Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland
"One of Britain’s most important and original poets"
- Richard Lance Keeble
Sniff it when you see the blank wall bloom
and try not to name it - rose or jasmine -
just say YOU over and over to the Beloved.
from The Beloved
We soldier on, picking up debris
a burning wind throws against
his infant land.
from Infant Land
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Servant of the Loving One
– Tea Over Books at Cambridge Muslim College
"Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad speaks to Paul Abdul Wudud Sutherland, a weather-beaten old soul who came to Islam in 2004."
His book, "Servant of the Loving One", is a compelling read, is imbued in an indelible love and longing for his Shaykh who passed away in May 2014, for his loved ones and ultimately for the divine. This fascinating work, which is comprised of poetry and prose, reveals Sutherland’s subtle encounters with his Shaykh, the late Naqhshbandi spiritual master, may Allah bless him.