[In the name of Allah the most benovelent the most merciful]
At the ocean, beneath the bright galaxy
Two of the aged visited and accompanied my soul
Watching stars at the peaceful clear night sky
Those two were umar al-khayyami and ibn al-arabi.
And we saw a dazzling star showing its mercy and tenderness.
Like those shown by a compassionate mother.
“It is the moon, the caring,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “adam (Adam) is the caring.”
“And so were luth (Lot), ya’qub (Jacob) and zakariya (Zacharia),” spoke my soul.
Higher, we saw a sparkling star of extraordinary mind and speeches.
“It is the mercury, the gifted,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “isa (Jesus from Nazaret) is the gifted.”
“And so were ishaq (Isaac), syu’ayb (Shuaib) and yahya (John),” spoke my soul.
Higher, we saw a splendid star showing its wonderful peace and gentleness.
“It is the venus, the gracious,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “yusuf (Joseph) is the gracious.”
“And so were isma’il (Ismaeel), dzulkifli (Dhulkifli) and alyasa’a (Elisa),” spoke my soul.
Then we saw a radiant star of strong will and undeniable determination.
“Like the sun, the great,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “Idris (Akhnookh/Enoch) is the great.”
“And so were nuh (Noah), dawud (David) and ayyub (Job),” spoke my soul.
And we saw a striking star of courage and brave heart.
“It is the mars, the hero,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “harun (Aaron) is the hero.”
“And so were hud (Hood), shalih (Saleeh) and ilyas (Elias),” spoke my soul.
Higher, we saw an astounding star of highest learning and bright vision.
“It is the jupiter, the knowing,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “musa (Moses) is the knowing.”
“And so were khidhr (Al-Khidr), sulayman (Solomon) and yunus (Jonah),” spoke my soul.
Higher, we saw a fabulous star of tremendous devotion and discipline.
“It is the saturn, the father,” told khayyami
Arabi said, “ibrahim (Abraham) is the virtuous father of the ancient prophets.”
“And muhammad (Muhammad) is the father of all virtuous men of truth;
Who is knowing, heroic, great, gracious, gifted and caring,” spoke my soul.
And we heard a glorious chorus singing:
“Muhammad is the light
Blessed by The Light
To enlighten the world
With love and wisdom
Peace be upon muhammad
The beloved, the chosen”
O it was the song of the divine
The song of angles’ prayer
A never- ending song
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Now I have opened my eyes
Coming back from the unseen world of the universe
Writing the journey of my soul in the wide hidden ocean
Wondering when I can see again those wonders of clear signs
O sisters, brothers
Praise to Him, The Light enlightening man to see the beauties of the prophets
Praise to Him, The Guide guiding man through the lights of the prophets
Praise be to ALLAH for all His blessing on earth and seven heavens.
Notice: Umar al-Khayyami, Ancient Astronomer (1048-1131)
Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn al-Arabi, Ancient Sufi (1165-1240)
(Jakarta, Sunday, 6 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1423AH/May 19, 2002)