On a day like this, 570 CE, in a small town called Mecca, a man was born, a man who’s destiny it was to change the face of earth, forever.
A man, whom even before his prophet-hood started, was known for his goodness, honesty, kindness, trustworthiness and righteousness.
40 years later, he received divine revelation from God, and embarked on a journey of faith that changed the history of humanity and spread light in the hearts of those who before him lived in darkness.
Today the day of the birth Muhammad (PBH), The bearer of the Book of God (Quran), and his prophet and messenger. Muhammad, al-Bashir, al-Nazir, al-Mudhakkir, al-Shahid, al-Mubashshir), al Dā‘ī, al-Muzzammil, al-Muddaththir, al-Mostafa, the “Seal of the Prophets”.
In commemoration of our Prophet (PBH), here is an exempt of Qasidat al Burdah, By Imam al-Būṣīrī (1212-1296) of Egypt, which he wrote in the praise of Muhammad (PBOH). The poem, whose actual title is al-Kawākib ad-Durrīya fī Madḥ Khayr al-Barīya (“Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation”).
هو الحبيب الذي ترجى شــــــــفاعته
لكل هولٍ من الأهوال مقتحـــــــــــــــم
دعا إلى الله فالمستسكون بــــــــــــه
مستمسكون بحبلٍ غير منفصـــــــــــم
فاق النبيين في خلقٍ وفي خُلــــــــُقٍ
ولم يدانوه في علمٍ ولا كـــــــــــــــرم
وكلهم من رسول الله ملتمـــــــــــسٌ
غرفاً من البحر أو رشفاً من الديـــــمِ
وواقفون لديه عند حدهـــــــــــــــــم
من نقطة العلم أو من شكلة الحكـــــم
فهو الذي تـ ــــــم معناه وصورتـــــــه
ثم اصطفاه حبيباً بارئُ النســــــــــــم
منزهٌ عن شريكٍ في محاســـــــــــنه
فجوهر الحسن فيه غير منقســـــــــم
دع ما ادعثه النصارى في نبيهـــــم
واحكم بماشئت مدحاً فيه واحتكــــــم
وانسب إلى ذاته ما شئت من شــرف
وانسب إلى قدره ما شئت من عظــــم
فإن فضل رسول الله ليس لـــــــــــه
حدٌّ فيعرب عنه ناطقٌ بفــــــــــــــــــم
مولاي صلــــي وسلــــم دائمـــاً أبــــدا
علـــى حبيبــــك خيــر الخلق كلهـم
يــــارب بالمصطفى بلغ مقاصدنـــا
واغفر لنا ما مضى يا واسع الكرم
And Below is an excellent documentary on the celebrated poem of Imam al-Busiri (RA). It features Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad.
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About the Poem:
The Qasidat al-Burdah has had a great impact upon the history of the qasida genre as a whole. No other Arabic poem has been more frequently recited, translated, imitated or commented upon in so many languages of the Islamic world. The Qasidat al-Burdah, is al-Busiri’s most famous poem, which he wrote in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (PBH). Its appellation “al-Burdah”, meaning a mantle of woollen cloth in Arabic, refers to another highly esteemed poem in praise of Muhammad which is known after its opening words as “Banat Su´ad” and was composed by Ka`b b. Zuhayr. After the recitation Ka`b received, as a reward for his poem, the Prophet’s mantle. It is said that when al- Busiri, some 650 years later, suffered a stroke and remained semi-paralysed, the Prophet appeared to him in dream guise, touched him with his hand and threw his mantle over his shoulders. al- Busiri was instantly cured and set about to compose his poem called, in reference to this miraculous healing, the “Ode of the Mantle”.
The Burda is divided into 10 chapters and 160 verses. Interspersing the verses is the refrain, “My Master, descend peace and blessings continuously and eternally on Your Beloved, the Best of All Creation” (Arabic: مولاي صلي و سلم دائما أبدا على حبيبك خير الخلق كلهم). Each verse ends with the Arabic letter mīm, a style called mīmīya.
All Peace, Praise, and Salut Allah be on Him, Muhammad (PBH) Our Prophet and Guider.
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