Introduction by Professor
Khalil Khatib Rahbar University of Tehran
Shamsed-din (Sun of the
Religion) Mohammad a.k.a Hafiz (The title for a person who has
memorized the entire Koran) one of the most remarkable Orafa (Sufi
Gnostic) and a brilliant genius of humanities born around 700 (HQ) or
1200 (CE) in Shiraz Iran. Not much is known about his life, perhaps by
his own volition. He did not busy himself with the arts of poetry
instead most of his life he memorized and studied Koran and Koranic
sciences. In spite of his lack of effort in poetry, his poetic work has
strongly influenced the poets of India, Turkistan, Iraq and Azerbaijan.
Due to this life-long study of
Koran, his poetry is riddled by Koranic phrases and inspired by Koranic
concepts. His voyage on the Path of Love was gradual, accomplished
small steps at a time and indeed his poems are the travel journal of
this voyage to chart his spiritual conquests.
Kharaabaat (The Ruins) is the
tavern of Ma’reft (Divine Noesis) wherein the selfishness and
self-worship is destroyed and therefore called the ruins. Ruined is the
Zahir (Outer Manifest) and cultivated is the Baten (Depth Within).
Hafiz has drunk the wine of Ma’refat (Divine Noesis) and ruined his
hypocrisy, indeed he has worked very hard to be one faced:Tthe face of
his heart within.
He did not believe in
meditation via hardship, hunger and suffering, instead he believed in
serving the people as a servant (Khadem: Service Provider). True
sincerity (Ikhlaas) is via serving the needy. He avoided by all means
academic titles and careers, which they were readily due to him had he
Addition by Dara:
Hafiz was a not a womanizer
drunk alcoholic as the Iranian morons falsely libeled him. Next to his
poems the painters put the pictures of women offering wine to a dirty
old man with sleepy eyes and that was for the following reasons:
loving lewd Iranians who needed an excuse from a religious and
spiritual leader in order to consume intoxicants and unlawful
intercourse with women.
who needed to slender Hafiz to discredit him as a religious and
spiritual leader and indeed Sufism at large.
and publishing industry that needed a myth to draw strong attraction
out of the innocent Iranian youth. Every household have his Divan
originally because they learnt the Koran and Sufism from it but later
on was used to draw people to vices.
Western Sufis should take heed
and stay away from such blatant fraud and slender. Write the publishers
and fame-hungry ignorant authors who are blowing death into Western
Sufism by means of such blasphemous strategies.
May Allah Almighty clear the
name of Hafiz, expose his slanders and bring to light the genius of
this young man to the West as well as humanity at large.
Dara O. Shayda