Aug 21 2020

Muhammad Shirin Maghribi – The Moon of Your Love

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The Moon of Your Love
by Muhammad Shirin Maghribi

English version by David & Sabrineh Fideler

Not a single soul lacks
a pathway to you.

There’s no stone,
no flower —
not a single piece of straw —
lacking your existence.

In every particle of the world,
the moon of your love
causes the heart
of each atom to glow.

— from Love’s Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition, Translated by David Fideler / Translated by Sabrineh Fideler


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When I first discovered this poem I instantly fell in love with it.

Not a single soul lacks
a pathway to you.

This simple statement is so profoundly healing to the questing human heart.

In a world that places so many demands upon us, in which we pile up our own countless goals and deadlines, it becomes all too easy to feel lost and separated from the Divine. But it is never so…

There’s no stone,
no flower —
not a single piece of straw —
lacking your existence.

The pathway is to simply and entirely recognize the divine existence already present.

We imagine Herculean efforts are required, isolation, smothering asceticism, travels to exotic lands. We forget that the holiest place we can discover is immediately behind the breastbone.

Every effort, in the end, is to reach exhaustion, until we are finally too tired to continue telling ourselves stories about our lives. Finally, finally we fall silent. Finally, we witness ourselves as we are.

What we discover leaves us speechless.

In every particle of the world,
the moon of your love
causes the heart
of each atom to glow.

Every effort, the entire pathway, leads to precisely one step: a step out of the way. That’s when real opening occurs, and it is effortless. The love and light already present blossom within the heart. And every atom, all the universe, is lit up with us.

(You think I’m just spinning another pretty story, don’t you?)


Recommended Books: Muhammad Shirin Maghribi

Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi Love’s Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition A Critical Edition of the Divan of Muhammad Shirin Maghribi


Muhammad Shirin Maghribi

Iran/Persia (1349 – 1408) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Mulla Muhammad Shirin Maghribi was a hugely influential Sufi poet, as well as a world-traveler and a student of the great Sufi philosopher ibn Arabi.

The name Maghribi refers to the Mahgrib region of northwest Africa around Morocco, but Maghribi was actually born in Persia. Some sources state he was born in Tabriz, while others say he was born in the village of Ammand near Lake Urumiya. He picked up the nickname Maghribi because he famously journeyed through the Mahgrib region of North Africa.

Maghribi is said to have received illumination during an arba’een (a Shi’a religious gathering in honor of Husayn) under the guidance of his spiritual sheikh.

Much of Maghribi’s poetry elucidates the Sufi notion of Unity of Being. The style and focus of Maghribi’s poetry is sometimes compared with Shabistari’s, another great Persian Sufi poet. Maghribi’s poetry in turn, influenced the styles of other Sufi poets, such as Shah Nimatullah Vali.

Maghribi’s poetry has had such resonance that many of his poetic utterances have become popular proverbs in Persian.

More poetry by Muhammad Shirin Maghribi

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3 Responses to “Muhammad Shirin Maghribi – The Moon of Your Love”

  1. Mystic Meanderingon 21 Aug 2020 at 10:41 am

    Beautiful… Yes, “simply *recognize* the Divine Existence within us,” *recognizing* the Glow of the Primordial Love within; which I discovered is “different” than the “unconditional love” that we try to express. As you say, this Love that Maghribi speaks of is effortless, it just flows – not an object called “love”, or something to attain – but is pure and perpetual… Love-loving…
    Thank you as always for your words of inspiration here… _/\_

  2. Raijaon 21 Aug 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    Thank you for a lovely poem! It touches me deeply.

    Yours Sincerely

    Raija

  3. Desert Debon 03 Sep 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I love the redirection– from myriad practices– to the still and near place ‘behind the breastbone.’ Namaste.

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