Qasida: Ya Imami Ya Imami – O my Imam, O my Imam

The Qasida GistBy Karim Maherali

Mawlana Hazar Imam in Syria, 1959
Mawlana Hazar Imam in Syria, 1959. Today in history: Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Salamiyya for the first time as Imam (Nimira Dewji/Ismailimail)

This is a Qasida composed in Arabic by ‘Ali Qasim and it is part of the historical tradition of the Syrian Jamat. It is now being shared by the global Jamat. It is an expression of devotion to the Imam of the time par excellence in the context of the relationship between a murid and the Mursheed in an esoteric tradition. The Imam is at once, the goal, purpose and the destination and the means of attaining the destination. In this respect he is the source of guidance, strength and protection in adversity and hence is the object of devotion and prayer. Success in life is determined in terms of attaining perfection of love and security in the Imam, the station from which one does not fall or return. All the treasures comprising the knowledge of inner mysteries and secrets of life are unravelled in the glorious homecoming of the soul..

It also provides the theological and historical basis of his authority  and nobility being the direct descendant of the legatees of the Prophets  who were the Imams.

Holy Qur’an:

“Lo, Allah preferred Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above all creatures. They were descendants one of another.” (Holy Qur’an, 3:33-34)

 

Ya Imami Ya Imami

 

Audio (Anasheed Dinya)

 

Transliteration And Translation

Ya Imami ya Imami
Anta dhukhari wa murrami
Anta nurun fi fu adi
Anta nurun fi fu adi
Anta ishaqi wa hayami
Anta ishaqi wa hayami
(Refrain)
Kullu man walal-imama
Nala majadan wa-salama
Wartaqa-lil-hubbi hama
Samiqan allil-maqami
Samiqan allil-maqami

O my Imam, O my Imam
You are my Treasure and my Purpose
You are the Light in my heart
You are the Light in my heart
You are my ardent love and my passion
You are my ardent love and my passion
(Refrain)
All who obey the Imam
Will obtain glory and peace
And rise to the peak of love
Which is the highest position

 

Ya wasiyal-anbiya’i
Ya salilul-awsiya’i
Laka hubbi wa wala’i
Wasalati wa dua’i
Wasalati wa dua’i
(Refrain)
Kullu man walal-imama
Nala majadan wa-salama
Wartaqa-lil-hubbi hama
Fi majal-atil-wafa’i
Fi majal-atil-wafa’i

O the legatee of the Prophets
From the descent of the legatees
For You my love and devotion
And to You my prayer and my supplication
And to You my prayer and my supplication
(Refrain)
All who obey the Imam
Will obtain glory and peace
And rise to the peak of love
In the ways of fulfilling their pledge
In the ways of fulfilling their pledge

 

Ya azimul-qudrati
Ya wakhiyan fi l-hibati
Kullu hubbie wasalati
Kullu hubbie wasalati
Laka ma damat hayati
Laka ma damat hayati
(Refrain)
Kullu man walal-imama
Nala majadan wa-salama
Wartaqa-lil-hubbi hama
Fi mufazati-hayati
Fi mufazatil-hayati

In you is all my strength
O the Generous One, Giver of gifts.
All my love and all my prayers
All my love and all my prayers
Are to you as long as I live
Are to you as long as I live
(Refrain)
All who obey the Imam
Will obtain glory and peace
And rise to the peak of love
In the success of life
In the success of life

 

Anta yasub ta rasuli
Wabnu haydar wal batuli
Nafta diyaumal wasuli
Min saerin wa dhubuli
(Refrain)
Kullu man walal-imama
Nala majadan wa-salama
Wartaqa-lil-hubbi hama
Saidan ma min nuzuli
Saidan ma min wasuli

You are the grandson of the Rasul (Messenger)
The son of hayder (H. Ali) and batul (Bibi Fatimah)
You will save me on the day I return to You
You will save me on the day I return to You
From hell and destruction
From hell and destruction
(Refrain)
All who obey the Imam
Will obtain glory and peace
And rise to the peak of love
From which you do not fall down
From which you do not return

 

Ya mujiri min azabi
Wa atabi fi shababi
Anta yazu yukhrama abi
Anta nuru  nafsin wa kitabi
(Refrain)
Kullu man walal-imama
Nala majadan wa-salama
Wartaqa-lil-hubbi hama
Tuna shakin wartiyabi
Tuna shakin wartiyabi

O my Refuge from suffering and torment
And my strength in my youth.
You are the Treasure in my returning to You
You are the Treasure in my returning to You
You are the Light of my soul and my Book (guidance)
(Refrain)
All who obey the Imam
Will obtain glory and peace
And rise to the peak of love
Without doubt and suspicion
Without doubt and suspicion

 

Kullu kalbin lastafihi
Muslimun wa shakufihi
Laisha min sham sin ladahi
Tushbu gunu ma alayhi
(Refrain)
Kullu man walal-imama
Nala majadan wa-salama
Wartaqa-lil-hubbi hama
Samiqan wal amnufihi
Samiqan wal amnufihi

Any heart in which You are not
Is gloomy and dark and full of doubt
It does not have any sun which can give it happiness
It does not have any sun which can give it happiness
(Refrain)
All who obey the Imam
Will obtain glory and peace
And rise to the peak of love
The position of security
The position of security

 

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