Poems: Reflection / The White Deer

Brother Daniel Abdul Hayy Moore is a blessed poet indeed. On reading the below, I am honored to be able to reblog it. Especial thanks to him for sharing the deep piece on ‘tafakkur’ = reflection, written by Sheikh Muhammed ibn al-Habib (raheemahullah alai, May Allah bless him with His mercy)

Ecstatic Exchange / Poetry of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore

white deer

(Note: I’ve been invited to present a series of eight sessions on poetry, I’m calling The Ecstatic Exchange Seminars on Poetry: Intuitions & Enthusiasms. As a foundational text, I’m using this song from the Diwan of Shaykh ibn al-Habib (raheemullah), which has struck me as being, as well as an all-encompassing directive toward sublimest gnosis, a wonderful Ars Poetica for creative contemplation and heart’s action, as well as writing devotional poetry, or poetry of any kind… )

REFLECTION

Tafakkur
by Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib
(may Allah be pleased with him)

Reflect upon the beauty of His artistry on land and sea
And journey through God’s attributes both obvious and hidden

The greatest signs of God’s limitless perfections are found
Within our souls and on the horizons spread across the world

Contemplate all physical forms and behold their structural beauties
In exquisite order like pearls threaded on a string

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