Qasida: Ta Surato Paiwande Jahan Bud Ali Bud – Ali the ever present

The Qasida Gist – By Karim Maherali

The Holy Quran (4:174) states:

“O mankind! Verily there hath come to you a Convincing Proof (Hujja) from your Lord: For we have sent unto you a Manifest Light (Nurun Mubeen).”

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According to the Shia interpretation, the Hujja is the Imam of the time. Nasr Khusraw in his Kalame Pir translated into English by Ivanow, elaborates on the concept of Hujjah: “The Imam is the Hujja or Proof of God, and it is for this reason that some Imams have said, “What is said about God refers to us.”

This Qasida penned by Shams-i Tabriz the man who transformed Mowlana Rumi from a learned religious teacher into the world’s greatest poet of mystical love, illuminates this notion of the Hujja having the qualities of God. It highlights that Ali was there before creation of space and time. He was the legatee (wasi) of the Prophet and was present with all Prophets assisting them in their mission. He is present as a life giving soul in every aspect and part of creation and the knower of the secrets of the apparent (zahir) and the hidden (batin).

Ta Surato Paiwande Jahan Bud Ali Bud

(Before the universe had a form)

 

 

Transliteration and Translation

 
Ta Surat-o piwand-i jahan bud Ali bud
Ta naqsh-i zamin bud zaman bud Ali bud

Before the universe had a form, Ali was present
Before space and time were implanted, Ali was present

Shahi ke wali budo wasi bud Ali bud
Sultan-i sakha-o karam-o jud Ali bud

The Friend of God (wali) and the legatee (wasi) of the Prophet, is Ali
The King of generosity and mercy is Ali

Ham Adam-o ham Shish-o ham Idris-o ham Ayub
Ham Yusuf-o ham Yunus-o ham Hud Ali bud

With (Prophets) Adam, Sheth, Idris, Ayyub
Yusuf, Yunus and Hud, Ali was present

Ham Musa-o ham Issa-o ham Khizr-o ham Ilyas
Ham Salihe Paygambar-o Daud Ali bud

With (Prophets) Musa and Issa, Khizar, and Iliyas
Prophets Salih and Doud, Ali was present

An Lahma lahmi bishinau ta ke bidani
An yarr ke-o nafs-i nabi bud Ali bud

If you listen to the hadith : lahmaka lahami (your body is my body) you will come to know
That the helper and the soul (nafs) of the Prophet was Ali

Chandanke nazar kardam-o didam ba haqiqat
Az ru-i yaqin barhama mawjud Ali bud

Wherever I see, I witness this truth (haqiqat) clearly
The soul nature that is certainly pervading everything, is Ali

Khatam ke dar angushat-i Sulimane nabi bud
An Nur-i Khudai ke bar-o bud Ali bud

The ring that was in the finger of Prophet Suleman
Was emanating the Noor of God, in which Ali was present

An shah-i sarafraz ke andar shab-i mi’raj
Ba Ahmad-i Mukhtar yaki bud Ali bud

That honorable King (Shah) who was with the Prophet in night of Me’raj
Was the one with Ahmad e Mukhtar, and He was Ali

Sere do Jahan jumla zi paidaw-o zi pinhan
Shamsul-Haqi tabreez qui binmood Ali bud

The revealer of all the secrets of both worlds – zahir and batin
To Shamsul Haqq Tabriz was non other than Ali

Ta Surat-o piwand-i jahan bud Ali bud
Ta naqsh-i zamin bud zaman bud Ali bud

Before the universe had a form, Ali was present
Before space and time were implanted, Ali was present

 

— From Kuliyat-e Hazrat Shamsh-i Tabriz

 

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