Monday, May 26, 2008



Dear Friends,

This post is dedicated to the Almighty. There are so many names for him, but, he is the one creator for all. This Sufi poem is dedicated to the one, who we call by so many names.

There are so many names that people have given the Creator that is a short story by Arthur C Clarke entitled "The Nine Billion Names of God" a monastery trying to compile these names by hand figured it would take fifteen thousand years to do so. (

Rehmans prayer is simple and universal, you will surely find the sentiments echoed in all religions:

the song is entitled

Allah Huu

Here is a small piece:

Allah huu Allah huu Allah huu Allah huu
ye zamiin jab na thii, ye jahaaN jab na thaa

chaaNd suraj na the, aasmaaN jab na thaa
raaz-e-haq bhii kisii par ayaaN jab na thaa
jab na thaa kuch yahaaN, thaa magar tuu hi tuu

My translation:

Sufi mystic chants.

Once when there was neither the ground nor the world
There was neither the moon, the sun or the firmament,
Then, even the essence of truth was unknown.
At that time there existed nothing but you.

This sufi verse is beautifully sung in the Qawwali style by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan:
About Qawwali from Wikipedia:

"Qawwali (Urdu/Persian: قوٌالی; Punjabi/Multani: ਖ਼ਵ੍ਵਾਲੀ, قوٌالی; Brajbhasha/Hindi: क़व्वाली) is a form of Sufi devotional music popular on the Indian subcontinent. It's a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Originally performed mainly at Sunni Sufi shrines throughout the subcontinent, it has also gained mainstream popularity. Qawwali music received international exposure through the work of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, largely due to several releases on the Real World label, followed by live appearances at WOMAD festivals. Often listeners, and even artists themselves, are transported to a state of wajad, a trance-like state where they feel at one with God, generally considered to be the height of spiritual ecstasy in Sufism. Although famous throughout the world, its economic and spiritual hub remains the Punjab province of Pakistan from where it gained entry into the mainstream commercial music industry and international fame.


Peace my friends

Rehman of Multan

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