O lord of the East, O shining Sun!


thou illuminest the heart1 of every mote of dust.


It is through thee that Being has ardour and exhilaration;


it is through thee that every hidden thing desires to manifest itself.


Thy golden canoe in the silvery waters


moves brighter than the hand of Moses.2


It is thy rays which give light to the Moon,


and provide sustenance to the ruby within the heart of the stone.


The inner burning of the tulip


and the coursing of blood in its veins are the result of thy bounty.


The narcissus tears away hundreds of veils to catch a glimpse of thy ray.


Welcome, with thee comes the morning of our heart’s desire,


thou hast transformed every tree into the


Burning Bush of Mount Sina’i.3


Thou art the beginning of the morning while I am


at the end of my days; light a lamp in my heart;


illumine my dark earth from head to foot;


cover me up in thy illuminations


that I may bring the light of the day to the night of the Orient’s thought,


brighten up the heart of the free men of the Orient,


give maturity to the inexperienced through my songs,


and give a new turn to the events of the world.


Thus may the thought of the Orient free itself from the Franks


And gain lustre through my songs.


Life comes not but through dhikr (meditation);


(true) independence comes not but through purity of thought.


When the thought of a people becomes corrupt,


then in their hands pure silver turns into base metal.


The pure heart dies in their breast,


and to their eyes the crooked appears straight.


From the battlefield of life they keep themselves safely away;


for them life resides only in the stationary.


Seldom do waves arise from their ocean;


their pearls are as worthless as pieces of clay.


It is therefore necessary that their thought should


first be purified (of all dross);


Reconstruction of thought would then be easy for them,



1.         Raushan damir, one who can see into the heart of things; one whose heart is so illumined that everything can be seen in it. This is the epithet usually applied to God-intoxicated people who are credited with having the miraculous power of foreseeing and foretelling events.

2.         Hand of Moses. Moses is called Kalim (one who speaks) because, as stated in the Qur’an (xvii. 143-44), God spoke to him. Verse 144 states: “O Moses! surely I have chosen thee out of all people by bestowing apostleship on thee and by speaking to thee.” The hand of Moses is a reference to the Qur’anic verses xx. 22-23; xxvii. 10-27; xxviii. 31-32. The first verse reads

“And press thy hand to thy side; it will come out white without evil- another sign.” It was one of the signs with which Moses vanquished Pharaoh.

3.         Reference is to the Qur’anic verse (xxviii. 30): “And when he came to it, he was called from the right side of the valley in the blessed spot of the bush.” The Burning Bush, the place from where Moses heard the call of God, declaring “I am Allah, the Lord of the Worlds” (xxviii. 30) is a symbol of sacredness in Islamic literature.