu-speaking visitors, I will be posting the English translation soon, InshAllah. Waqt Hai Ab Bhi by Bilal Malik  Gird-o-nawah-e-tu deta hai sadaain ab bhi “Dushwar hui rasai-e-raftar-e-tu kabhi” Sunta hai nafs inhimak se wo sadaien […]

A dear friend of mine brought be some books from his visit to Dar ul-Uloom Karachi, as well as from the Khanqah of Mawlana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar [Damat Barakatuhum]. At the end of one of the books entitled Ta’aluq m’aAllah by the aforementioned author, there was a poem entitled Munajat that grabbed my attention. It’s a short poem of only […]

Discourse 13 [Discourses of Rumi] Excerpted from Discourses of Rumi or Fihi ma Fihi: Mohammed صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The night is long, do not shorten it with your sleep. The day is bright, do not darken it with your sins.” The night is long for you to voice your inmost secrets and ask […]



Ant–like by Bilal Malik I feel ant-like. Hauling pieces Of gulab jamun Up the hill. Climbing, Reaching, Losing strength, Falling. My Sweet-craving’s Nothing short of great. It’s my climbing skills That need work.



I was recently listening to a bayan of Maulana Tariq Jamil and in it he mentioned the following couplet: “har tamanna dil se rukhsat ho gayi ab to aaja ab to khalwat ho gayi” This couplet, for me, has always been the poetic summation of ekhlas. Maybe I’ll put it up on my custom header some day 🙂