Sunday, January 1, 2012

Reminiscence From A Khalwa Night

Reminiscence From A Khalwa Night Image
the khalwa has begun.

in the most secluded part of night,

far removed from ordinary sight

from the house of worship,

permeating its dome

vibrations of zikr rise

towards the Throne.

the dimly lit outer room of our mosque


a quality of unknowingness.

i look outside the window facing the gardens

there to my surprise is our master's presence!

the master sits alone on the porch

in quietude of the night

leading his holy children

in recalling of Light.

upon his heart, upon his lips,

between Lord and him, goes on

ceaseless remembrance,

the sacred communion of grace.

on this blessed night

if you listened to the sound

of the caravan of khalwa,

you'd have listened only this: Allah! Allah!

(c) Sadiq Salim

jan 7, 2008

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note: during khalwa night (a sufi practice of spiritual retreat) the master (Sidi, may God sanctify his station), while zikr was going on inside the mosque, he himself sat outside, alone. i happened to seen him on such an occasion and it was a beautiful feeling to catch a glimpse of a realized master in his remembrance in solitude with God. the poem derived its inspiration from that glimpse on the night of khalwa (dec 18, 2007). alhamduli'Llah.

. khalwa means spiritual retreat, a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad and earlier Prophets. the opening of heart of Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, happened also during a blessed night of khalwa or spiritual retreat in a cave of Jabal e Noor (Mountain of Light) near Mecca when divine revelation (Quran) began to descend upon his heart.

. zikr is remembrance of the Divine, can be inwardly, outwardly or both.

. Allah, the unique name of God, is invoked in zikr. Sheikh Shadhili, the founder of the Shadhiliyya path specifically emphasized on the practice of louder mode of remembrance on the particular Divine name 'Allah'.

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