A leaf with verses from The Wine Ode by ‘Umar Ibn al-Farid

A leaf with verses from The Wine Ode by 'Umar Ibn al-Farid

‘Umar Ibn al-Farid (1181–1235, Egypt) lived much of his life in Mecca after having been told he would never find enlightenment in Cairo. Known for his adept use of mystical symbols and rich language, Ibn al-Farid wrote The Poem of the Sufi Way and The Wine Ode (image below), a meditation on the “wine” of divine love: Be drunk from it / if only for the life of an hour / and you will see time a willing slave/ under your command.