Wherever I traveled. You were manifested;
Wherever I looked. You were revealed.

In ka’ba, idol-temple, synagogue, and church, I saw
All were searching for You, and to all You were a Friend.

I sought only You in every person I met, every place I went;
You were in every sign, both the outer and the inner.

In the marketplace of love, it was revealed,
You were both the seller and the buyer.

In every heart whispering of love for an idol,
That idol was but a pretext: You were both heart and Beloved.

From pre-etemity to post-etemity throughout the universe,
You were all that was hidden or revealed, bountiful or scarce.

If You have bestowed light and stolen my heart and faith,
This is because You are heart, faith, and the Illuminator of all light.

– Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

From the Sufi Journal, No. 40 / Winter 1998/99

Ya Haqq!


16 Responses to You

  1. Koonj says:

    a warm happy eid, irving.

  2. Shiraz says:

    Some beautiful thoughts to share on Eid day. Eid mubarak, Irving :)

  3. Maliha says:

    Eid Mubarak dear brother; may you and your loved ones have a blessed and joyous Eid :)

  4. nisa says:

    Eid Mubarak, Deat Borther. Thank you for all your kind and wise comments this past year. May Allah swt Bless you and your family. :)

    nisa :)

  5. Irving says:

    Eid Mubarak Dear Brothers and Sisters, and all who chance upon these words:)

    May Allah bless you and your families with love and love and love and more love in all the days and months and years to come.

    Ya Haqq!

  6. Kamesh says:

    Happy Eid to you and to your family Irving.

    And by the way, thats a very nice poem there by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh. This poem has captured the true spirit of Sufism. This also reminds me of a quote from Mansur al Hallaj..

    I have seen my Lord with the eye of my heart, and I said: “Who are You?” He said: “You.”


  7. seeker94 says:

    Lovely poem!

    Wishing you and your loved ones Eid Mubarak, Irving!

  8. Yafiah says:

    A lovely poem for Eid, Irving. Eid Mubarak!

  9. Eid Mubarak. May this new celebrations and this new year bless you with all the happiness and joy.

    Ya Haqq Madadi!

  10. Sadiq says:

    Mashallah! truly beautiful words that reveal the secret of :

    ‘He is the Inner and He is the Outer”,

    “He is the Hidden and He is the manifest”

    “He encompasses everything and nothing encompasses Him”.

    “There is nothing but He”

  11. isaiah says:

    Such a beautiful prayer, Irving. All things, all things….

    Thanks for this-

  12. darvish says:

    Ah Isaiah, you recognize that it is a prayer, as perhaps is all Sufi poetry :)

    God bless us everyone!

    Ya Haqq!

  13. samaha says:

    It warms my heart! Beautiful! Thank you :)

  14. mark walter says:

    Such words simply make me sigh.

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