Abdul-Qader Bedil
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Muslim / Sufi

Poems by Abdul-Qader Bedil
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Abdul-Qader Bedil (also written Abd al-Qadir Bidil) is also respectfully referred to as Abu Al-ma'ani ("father of meaning") Bedil.

There are conflicting reports of where Abdul-Qader Bedil was born. Some traditions give his birthplace as Azimabad in present day India, others say he is from Khwaja Rawash in the Kabul region of Afghanistan. There seems little debate, however, that his family originally came from Afghanistan and at some point moved to India as part of the Muslim Mughal court.

Abu Al-ma'ani Bedil wrote extensively -- poetry, philosophy, wisdom stories, and riddles -- and most of his writings remain with us today. He advocated religious tolerance and taught a doctrine of the Unity of Being (Wahdat al-Wujud) similar to Ibn Arabi.

Abu Al-ma'ani Bedil's work has been hugely influential upon Persian Sufi thinkers and poets in Afghanistan, as well as a rich source of material for classical music in the area.

Just as he has two birthplaces, Abu Al-ma'ani Bedil also has two tombs, one in Delhi, India and one in Khwaja Rawash, Afghanistan.

Poems by Abdul-Qader Bedil

Recommended Books: Abdul-Qader Bedil

Love's Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition The Ocean of Unity: Wahdat al-wujud in Persian, Turkish, and Malay poetry

Related Links

Abdul-Qader Bedil - Wikipedia

A brief sketch of the life and writings of Abdul-Qader Bedil.

Bedil, Rumi Balkhi and Dari Art and Literature

A very nice site in both Persian and English with a short biography of Bedil and a few verses translated into English.

Virtual Afghans - Afghan Poetry - Bedil

A quick introduction to Bedil's influences and philosophy.
Abdul-Qader Bedil