Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In Praise of the Prophet: A Ghazel

So long as the heart doth pulsate and beat,
So long as the sun bestows light and heat,
So long as the blood thro' our veins doth flow,
So long as the mind in knowledge doth grow,
long as the tongue retains power of speech,
So long as wise men true wisdom do teach,
The praise of God's Prophet,Ahmedصلى الله عليه وسلّم theblest,
Shall flow from our lips and spring from our breast.
'Twas Rasul-Allahصلى الله عليه وسلّم from darkness of night
Did lead us to Truth, did give to us Light,
Did point out the Path, which follow'd with zest,
Leadeth to Islam and gives Peace and Rest.
Praise be to Allah! 'Twas He who did send
Ahmedصلى الله عليه وسلّم Muhammadصلى الله عليه وسلّم, our Prophetصلى الله عليه وسلّم, our Master

By Shaykh Abdullah Quilliam Bey Effendi (writing as Prof. Haroun Mustapha Leon)
                                                        (The Islamic Review, 3 (1915), p.286.)


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