Love Divine

Al-Wadud_A Name of God

Dialogue Poem Set 3.12: On Love

***White Thawb

Love Divine

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(Now, White Thawb, gentle en-listening,

Patted Ashen in warm, ease smiling,

And to Robe Turquoise nodding much grace.

Then referenced for us a Love Book for consideration,

Surmising its opening with warm embrace,

Admitting his own lack of eloquence,

Prayed we might be swayed by its sense

In rhythmic answers to soul-searching,

Inviting us to verses from Al Qur’an’s nourish-citations.)

 

White Thawb spoke:

 

In the Name of God the Most Merciful1, The Most Forgiving2.”

 

Beautified for humankind is love of lusts — of women, children,

stored-up heaps of gold and silver, horses of mark, cattle,

and tillage. That is the comfort of the life of this world;

but God—with Him is the most excellent abode.3

 

But

They know [merely] an outward aspect of the life of this

world; but they, of the Hereafter, they are oblivious.”4

 

And so,

…When you are resolved, rely on God; for God loves those

who rely [upon Him].”5

 

And consider What God said:

I am God6, I am the Compassionate One (Al-Rahman)

I created the womb (‘Rahim’) and named it after My

Name. He who keeps its ties, I shall keep [my ties with]

him; and he who cuts its ties, I shall cut him off [from

Me].”7

 

So what is Love if not this?

And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves

mates that you might find peace by their side, and He ordained

between you affection8 and mercy.

Surely in that there are signs for a people who reflect.”9

 

So

Say: ‘Invoke God or invoke the Compassionate One;

whichever you invoke, to Him belong the Most Beautiful

Names’…”10

 

And Love is Just.

None has preserve for preferential treatment in God’s justice.

Should we not then inquire and seek out His way?

What does he ask us to why we seek to be?

 

The Jews and Christians say: ‘We are the sons of God and

His beloved ones’. Say: ‘Why then does He chastise you for

your sins? Nay; you are mortals from among those He created.

He forgives whom He wills, and He chastises whom

He wills’. For to God belongs the kingdom of the heavens

and of the earth, and all that is between them; to Him is the

journey’s end.”11

 

So whosoever does an atom’s weight of good, shall see it.

And whosoever does an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.”12

 

But more:

[God’s] mercy outstrips [His] wrath”13

 

So let us end as we had begun:

In the Name of God the Most Merciful, The Most Forgiving.”

Therein is Love.

 

(After closing his book,

White Thawb wished all his salaams

And took his steady-step leave.

Leaving Earth N Parka Coat

Who had listened intent, head in palm,

Now desirous to weave

A thread of thought from soul-heart-mind en-throat,

To clarion a call

A Love Song – an end note:)

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By Arif uz Zaman

February 2013

For the RESPONSE to this poem, please read The Love Song.

For the PROBLEMATIC poem of which this is the reply, please read An Apology and a Warning.

To understand what are the Dialogue Poems, please click here.

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1Ar-Rahman is one of the Ninety Nine Names of God

2Ar-Rahim is one of the Ninety Nine Names of God

3Qur’an (3:14)

4Qur’an (30:7)

5Qur’an (3:159)

6(Allah)

7Hadith Qudsi

8(Mawaddah)

9Qur’an (30:21)

10Qur’an (17:110)

11Qur’an (5:18)

12Qur’an (99:7-8)

13Hadith Qudsi

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5 responses to “Love Divine

  1. May Allah reward you! This was so beautiful, reading all those verses you selected. It had enormous power and impact as I was reading them. I’ve read these verses before, but seeing them all together had a greater affect. Subhan’Allah : )

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    • Jzk for following this thread and wonderful comments. Please note, I’ve actually linked a book entitled ‘Love in the Quran’ by El Hashimi (click on ‘love book’, in the body of the poem, above) whose opening chapter inspired the content / direction of this poem. FYI. 😉

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  2. Julie

    I second what Maryam summed up nicely. Very beautiful. 🙂

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