Demands of the Beloved

by Shaykh al-Akbar Muhyi al-Din al-Arabi al-Hatimi

O you who long to know our sacred beauty,
Know that to betroth Us costs a high dowry;

A languished body and soul that’s in distress
And eyes never tasting any sleep or rest,

And a heart with nothing in it besides Us;
So then if you wish you’ll carry out this cost

If you wish vanish in endless extinction,
For non-being draws one close to that situation.

Cast away those two sandals at the valley
When you enter for there lies our sanctity.

Leave those two worlds and all in them far behind,
And of all that veils you from Us rid your mind,

And when you’re asked, “Who do you love” surely cry,
“I am who I love, the one I love is I.”


There is no god but Allah, Allah Allah;
There is no god but You Allah, so honour us.

~ by B Majnun on December 14, 2007.

2 Responses to “Demands of the Beloved”

  1. Which poem is this, in arabic? Did you translate it? Is it the Shadhili poem?

  2. Yes it is a qasida often recited by Shadhilis. The original arabic begins “ayaa murid Allah nu’id…”

    I didn’t translate it, not sure who the translator is I think it’s a student of Shaykh Nuh Keller.

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