My Lord

by Rahman Baba

English version by Robert Sampson and Momin Khan
Original Language Pashto

Look! My Lord is such a great doer of things,
That my Lord commands full authority.

Of great and virtuous people that one can name,
My Lord is beyond them all.

He is not dependent upon others for his needs.
My Lord owes nothing to anyone.

He created life from nothingness.
My Lord is this kind of creator.

He has fashioned all created things.
My Lord hears all speech.

Of which there is no similarity of likeness,
My Lord is the maker of such scents.

Of every structure in this world or the one to come,
My Lord is mason of them all.

He is the reader of unwritten scriptures,
My Lord is the knower of all secrets.

The overt, the covert and the part-known,
My Lord knows them all.

What is created, what is concealed, what is between,
My Lord is aware of them all.

He does not have any associate in his kingdom,
My Lord is a king without a partner.

His oneness is not due to weakness,
For my Lord is infinite in one body.

He needs friendship from no one,
Whose friend is my Lord?

I don't need to look elsewhere,
For my Lord is with me in my home.

He is not transformed or changed O Rahman!
My Lord is always constant.

-- from The Poetry of Rahman Baba: Poet of the Pashtuns, translated by Robert Sampson and Momin Khan (available from )

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