By FARAH TEJANI
Just summoning Your Beloved Name,
All of my humble supplications are answered.
Ya Mawla, I beseech you,
Hear me and draw near.
My soul is thirsty,
I long to be close to You,
Draw near, I am waiting,
Ours is a bond forged eternally.
A moth driven by Your Radiant, Dazzling Flame,
I dance ever closer with endless passion,
Your Blaze Profoundly Singes my earthly wings,
And I draw closer, yearning more,
Your Light is A Bright Watchtower,
Graciously Guiding all of our lost and broken vessels,
You Illuminate our lives with Omnipotent Splendor
With Wisdom Beyond This World.
From You everything is born,
Without You all ceases to exist.
A Swirling All-knowing Flame dances in Your Eyes,
Drawing humble and sincere tears from mine.
I am filled with Eternal Gratitude and Devotion,
I offer my lifetime of service and prayer.
Your Approving Smile is All-Embracing,
The Power of Your Love.
Endless Blessings You Preciously Bestow,
Khanavadaan, Khanavadaan, Khanavadaan.
My heart beats for Yours.
Murids travel, from all corners of the globe,
To receive Your Holy Noorani Deedar,
Showering You with Thundering Waves of Holy Salwaat,
Ripples upon ripples, to Your Most Gracious Shore.
Our Spiritual Father, Your Eyes See us all.
Each of us receives Your Light,
Your Grace is All-Encompassing.
Behold, His Majesty Shah Karim,
Oh Light of Ali.
For You I have an insatiable desire.
Yours is a Fountain of Blessings,
Your Mercy Unconditionally Falls upon me.
Cascading Showers of Benevolence.
You Forgive my shortcomings,
Upon You I rely for inner strength and salvation.
Oh, Light of Ali,
I am forever indebted, your humble servant.
Your Will for me is my devoted obligation,
Have Mercy on me and Protect me,
Oh Gracious One,
Guide me to Your Door.
I long for Thee eternally.
For I know I am Safe in Your Protective Embrace.
Oh Ali, draw near.
Date posted: August 6, 2020.
Farah Tejani especially composed this poem for Eid al-Ghadir, which will be observed by Ismailis and other Shia Muslims on 18th Dhul-Hijjah (on or around August 7 for 2020).
Farah graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in May of 1997 and earned top Honors for her Thesis on Short Fiction. With the help of her agent Barbara Graham she then went on to publish a collection of short stories published by Trafford, called, “Make Your Own Chai, Mama’s Boy!” — ten short stories dealing with different dilemmas South Asians face. Farah also wrote and co-directed her stage play, “Safeway Samosas,” which won “The Best of Brave New Playwrights Award” in July 1995. Her short story , “Too Hot” won third place in the “Canada-Wide Best Short Fiction Award.” and was read at The Vancouver Writers Festival. Currently, Farah is working on Childrens’ stories and a collection of poetry called, “Elastic Embrace” to be published in 2021. Her most recent poetic piece The Great Sacrifice was published in Barakah’s affiliated website Simerg.
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