SUFI POEMS: “Only God I saw” by Baba Kuhi


“Only God I saw”

In the market, in the cloister–only God I saw.
  In the valley and on the mountain–only God I saw.
  Him I have seen beside me oft in tribulation;
  In favour and in fortune–only God I saw.
  In prayer and fasting, in praise and contemplation,
  In the religion of the Prophet–only God I saw.
  Neither soul nor body, accident nor substance,
  Qualities nor causes–only God I saw.
  I opened mine eyes and by the light of His face around me
  In all the eye discovered–only God I saw.
  Like a candle I was melting in His fire:
  Amidst the flames outflashing–only God I saw.
  Myself with mine own eyes I saw most clearly,
  But when I looked with God’s eyes–only God I saw.
  I passed away into nothingness, I vanished,
  And lo, I was the All-living–only God I saw.

by Baba Kuhi

       Baba Kuhi, in The Mystics of Islam, translated by Reynold A Nicholson

Baba Kuhi of Shiriz, a Persian dervish-poet who died around 1050.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    “Only God I saw” What a beautiful poem Amira! Much love and warm hugs sent your way! Love,Linda

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Linda! Yes, I agree, when we realize everything is God’s creation and beauty! Much love back and warm hugs! ❤


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