A Magazine for Muslim Americans
Vol. 1 Issue 1 Spring 1420/ 2000
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate Source of All Mercy
|The Blessed Prophet once said, "In poetry there is some wisdom" (Bukhari) With this maxim we present for you examples of poetry gleaned from the pages of Muslim history. Some of the finest poetry in the classical world was written by Muslims, especially between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. The two following poets wrote in this era.|
On Allah’s Forgiveness
Stunned by the great amount
We see that the speaker is "stunned" with the amount of sin that
he has accumulated. Even though he saw his sin, he also saw
"hope." This may seem strange considering the sin that he
sees. Because of Islam, however, the speaker also sees a chance in
the mercy of Allah.
The idea of equation is used when the sin is "laid (down) side by side with that great mercy..." This is interesting because it shows that Muslims are aware of Allah's mercy. Where there is sin, there is Allah's mercy waiting for you.
The forgiveness of Allah is great. This does not justify the sins, for the speaker states, "but now I know." In other words, awareness has been achieved thereby bringing about a sense of regret.
The use of questions at the beginning draws the
reader in quickly. "The song of the bird" brings to mind a
typical answer, a bird's song connotes nature, ergo, this is poetry.
However, the last word of the line is mind. This brings to thought a
sense of logic, ergo, something that's anti-poetic.
Abdel Rahman Jaami:
The Meaning of Poetry