Sufi Poetry set to Music

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Mystic Poet, Kabir
by Sheikh Saleem Ahmed
from vol. 6, no. 2
posted July 15, 2002

Gulestan Selections
by Sa'adi of Shiraz

from vol. 6, no. 1
posted January 15, 2002

Sonnets by
Moulana Shah Maghsoud

from vol. 5, no. 4

posted October 19, 2001

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Poetry by Hafiz

Translated by Seyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha

Oh breeze of dawn please tell me
Where is the Beloved resting?
Where is her dwelling, she who melted
All so many hearts?
In the journey of this dark night
The safe valley lies ahead.
Where is the Tur's fire, when shall we see?*
Whoever is born to this world
Has a sign of ruination,
In a ruined world where is wisdom found?
One who is saved received the secrets
Many secrets to be revealed,
Can I find a secret keeper?
All my being longs for you,
My heart beating for your black hair.
Where all those who condemned me
Understanding not such love?
You will find my heart there lost
If you ask for me among the tresses
Of the beloved's waving hair.
Wisdom's mind is lost, the heart left lonely
Where are those tresses, where are those eyes
So beautiful of the beloved?
At last the Wine bearer has come--alas,
Without her presence all joy is lost.
Oh Hafez, keep yourself from weeping
For the autumn wind that blows
Across the field of life.
Come to your senses and consider,
Is there a single rose without a thorn?




*Tur is in Mount Sinia where Moses received his revelation. In Sufism, it refers to a stage of illumination