The Gates of Sin

The Gates of Sin
By Ammar AlShukry

Everyone is understood except for you
Everyone lies except when they tell the truth
Heart break is a reality only fools fall into
Unless your heart is broken in seeking You
I love what I cant experience without opening the gate of sin
So when the gate is opened I simply waltz right in
Make myself at home, its familiar for me here
While praising God, but those praises are shallow for me here
I’ve entered the castle of Satan way too many times
So much that his home is beginning to resemble mine
I wonder how black my heart is
cuz I’ve seen how gloomy the dark is
But when it comes to sinning, I am an artist
Creating masterpieces without the stroke of a brush
Stroke some keys and enter a world of my lust
My mouth prays for dawn, my heart longs for dusk…

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Sincere Love

الحب الصادق

هذا محال في القياس بديـع

تعصي الإله وأنت تظهر حبه

إن المحب لمن يحب مطيـع

لو كان حبك صادقا لأطعتـه

منه وأنت لشكر ذاك مضيع

في كل يوم يبتديك بنعمــة

Sincere Love

 From the Dīwān of Imām al-Shāfi‘ī
Translated by Ammar Alshukry

You disobey the Lord while proclaiming His Love
That is impossible, never performed before!
If your love was sincere you would obey Him
Verily the lover is obedient to whom he adores
Every day He precedes you with blessings
From Him, yet appreciating that you ignore

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Business With Faults

الاشتغال بعيوب النفس عن عيوب الآخرين

أشغله عن عيوب غيره ورعه

المرء إن كان عاقلا ورعا

عن وجع الناس كلهم وجعـه

كما العليل السقيم أشغـله

Business With Faults

From the Dīwān of Imām al-Shāfi‘ī
Translated by Ammar Alshukry

A person, if he is wise and pious
Is busied from others’ faults by his own blame
Just as the sickly person is distracted
From the pain of all others by his own pain

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On Advice

فن النصيحة

 

وجنبني النصيحة فيالجماعة

تعمَّدني بنصحك فيانفرادي

من التوبيخ لا أرضىاستماعه

فإن النصح بين الناسنـوع

فلا تجزع إذا لم تعططاعـة

وإن خالفتني وعصيتقولي

 

On Advice

From the Dīwān of Imām al-Shāfi‘ī
Translated by Ammar Alshukry

Seek me while alone if you wish to advise me
And spare me from public recommendations
For public admonitions are a kind
of criticism that is not of my persuasion
So if you disobey me and defy my words
Don’t be surprised if you meet the same equation

وجنبني النصيحة فيالجماعة

تعمَّدني بنصحك فيانفرادي

من التوبيخ لا أرضىاستماعه

فإن النصح بين الناسنـوع

فلا تجزع إذا لم تعططاعـة

وإن خالفتني وعصيتقولي

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Love of the Righteous

*** أحب الصالحين

لعلّي أن أنال بهـم شفاعـة

أحب الصالحين ولست منهم

ولو كنا سـواء في البضاعة

وأكره مَن تجارته المعاصي

 

Love of the Righteous

From the Dīwān of Imām al-Shāfi‘ī
Translated by Ammar Alshukry

I love the righteous though I am not of them
Lest that I receive through them intercession
And I despise those whose transactions are sins
Although we are similar in profession

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Light of Allah

نور الله لا يهدى لعاص

 

فأرشدني إلى تركالمعاصي

شكوت إلى وكيع سوءحفظي

ونور الله لا يهـدىلعـاص

وأخـبرني بأن العـلمنــور

Light of Allah

From the Dīwān of Imām al-Shāfi‘ī
Translated by Ammar Alshukry

I complained to Wakee’ of my poor memory
Leaving sins is what he guided me to address
He informed me that knowledge is a light
And Allah’s light is not gifted to those who transgress

 

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