May 1 Urs of Pirani Amina Begum, 1949CE

Pirani Amina Begum

In Loving Memory of Pirani Amina Begum

Pirani Ameena Begum 8 May 1892 – 1 May 1949

Born Ora Ray Baker in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, the wife of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, and the mother of their four children Noor-un-Nisa (1914), Vilayat (1916), Hidayat (1917) and Khair-un-Nisa (1919).

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Pirani Begum left a collection of 101 poems called “A Rosary of One Hundred and One Beads”. Some poems were lost in the war of 1940 but 54 have been preserved and were published in the text titled: ONCE UPON A TIME, Early Days Stories About My Beloved Father and Mother, by Hidayat Inayat-Khan

Pearls from the Ocean Unseen – Poem Nr. 27
by Pirani Amina Begum

O Pearls from the ocean unseen
Priceless and beyond compare,
Long sought by many a marine
In earnest unceasing prayer.
Thro’ the depths of the waters pure,
Various divers plunged to seek
Ye Pearls, until at last secure
In the hands of Him, so meek.
And He giveth ye to the world
To enlighten some few souls,
With hearts waiting to be unfurled,
By the Message that consoles.
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