In Praise of the Heavenly Night Traveller

Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah

Dedication: To the one who flew from one sanctuary to another as the full moon traverses the night sky[1]

On 4 May 2016 / 25 Rajab 1437, after an evening conversation over music and recitation, food, animals, and the night ascension, a friend was inspired to recite and share the following verses —

صلوا على من قد سرى نحو السما
ليلا وعاد وما برحنا نوما
بالروح والجسم المطهر قد سما
قله وعلِّم من أبى تعليما

صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما

صلوا على من قد رأى الرحمنَ
بالقلب بل بالعين منه عيانا
من قاب أو أدنى قريبا كان
فخذ الفوائد واحذر التجسيما

 صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما

b18f1acc-0a0d-48a6-b8f0-6e77f003cc6d.jpeg Jerusalem (Image by @sanauphoto on Instagram)

— and I had to translate them when I went home. So here it is.

Invoke prayers for the one who traversed the heavens in a night 

Returning before we barely stirred from slumber

In spirit and purified body, he…

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