Something Else!

Quarrelsome science of Fatwaa one thing, the meanings [1]
                                                        Something Else!
The man of substance one thing, arena of fights
                                                        Something Else!

The lover if arrives at Its Hearth, religion and judgment unwanted [2]
Reaching the “side of the mountain”, the intent of Moses was
                                                        Something Else!

From Its door to the Gardens, difference between the earth and heavens
The dust at this door one thing, lofty Paradise
                                                        Something Else!

Turning away from the Paradise and Hoor, incongruent to Shariah [3]
In written books, I saw this as Fatwaa, but true righteousness
                                                        Something Else!

Pin not your eyes upon tomorrow like others
Open your eyes today, the way of the blind [4]
                                                        Something Else!

If your heart is broken, indulge upon drunkenness [5]
Breaking the goblet of Majnoon, the intent of Leyli
                                                        Something Else!

[1] Fatwaa is an Islamic religious “due process” for making decisions or finding solutions for day-to-day affairs of the believers. However, this is abused amongst the Muslims and has become the religion itself. Originally it was intended to address new modern issues in the Muslim life but today it is used for changing the teachings of the Prophet for personal power and gain. Often the Moftis, people who issue Fatwaa, they quarrel and argue on silly wording of their orders and Kamaal dismisses them in few words reminding them of sincere men of substance i.e. true belief is something else.

[2] Kamaal narrates that when someone falls in love with the Creator, they do not so because of some dry religious conviction they do so because of deep emotions and passions in their hearts. Today we see on TV people running to places of worship claiming they are the best and they are loved by Allah but in reality they do not love Allah at all, they love the building and the books and their preachers. In order to make the point clear Kamaal uses an example from Koran, when Prophet Moses went to the side of the Mount Sinai he did not do so for simple reasons of travel or exploration, he did so to uncover an amazing conversation and eternal loving relationship with his Maker. Kamaal uses the two Arabic Koranic words ‘Janib’ (side or direction) and ‘Toor’ (Mount Sinai) very pretty poetic expression. (Koran [19:25], [20:80], [28:29], [28:46])

[3] Shariah means the Law the divine religious law especially in Islamic Arabic terms. Again Kamaal emphasizes the importance of not being swayed away by paradigms and metaphors like the Paradise or the virgin maiden dwellers within e.g. Hoor.

[4] Open your heart’s eyes to see that you need to shut your physical eyes to this deceptive world.

[5] When Allah wants your attention, The Majesty breaks youe hearts. In that precise moment of pain and agony we are facing in close proximity the beautiful Face of the Creator. Kamaal encourages us to jump on the opportunity and drink the wine of Its love and become intoxicated with Its passion. The metaphor he uses is that Leyli did not break the goblet of the heart of Majnoon so he would stop loving her but the reverse for Majnoon to love her ever more madly. Leyli & Majnoon is an ancient Arabic tale of two lovers similar to Romeo and Juliet, with Leyli being the female and the male Majnoon, which in Arabic means maddened.

Background: Mount Sinai in Egypt.

© 2003-2002,  By Dara Shayda