Elia Abu Madi or Elia D. Madey (1889-1957) was a Lebanese-American poet with numerous notable published works. The following is a translation of the first 8 stanzas from his famous work, Al-Tholasim (The Mysteries). The full poem comprises 405 lines. I have translated (at least, attempted to) the following for your convenience. الطلاسم The Mysteries … Continue reading Elia Abu Madi: Tholasim
"The saints of God are His brides and none looks upon brides save those of their family. They are veiled in seclusion in His presence by intimacy. No one sees them, neither in the world nor the next." Of the well-known Sufi masters, whose iconic stories are often narrated and quoted in Suhbaat (study … Continue reading Bayazid Al-Bastami (q.s.), Sultan al-‘Arifeen
In the name of God Almighty. It's the 21st century – horses are no longer martyred in long-distance journeys, our daily bread usually comes with coke and fries on the side, and technology has advanced so much that we find the most childish reasons to start wars (oh wait- that's nothing new). But such is … Continue reading On Hijab and idiosyncrasies.