A Poem in Praise of Imam Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili By Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
The Qutb of all Qutbs throughout times is
Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili;
… An Ocean of Secrets and an Imam of Guidance
For whom the soul is the least price.
He led to the Master and climbed
In virtue to highest peaks
And brought in this discipline what
Made it more august than all branches.
Knowing Allah is his End,
So follow him through this path
And the Messenger of Allah is his Means
So, stick to his Sunnas.
The foundation of his way is built
On the Purification of the Heart from all stains
So, journey with the Single Name O,
You, Sufi! And seek assistance from Allah.
Be absent, and annihilate from all beings, as
No one remains save he who is annihilated in Him;
And enter the doors of the Unseen and ask
Whatever you want, but guard the secrets
Drink the glass of Gnosis and taste
The Secret of Tawheed and be not
Make due the love for the men of Allah
And the love for the Imam of all of them Abul Hasan
Stick yourself to the pure thresholds
If you come to Humaithara, where is the home
And in ‘Aydhaab stop and sink your cheeks in the soil
And put your soul in the grave and a guarantee
Be thankful to Allah and pray on
Taha in secret and in public
And on Ahlul bayt all,
O friend and give salutations while you humble yourself
The son of al-Yaqoubi has come with
No claims, dressed only in the cloths of his coffin
So, turn to him O my master
And to all of us with your bounties
Written (and translated into English from Arabic) by the noble Shaykh on his way to the shrine of Imam Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili in Egypt, 14th August 2004.