Poem of the Atoms, by Dschalal ad-Din ar-Rumi
O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing.
overcome with ecstasy,
Free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered,
we are all beings in the ray of light from the beloved,
nothing can be said.
~ Dschalal ad-Din ar-Rumi
“Prayer is not a request for something: it is the expression of a mode of being, a means of existing and of causing to exist.” ~ Henry Corbin
The Islamic world is not a monolith and never was. There is an Arab Islam, an Arab Syrian Islam, a Malaysian Islam, an Indian Islam and so on.