Category Archives: Qasa’id

Qasidah Al-Shathiyyah

“The Theophany Ode” [qasidatu-sh shathiyyah] is another poem in the tradition of al-khamriyyah attributed to Sayyidna-sh Shaikh ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, may Allah be well pleased with him. It is the penultimate ode in the revered liturgical work of the ‘Arusi-Qadiri way, Ratib Jalaliyyah. In Sufi terminology, shath (شطح), pl. shatahât (شطحات), refers to divinely inspired ecstatic […]

Qasidah Al-Khamriyyah

The use of symbolism to illustrate devotional acts, spiritual states and mystical terminologies is primeval. In this regard, the use of wine, goblets, tavern, cupbearers, and intoxication as metaphors is ubiquitous in Sufi discourse and literature. It will appear blasphemous to the uninitiated to find symbols of immorality given such an extraordinary rank. It is […]