Don't go to sleep this night

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Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi is one of the great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of mankind and was the founder of the Mawlawi Sufi order, a leading mystical brotherhood of Islam. Rumi was born in Wakhsh (Tajikistan) under the administration of Balkh in 30 September 1207 to a family of learned theologians. Escaping the Mongol invasion and destruction, Rumi and his family traveled extensively in the Muslim lands, performed pilgrimage to Mecca and finally settled in Konya, Anatolia, then part of Seljuk Empire.


Don't go to sleep this night


Don't go to sleep

this night
one night is worth
a hundred thousand souls

 

the night is generous
it can give you
a gift of the full moon
it can bless your soul
with endless treasure

 

every night when you feel
the world is unjust
never ending grace
descends from the sky
to soothe your souls


the night is not crowded like the day

the night is filled with eternal love
take this night
tight in your arms
as you hold a sweetheart


remember the water of life

is in the dark caverns
don't be like a big fish
stopping the life's flow
by standing in the mouth of a creek


even Mecca is adornedwith black clothes

showing that the heavens
are ready to grace
the human soul

 

even one prayer

in the Mecca of a night
is like a hundred
no one can claim
sleep can build
a temple like this


during a night

the blessed prophet
broke all the idols and
God remained alone
to give equally to all
an endless love.



Rumi (1207-1273)
Ghazal 947 - Translated by Nader Khalili - Fountain of Fire
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