Sunday, September 16, 2012

QASIDA FI MADH AL RASOOL BY ASMA BINTH SHEHU

QASIDA FI MADH AL RASOOL BY ASMA BINTH SHEHU

Let us for ever thank the King,the Lord of office,
Praise be to the King who created Muhammad  صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Let us for ever invoke blessing and peace
Upon the Prophet who excels all others, Ahmad. صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Accept the song of praise that I shall sing,
Accept, O people, let us praise Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
God has enjoined us all to praise him,
Let us make firm our intention, that we may praise Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
That we may obtain light and radiance of heart,
That we may be cleansed through the praise of the
Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
We beg forgiveness from the Glorious God who gives His
Generosity here and now,
May He give it to us because of the rank of Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
We have prayed for pardon, that He may forgive us,
The generous King, for the sake of the Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The best of the best, he excels every other in rank
According to the word of God Almighty, He has raised
Ahmad  صلى الله عليه وسلّمabove all others,
Heaven is lofty but you know it does not reach
So high as to equal the glory of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The throne of Heaven is beneath him in respect of glory
Because of this glory, our Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
His light exceeds the light of the moon on the fourteenth day
Of the month
Because there is no light like the light of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
So also there is no bravery, for no warrior
Equals the bravery of the Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Musk and camphor, you should know, none of them are as fine
As
The perfume of aloes-wood of the body of Muhammad
So also in beauty and in stature, none is like unto him,
For nowhere is there the like of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
There has never been created among mortal men the like of him
Nor will one like him ever be created, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Thus also in qualities of character which give delight, there is
None like him
In cheerfulness of disposition and the fine smile of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
As for him, you should know, it is true that he does not become
Angry,
Sin alone moves him to anger, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم

Moreover, when he becomes angry none persuade him
Through craving his patience, only by repentance, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Thus also he shows great forbearance towards all men,
Like the rain cloud of the rainy season is the generosity
Of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
God gave him many evidentiary miracles,
The Koran is a real wonder as regards Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The dying of the Persian fire is also real [miracle]
The river of Sawa dried up because of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The walls of Khusrau’s [Palace] crumbled until the Magian
Priests
When one of their number dreamed his dream, knew the
Fear of Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم,
Thus also on the thirteenth day of the new moon that was split
In two,
Which al Bukhari and al-Tirmidhi recounted concerning
 Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The Koran, you should know, has also spoken of it and explained
It
As his miracle, the Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
One day a tree bent down [to give shade], it was the time of
Afternoon prayer,
Because Ali sought [its help] on behalf of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم



He it was who was mounted on al-Buraq, on a journey there
To heaven
No other has ascended save the Best of Mankind, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
He stroked the goat of Umm Ma’bad and there and then
On account of his miracle she gave milk, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
For him the cloud cast a shade, the she-camel
Brought her complaint the to the Prophet Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The horse of Suraqa became stuck fast in mud, because of a
Miracle
Upon hard rock, for the sake of his rank, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
The speaking of the monitor lizard, by god, is a real miracle,
And so is the gazelle, for the sake of the Best of Mankind,
Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
A dove laid an egg, so said [the pursuer] and explained [it thus
To his companions]
Because of his miracle, the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
He gave Uqasha a stick,it became
A dagger there in battle, our Prophet Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
In the vanguard were the angels, they bore witness, you know,
On account of his miracles, he, the Best of Mankind Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم


Both the tears and the sighing of the large tree stump
Were on account of a miracle, because of being separated
From the prophet Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
You know they are many, they are beyond counting
Halima saw many of the miracles of Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
God alone knows them, the One, the All-Knowing,
The King who caused the Prophet Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم to excel over all others
O My Lord, we pray you that we may escape from this world
For the sake of his rank, the Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم,
Likewise, O my Lord, for an easy death,
For the sake of the majesty of our Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم,
Thus also the answering of Nakir and Munkar,
For the sake of Best of Mankind, the Messenger,
Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O my Lord, we pray you for the comfort of Barzakh,
For the sake of the Best of Mankind, Our Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O my Lord,we pray you for salvation in the Hereafter,
On the day of Resurrection, for the sake of the Best of Mankind, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Concerning the weighing in the scales,
May the good deeds prevail, for the sake of the Best of Mankind,
Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
And the receiving of the book, O Glorious God, King, Our Lord,
May it be given us in the right hand, for the sake of Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O my Lord, cause us to enter into the salvation of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلّم,
For the sake of his rank,the Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O our Lord,give us to drink of al-Kawthar,
The lake of the Best of Mankind,our Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O our Lord, save us on the Last Day from the fire, take us
To the dwelling of ease, Paradise, for the sake of Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O our Lord, may we see on that Day, the face of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلّم
For the sake of his rank, the Best of Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
O our Lord, may we behold thy presence, the presence of
The king of the Day of Judgement, for the sake of our
Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم

Unite us, O king, with all our sheikhs
And likewise our parents, for the sake of the Best of
Mankind, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Unite us with Shaikh Abdul Qadir
The one who will conduct us on the Last day to Our Prophet
Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
We thank god, now the song is finished
May god accept it for the sake of the Best of Mankind,
Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
May god for ever place His blessing and peace
Upon the Messenger who excels all, Ahmad صلى الله عليه وسلّم
Invoke blessing upon all his family
And on all the Followers, and the Followers of the
Followers of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلّم





           
Source:A HISTORY OF HAUSA ISLAMIC VERSE
           Chapter 5
Author:Mervyn Hiskett ( lecturer in Hausa studies school of oriental and African studies)



ABOUT ASMA BINT SHEHU:

Nana Asma’u (full name: Nana Asma’u bint Shehu Usman dan Fodiyo, Arabic: نانا أسماء بنت عثمان فودي‎; 1793–1864) was a princess, poet, teacher, and daughter of the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Usman dan Fodio. She remains a revered figure in northern Nigeria. Nana Asma’u is held up by some as an example of education and independence of women possible under Islam, and by others as a precursor to modern feminism in Africa.

          

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