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Poetry on Prophet Muhammad by Imam Abu al-Abbas Abdullah b. Muhammad al-Naashi

September 9, 2017 Leave a comment

 

I praised the Messenger of God, seeking by praising him a plenitude of the best of rewards for myself;

I praised a man beyond praise, unique in his qualities, far beyond others far or near,

A Prophet whose light shone high in places east, his gifts apparent to the people of places west.

The prophets brought him to us before his coming, news of him spreading on all sides.

The foretelling divines began calling his name, using it to fend off the impact of misleading ideas.

Idols were given voice declaring to God their innocence of those who told the untruths.

They spoke in clear words to the unbelievers, ‘A prophet has come to you from Lu’ayy b. Ghalib.

And evil spirits wanted to eavesdrop hut shooting stars scattered them from their seats.

He led us to where we would never have found our way, so lengthy was our blmdness to clear philosophies.

He brought evidences showing that they were signs from one Almighty in reward and punishment

One of which was the splitting of the moon in two, mountain tops then being covered as if by a turban by the moonbeams.

And another was the rising of water springs between his fingertips while no wells or pools were near.

And another was the rising of water springs between his fingertips while no wells or pools were near.

By it he quenched the thirst of a large crowd; and the water flowed into rivulets in all directions, down to the plain land.

And a well brimmed over at his arrow’s touch, one before too dry for a single drinker’s palate.

And the udder flowed to his palm’s rub, which before when squeezed for liquid had no teat to respond to a milkman’s touch.

And there was eloquent utterance from the hand of a fortune teller about plans of an enemy bent on attack.

And his being told of matters before their being, and of the after-effects to come when these did arise.

And from those signs there was revelation he brought, one that is expedient, to come with a multitude of wonders.

Thought could not conceive of it (Quran), and so the like of which no eloquent man could articulate, nor did it occur to the mind of any preacher.

It encompassed all knowledge, embraced all wisdom, eluding the aim of the scheming and deceitful.

He brought it to us, not through a trickster’s tales, a scribe’s pages, or an author’s description.

Revelation comes to him sometimes to answer a questioner, to respond to a solution seeker, or in the exhortation of someone who is conversing;

For the bringing of proofs, the imposition of laws, the telling of narration, or the interpretation of purpose;

For the quotation of proverbs, the proving of a case, the revealing of some disbeliever, or the suspension of a liar;

In the meeting of some assembly, in the thick of some battle, or as difficult, puzzling problems occur.

So, it came down in different ways, with straight-out meaning and flowing varieties.

Its verses confirm each other, as if their meanings were scrutinized by a watchful eye.

And the inability of man to achieve such as we have described is well known by the many who attempted (to imitate it).

 

[Al-Sira al-Nabawiyyah, vol. 1, pg. 78-79]

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Pre-Islamic poetry by a mother to her son on the sanctity of Ka’bah

August 5, 2017 Leave a comment

 

Subay’a, daughter of al-Ahabb, spoke the following verses for her son Khalid b. ‘Abd Manaf b. Ka’b b. Sa’d b. Taym b. Murra b. Ka’b b. Lu’ayy b. Ghalib, telling him to avoid sinning in Mecca and reminding him what Tubba (Yemeni ruler) had done there:

 

“0 my son, in Mecca, neither do wrong to the young nor to the old.
Preserve its sanctity, my son, and let not conceit confuse you.
Whoever sins in Mecca, my son, meets extreme disaster.
His face, my son, shall be beaten, his cheeks consumed by fire.
I have tested this there, my son, and found those harming it perish.
God made it secure, though no towers are built in its courtyards.
God made its birds inviolate and also the white-footed crows on Mt. Thabir.
Tubba’* raided it but dressed its buildings with new, smooth cloth.

My God humbled his power there, so he made proper sacrifice,
Walking barefoot towards it, in its courtyard,
And offering two thousand camels,
Well-feeding its people the flesh of Mahry camels and cattle,
Giving them strained honey and barley-water to drink.
And God destroyed the army of the elephants, casting rocks amongst them,
Ending their rule in far distant lands, in Persia and Khazir.
So hear when this is told, and understand how things ended.”

 

*Tubban (Yemeni ruler) As’ad Abu Karib was asked to come and plunder Kabah as it contains pearls, chrysolite, sapphires, gold, and silver according to them. King asked two Jewish rabbis about this and they warned him not to go ahead with this plan as he would perish if he tries to destroy it. Instead, they asked him to respect it and do the same as those living there. He was the first to clothe the Ka’bah and made for it a door and a key.

 

[By Ibn Ishaq as mentioned in Al-Sira al-Nabawiyyah, vol. 1, pg. 14-15]

 

O Muslim youth, have you ever stopped and pondered- Muhammed Iqbal


 

O Muslim youth, have you ever stopped and pondered
Of which sky was it, that you are now a fallen star?
You were nurtured in the loving care of such a people
Who trampled Crowns of Royalty under their feet.

 

 

They established exalted civilizations, Providing law (Shariah) and Leadership
Those deserted folk from Arabia, who cradled their camels.

 

 

Their pride was in their glorious deeds and their simplicity
Why would such a beautiful face feel the need for moles and art?

 

 

They lived their lives for Allah with such modest
With such pride, that the generous dare not give them alms.

 

 

Upon impulse, what can I say to you, Regarding who were those desert folk
Except , Conquerors, Emperors, Protectors and illumination of the world.

 

 

O Muslim youth, have you ever stopped and pondered
Of which sky was it, that you are now a fallen star?
You were nurtured in the loving care of such a people
Who trampled Crowns of Royalty under their feet.

 

 

If I wish, I could take those visions and put them into words
Perhaps that spectacle would be far better than all of your thoughts.

 

 

You cannot claim any relationship with your Forefathers
You merely speak while they acted, You stay rooted while they went out forth

 

 

Why weep over the loss of governance. It was just a World affair
In the sight of the World, there is no other remedy except from the Muslims

 

 

Alas! Those pearls of knowledge, the books by our forefathers
To see them made use of in Europe, ones heart become filled with grief.

 

 

O Muslim youth, have you ever stopped and pondered
Of which sky was it, that you are now a fallen star?
You were nurtured in the loving care of such a people
Who trampled Crowns of Royalty under their feet.

 

Manners of Learning – Imam As-Shafi’ee


 

Be patient with the bitterness of an aloof teacher
For the embedding of knowledge is when he repels
And whoever never tastes the bitterness of learning
Swallows the humiliation of ignorance as long as he dwells

 

And whoever misses learning whilst young and in bloom
Then make takbir on him four times due to his demise
For that youth, by Allah! If not for knowledge and piety
There is no regard to of what else his character’s comprised

 

[Translation by Ammar AlShukry]

A call to travel- A Poem by Imam As-Shafi’ee


There is no rest in residence for a person of culture
and intellect, so travel and leave where you’re residing!
Travel! You will find a replacement for what you have left.
And strive! The sweetness of life is in striving!

I’ve seen that water stagnates if still
becomes pure if it runs, but not if it doesn’t flow
If the lion doesn’t leave his den he cannot hunt,
and the arrow will not strike without leaving its bow

If the sun stood still in its heavenly course
then people, Arab and non-Arab, it would bore
Gold dust is as the earth where commonly found,
and in its land, oud  is but another wood in store

If one travels, he becomes sought out
If one travels , he is honored like gold.

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Let the Days- A Poem by Imam As-Shafi’ee


 

Let the days go as they please
And be optimistic when destiny decrees
Do not despair due to the events of nights past
For the events of this world were not meant to last

 

And be a man who, in the face of fear is strong
With loyalty and forbearance adorned
And if your mistakes are many amongst the folk 
And you wish to have for those mistakes a cloak

 

Then conceal them with generosity as hence
Every fault is covered as –  is said- by benevolence
And do not show weakness to an enemy
For dispersion of foes is a calamity

 

Generosity cannot be hoped from the miserly
For no water exists in the Fire for the thirsty
And your rizq will not decrease though late it may arrive
And it will not increase though one may slave and strive

 

No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity
Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury
If you are the owner of a heart that is content
Then you and the owner of the world are equivalent

 

And for him upon whose horizon death descends,
No earth can offer him protection, nor any sky defend
The earth of Allah is certainly vast and infinite
But if decree descends, then all the sky constricts

 

Let the days betray every once in a while
For there is no medicine that will protect from death

[Translation by Ammar Al Shukry]

A Hundred Line Poem Recounting the Life of the Most Noble of all Creation by ‘Alee ibn ‘Alee ibn Muhammad ibn Abil-‘Izz al-Hanafee


 

A poem composed by ibn Abil-‘Izz al-Hanafee, author of Sharh al-‘Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah. The poem presents a summarized timeline of important events which occurred throughout the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]

Translated by Aboo Shaybah

[1] All praise is for Allaah, The Eternal, The Maker;
followed by His salaah upon the chosen one.

 

[2] Here is the Messenger’s biography
in poem form with succinct sections.

 

[3] His birth was on the tenth of the distinguished month,
Rabee‘ al-Awwal, in the year of the elephant.

 

[4] However, the common view is that it was the twelfth,
on a Monday at the break of dawn,

 

[5] corresponding to the twentieth of April.
Prior to that, his father passed away.

 

[6] Two years later he was weaned
and brought back safe and sound by his wetnurse,

 

[7] Haleemah, to his mother. She then returned
with him to her own family as she had desired.

 

[8] Two months later his belly was cleaved open,
though some say it was when he was four years old.

 

[9] At six years and one month, while returning,
his mother passed away at al-Abwaa’.

 

[10] And his paternal grandfather, ‘Abdul-Muttalib,
passed away while he was eight, no lie.

 

[11] Then his paternal uncle, Aboo Taalib, took on
his guardianship, and later to ash-Shaam he travelled.

 

[12] That was while he was twelve years old
and the well-known incident with Baheeraa took place.

 

[13] The best of mankind again travelled to ash-Shaam
at the age of twenty five – remember it –

 

[14] as a trader for our mother, Khadeejah,
and he returned that year after profitable trade, happy.

 

[15] In that year was his marriage to her,
and he later consummated his marriage with her.

 

[16] All his children were from her except Ibraaheem.
The first to earn that distinction was al-Qaasim.

 

[17] Then came Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Faatimah,
and Umm Kulthoom, who was the last of the girls;

 

[18] and At-Taahir, At-Tayyib, ‘Abdullaah;
but some say each name belonged to a separate beautiful child.

 

[19] All of them tasted death during his lifetime,
except Faatimah who died half-a-year after him.

 

[20] At thirty five he participated
in rebuilding the House of Allaah after its dilapidation.

 

[21] They appointed him to arbitrate and accepted his solution
for putting the Black Stone into place.

 

[22] At the age of forty he was sent as a Messenger;
on a Monday with certainty – so convey it –

 

[23] during Ramadaan or Rabee’ al-Awwal,
and Soorah “Iqra’ ” was the first of the revelation.

 

[24] Then wudoo’ and salaah he was taught
by Jibreel, as two complete units of prayer.

 

[25] Then, after the passing of twenty full days,
enormous, terrifying stars pelted the Jinn.

 

[26] Then, in the fourth year, he called
openly to Islaam as commanded.

 

[27] Four women along with twelve
men among the Companions all migrated

 

[28] to the lands of Habashah in the fifth year.
The same year, they returned, but went back without blame.

 

[29] They were eighty three men
accompanied by a group completing their total number;

 

[30] and they were eighteen women. Later on,
in the sixth year, Hamzah – al-Asad – accepted Islaam.

 

[31] Nine years after his Messengership
came the death of Aboo Taalib, his guardian;

 

[32] followed by Khadeejah who passed away
after three days had elapsed.

 

[33] After fifty and a quarter years, Islaam was embraced
by the Jinn of Naseebeen, who then departed – let it be known.

 

[34] Thereafter, he married Sawdah
in Ramadaan; followed by

 

[35] his marriage to the daughter of as-Siddeeq in Shawwaal.
At the age of fifty one

 

[36] he was taken by night, and the salawaat were obligated;
five with the reward of fifty, as authentically preserved.

 

[37] The first bay‘ah was with twelve
of the people from Taybah, as has been mentioned.

 

[38] At the age of fifty two came
seventy in the Hajj season – and this is confirmed –

 

[39] from Taybah. They pledged allegiance, and he later left
Makkah on a Monday in the month Safar.

 

[40] Thus, the one contented arrived in Taybah, for certain,
having reached the age of fifty three

 

[41] on a Monday. He remained there
for ten full years as we shall recount.

 

[42] In the first year, salaah of a resident was made complete,
this was after he prayed Jumu‘ah – listen to my words.

 

[43] He then constructed a masjid at Qubaa’,
as well as the masjid in the noble city, al-Madeenah.

 

[44] Then, around it, he built his dwellings.
Later this year arrived

 

[45] less than half of those who had travelled
to the lands of Habashah when they migrated.

 

[46] In the same year, the noblest of all elite established ties of brotherhood
between the Muhaajireen and Ansaar.

 

[47] He then consummated marriage with the daughter of his best Companion,
and legislated the athaan, so follow his example.

 

[48] The battle of al-Abwaa’ took place afterwards, in Safar.
Subsequently, in the second year, combat spread

 

[49] to Buwaat and then Badr. The obligation
of redirecting the Qiblah came in the middle of Rajab

 

[50] following Thil-‘Ushayr, o my brothers.
Fasting for a month was obligated in Sha‘baan,

 

[51] and the major clash which was at Badr
happened during fasting, on the seventeenth of the month.

 

[52] Zakaah al-Fitr was obligated in it
following Badr by ten nights.

 

[53] There is difference regarding Zakaah al-Maal – you must realize this.
The daughter of the righteous Prophet passed away,

 

[54] Ruqayyah, prior to the army’s return;
she was the wife of ‘Uthmaan. The marriage of the chaste

 

[55] Faatimah to the esteemed ‘Alee.
And al-‘Abbaas accepted Islaam after being taken captive.

 

[56] And as for Qaynuqaa‘, battle with them ensued afterwards.
And he sacrificed on the ‘Eed of slaughter.

 

[57] And the battle of as-Saweeq, then Qarqarah.
And combat in the third year spread further

 

[58] to Ghatafaan and Banee Sulaym.
Umm Kulthoom, daughter of the noble esteemed,

 

[59] was married to ‘Uthmaan and he earned this distinction.
And the Prophet later married Hafsah,

 

[60] and Zaynab also; then headed to Uhud for battle
– in the month of Shawwaal – and Hamraa’ al-Asad.

 

[61] Intoxicants were prohibited undoubtedly – so listen –
and that year his grandson, al-Hasan, was born.

 

[62] In the fourth year, battle reached
Banee an-Nadeer in Rabee‘ al-Awwal.

 

[63] Then followed the death of Zaynab, the aforementioned,
and afterwards, marriage to Umm Salamah,

 

[64] and the daughter of Jahsh. Then, to Badr as appointed
followed by al-Ahzaab – so listen and keep count –

 

[65] then Banee Quraythah, though regarding these two
there is difference. And at Thaat ar-Riqaa‘ he taught

 

[66] how to pray Salaah al-Khawf; and prayer was shortened, as reported.
and the verses about hijaab and tayammum.

 

[67] Some said and his stoning of the two Jews,
and the birth of his lovely grandson, al-Husayn.

 

[68] In the fifth year – listen and trust me – was
the slander during the battle of Banee al-Mustaliq.

 

[69] Doomah al-Jandal happened before that. And also
he wed the daughter of al-Haarith later on, and consummated.

 

[70] His marriage to Rayhaanah was in the fifth.
Then Banee Lihyaan was at the beginning of the sixth year.

 

[71] After that, his istisqaa’ prayer, and Thoo Qarad,
and he was obstructed from performing ‘Umrah as he wished.

 

[72] Bay‘ah ar-Ridwaan came first, and he consummated
that year his marriage with Rayhaanah, as clarified.

 

[73] And Hajj was obligated, though with difference – so take heed –
and the conquest of Khaybar was in the seventh year.

 

[74] The meat of domestic donkeys was prohibited
that year, as well as the corrupt Mut‘ah form of marriage.

 

[75] He later married Umm Habeebah
and her mahr on his behalf an-Najaashee paid.

 

[76] A lamb was poisoned and offered as a gift,
and he later chose for himself the pure Safiyyah.

 

[77] She came, as well as all the remaining migrants.
And marriage to Maymoonah was the last.

 

[78] Prior to that was the Islaam of Aboo Hurayrah,
and after was the famous ‘Umrah al-Qadaa’.

 

[79] And the envoys in the sanctified month of Muharram
he sent them to the kings – so know this.

 

[80] Presented as a gift was Maariyah al-Qibtiyyah
that year. Then in the eigth year was a sariyyah

 

[81] which headed to Mu’tah. And during fasting
the conquest of al-Balad al-Haraam took place.

 

[82] After it, they relate what happened during
the day at Hunayn, and then the day at at-Taa’if.

 

[83] Later, in Thul-Qa‘dah, he performed ‘Umrah
from al-Ji‘irraanah, and he was settled.

 

[84] His daughter, Zaynab, passed away and then
Ibraaheem was born in it, surely.

 

[85] And turn was given to ‘Aa’ishah by
Sawdah for as long as she remained alive.

 

[86] The minbar was made and placed conspicuously,
and ‘Attaab led the people in Hajj.

 

[87] Then expedition to Tabook was in the ninth year
and he demolished Masjid ad-Diraar, removing its harm.

 

[88] Aboo Bakr led the people in Hajj, and there
‘Alee recited “Baraa’ah” and decisively declared

 

[89] that no mushrik would again perform Hajj, and none
unclothed would make Tawaaf – they both carried out as instructed.

 

[90] Delegations came in plenty, one after the next,
and he swore he would not go to his womenfolk for a month.

 

[91] He announced the death of an-Najaashee and prayed
upon him from Taybah, earning him great virtue.

 

[92] Ibraaheem passed away in the final year
and al-Bajalee accepted Islaam, and his name was Jareer.

 

[93] He performed the Farewell Hajj as a Qaarin
and he stopped on a Friday during it in security.

 

[94] And revealed that day was a glad tiding for you:
This day I have perfected for you your religion.

 

[95] Rayhaanah’s death was after his return,
and the nine lived on after him.

 

[96] And on a Monday he finished – for certain –
having completed sixty three.

 

[97] He was laid to rest in the dwelling of the daughter of as-Siddeeq
at the location of his death, precisely determined.

 

[98] The duration of his illness was two-fifths of a month,
but some say it was a third and a fifth – know this.

 

[99] This concludes the hundred line poem
recounting the life of the most noble of all creation.

 

[100] May Allaah, my Lord, send salaah upon him, and upon
his Companions, his family, and those who follow. 

 

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