July 7th, 2012

Fakhruddin Iraqi - Sufi Poet, Biography


Poetry Chaikhana | Fakhruddin Iraqi - Muslim/Sufi - Poetry, Biography, Books


T
his thirteenth century Persian Sufi poet says what all mystical poets say,
and he says it in a way that really grabs me.
The sacred poet, and the Sufi poet in particular
throws theology and morality to the winds
and abandons himself to what he imagines is God
Call him heretic.  He has more faith (or less, who cares)
than a thousand orthodox believers.

"Whether they know Thee or not
    all creatures of the world
now and forever-without-end
    bend but toward Thee.
All love for someone else
    is but a whiff
Of thy perfume,
    none else can be loved."  -- Fakruddin Iraqi

So much for "idolatry."
So much for denominations and religions
So much for true churches and orthodoxies
There is no place that is or is not a church
All love is love of God
All love is love from God.

Beneath that thing that makes me want to kill,
Beside that thing that makes me want to run,
There is that thing i am
that the poet knows better than i know.