Friday, February 26, 2010

Qasida Burda - Poem of the Cloak

PRAISING THE HOLY PROPHET
Blessings and Salutations
of Allah be upon him

11. Muhammad ( Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is the leader of both worlds and
     both creations (man and jinn).
12. And of both groups, Arabs and non Arabs.
13. Our Nabi, the one who commands (good), forbids (evil). There is non
     (parallel to him).
14. More truthful than him in saying "No" or "Yes".
15. He is (Allah’s) most beloved, whose intercession is hoped for.
16. For every fear (and distress) that is going to come (on the day) of agony
     (and fears).
17. He called (people) towards Allah, so those who cling to him.
18. Clinging to a rope which will never snap.
19. He transcends the Ambiyaa, physically and in (noble) character.
20. And (the other Ambiyaa) cannot come near his in knowledge and noble
     nature kindness.
21. They all obtained from Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
22. (Like a) handful (of water) from the ocean or (a few) sips from continuous
     rains.
23. And they all stopped before him at their (assigned) limits.
24. (Either) of a point of knowledge or to gain one wisdom from (his) wisdom.
25. For he is the on e with whom, ended all outward and inward perfection.
26. And then the creator of all creation chose his as (His) most beloved.
27. He has no equal in his magnificence.
28. The jewel of (excellence) in him is indivisible.
29. Discard what the christians claim about their Nabi
30. Then decide and say what you wish in praise of him (Rasulullah Sallallahu
     Alayhi Wasallam).
31. And attribute towards his personality whatever you wish of excellence.
32. And attribute to his dignified status as mush greatness as you wish.
33. For verily excellence of the Messenger of Allah has no (limits)
34. Bounds, that a speaker might (be able to ) express with his mouth.
35. If his miracles were proportionate (according ) to his rank, in greatness,
36. Then his name would have, when called out brought decaying bones back
      to life.
37. He did not try to (test) us with that which would confound our minds.
38. Out of keen interest (kindness) for us, neither were we suspicious 9about
     the truthfulness of his mission) nor were we confounded (by his doctrines).
39. His perfect inner nature made people helpless from comprehending, so it
      was not understood.
40. Those near and far, except according to their (helpless) imperfect
      understanding.
41. Like how the sun is seen by the eyes from far.
42. Verily small, yet hurts (dazzles) the eye (when you stare at it).
43. And can the reality of him be comprehended in this world.
44. A sleeping nation whose description of him are (like interpretations of) a
     dream.
45. So the extreme depth of (our) knowledge concerning him, is that he is a
     man.
46. And verily he is the best of all the creation of Allah.
47. Every miracle which all the Nabi’s showed.
48. Verily they have been derived from his NUR.
49. For verily he is the sun of virtue (and ) they (Ambiyaa) are its stars.
50. Which show their lights to people only in the dark.
51. Until when the sun rose his light spread.
52. Universally and gave life to all the nations.
53. How noble are the physical qualities of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam,
     adorned with good character.
54. (Who) was vested with beauty and disguised by pleasant temperament.
55. (He) is like a blooming flower in its freshness and the full moon in
      splendour.
56. And the ocean in generosity and time its fearless courage.
57. Even when alone, it appears sue to his grandeur.
58. As though (he is) in the midst of a large army and its retinue.
59. It is like pearls well preserved in oysters.
60. From the two mines, of his speech and his smiles.
61. No perfume equals the dust (earth) which is touching his (Rasulullah  
      Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam’s mubarak ) body.
62. Glad tidings be to the person who smells it (the dust) and kisses it.
-Imam Al Busiri-

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