Ramadan Nights: Allah Bir Muhammed Ali Diyerek

Peace, one and all…

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Tonight’s offering is a beautiful and profound poem by Kul Himmet, a 16th century poet/saint from the Alevi tradition.

Turkish Lyrics

Her sabah her sabah ötüşür kuşlar
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek
Bülbül de gül içün figana başlar
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Kıblemizden kısmetimiz verile
Veysel’kara gitdi Yemen iline
Arıyız uçarız kudret balına
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Biz çekelim İmamların yasını
İşit gerçek erenlerin sesini
İmam Hasan içdi ağu tasını
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Tâlib olan ince elekden elendi
Mümin olan Hak yoluna dolandı
Şah Hüseyin al kanlara boyandı
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

İmam Zeynel paralandı, bölündü
Ol İmam Bâkır’a yüzler sürüldü
Cafer-i Sadık’a erkân verildi
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Gönül kuşun Kalb evinde yuvası
Virdimize düşdü Şah’ın havası
Kâzım, Musa, Ali Rıza duası
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Şah Takî’yle Nakî nur oldu gitdi
Hasan-ül Askerî er oldu gitdi
Mehdî mağarada sır oldu gitdi
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Kenber, Selman, Fatma durdu duaya
Şehriban soyundu, bindi deveye
İsâ kahreyledi, çıkdı havaya
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

Dört kitap yazıldı, dört dine düşdü
Kur’an Muhammed’in virdine düşdü
Kul Himmet pîrinin derdine düşdü
Allah bir Muhammed Ali diyerek

English Translation

Every morning the birds sound together
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali
The nightingale begins a lament for the rose
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Our fate shall turn upon the direction we face
Veysel Karani went to the land of Yemen
We are bees and we fly off for almighty manna
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Let us endure mourning for the Imams
Hear the true voice of the enlightened
Imam Hasan drank the poisoned challice
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

The one who seeks is sifted through a fine mesh
The one who believes turns to the True way
Shah Hüseyin was soaked in scarlet blood
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Imam Zeynel was torn to pieces and portioned
Humble respect was given to the Imam Bakir
The essence of direction was given to Cafer-i Sadık
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

The heart is a bird’s ramshackle nest
The Shah’s desire become our prayers
The prayer of Kâzım, Musa, Ali Rıza
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Shah Taki and Naki went on as light
Hasan-ül Askerî went on as the brave
The Mehdi went on mysterious in the cave
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Kanber, Salman, Fatma stood for the prayer
Shahrbanu was stripped and mounted on the camel
Jesus was distressed and passed unto the air
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Four books were written and passed to four faiths
The Kuran became Muhammed’s prayers
Kul Himmet passed to the sorrow of his saint
Saying Allah is one, Muhammad, Ali

Source & Translation: Paul Koerbin’s excellent Pir Sultan Abdal and Me

Ask olsun! May love increase!

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