Hearing Him Hum
(Reflections on the Opening Chapter of the Qur’an)
By Zaman Stanizai
In the name of the Para-Cosmic Consciousness,
Whose Oneness of Being pens the verses
of perpetually unfolding multiplicities.
Whose Essence weaves
into every fiber of our existence
as the Wholeness of immeasurable timeless tomorrows.
All praise is due to the Infinite Eternity,
Whose love radiates through our soul,
Whose glory graces every grain of our being,
and Whose awe paints our fragile illusions.
O Divine Beloved,
the Ineffable shaper of transient temporalities
and transcendent realities!
Give us the thought that thinks Thee.
Give us a pleading heart that desires Thee,
a yearning that utters nothing, but Your love.
Turn us into a longing that dies to dissolve in
the harmonic convergence of Your totality.
Help us thread our pathways
through the splendor of
your enchanting gardens and idyllic meadows
where moments of Your manifest Beauty
attain a ‘foreverness’ all their own.
Distance us from the dissonance of dark energy.
Bathe us in the luminous glow of Your countenance—
Light,… upon light,… upon light.