Ya ‘Ali, Ya Mut‘ali

We love to love You,
Ya ‘Ali, Ya Mut‘ali,
for You lift our spirits
from within Your Self
to Yourself—
the highest vantage point
is Yours to give,
and so You bestow it,
upon Your servants—
those who understand
that in bowing low they are exalted;
face to Face in prostration
our hearts instinctively call,
“Subhana Rabbiyal ‘Ala,”
and again we acknowledge,
“Subhana Rabbiyal ‘Ala.”
In resonance we are entrained
by heart to know You,
O Subtlest of the subtle
vapor of Love that moves
in the Most Magnificent speed
to raise our station
as You choose—
who give us will
in order to respond
from our own knowing instilled
by You
in every cell that seeks
its highest functioning
in order and in balance.
We see You
because You have seen us
long before our existence,
and beside the Throne
we have declared, “Yes,
You are my Lord,”
and we stand in rectitude
on the path of Your service
that leads us with the stars
to shine in Your Brilliance,
O Allah,
You who are our very essence,
Ya ‘Ali, Ya Mut‘ali,
Ya Nur, Ya Rahim
Ya Haqq al Arsh al Azim,
Ya Latif, Ya Wadud!

~ Camille A. Helminski “Love’ville” 2016

Ya ‘Ali, O Most Sublimely High
Ya Mut‘ali, O Most Exalted Essence,
Ya Nur, O You Who Are Light, Ya Rahim, O Infinitely Merciful,
Ya Haqq al Arsh al Azim, O Truth of the Most Magnificent Throne,
Ya Latif, O Most Subtle and Kind, Ya Wadud, O Love!

He/She knows all that is beyond the reach of a created being’s perception
as well as all that can be witnessed—the Most Great,
the One Who Is Far Above Anything that is or could ever be, the Most Exalted.

To Him/Her belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth:
and He/She is the Most High, the Most Great.

“Subhana Rabbiyal ‘Ala.” (Glory be to my Lord, Most High): this phrase is spoken three times internally with each prostration of prayer of the salah. It is in prostration that we make our miraj (our ascension, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad into the Presence of the Most High).