What Is It that I Seek?
By Akbar Ahmed
Washington , DC


A force of such might

it sets me free

A light so bright

It blinds me


I heard it in the voice of the nightingale

I know it was in the hearts of the wise

I sensed it in the lover’s tale

I saw it in your eyes


I heard it in Rumi’s poetry

I know it was in Gandhi’s gaze

I sensed it in Mandela’s oratory

I saw it in Jesus’ ways


What is this riddle and what is its part?

What is this enigma and mystery?

What can reveal the secrets of the heart?

What has the power to change me?


It is God’s greatest gift

It raises us high above

It is the bridge over the rift

It is love, love, love


Give it in generous measure

Give it as if there’s no tomorrow

Give to all you meet this treasure

Give it and banish sorrow



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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