The Blessed Burdah (The Poem of The Cloak): Of the Noble Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Bin said al-Busiri – Translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

The Blessed Burdah

Celestial Lights in Praise of The Best of Creation

Known as

The Poem of The Cloak

Of the

Noble Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad Bin said al-Busiri

Translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

I have neglected the path of the one who brought black nights
To life by praying, until even his feet swelled with distress.

To quell his hunger he tightened his midriff
By strapping stones to his soft sides and strong ribs.

Lofty mountains, to entice him, draped themselves in gold,
But he showed them a towering soul, perfectly content, without desire.

The extremity of his needs only confirmed his freedom from desire-
Need never overshadows Virtue that is firmly rooted.

How could the need of such a man be answered by the world,
When without him this world would never have come into being!

Muhammad, lord of both worlds, lord of both species,
Lord of both assemblages – Arabs and all others.

Our prophet, commander of right, forbidder of wrong –
No soul kept his word more justly, whether “Yes” or “No”.

He is the beloved whose intercession is hoped for
As arms against a host of relentless calamities.

He called on God. Whoever clings to him
Clings to a rope that will neither unravel nor break.

His form and character surpassed even the previous prophets,
And none have approached him in knowledge or nobility.

They all seek from the Messenger of God
Cupfuls from his ocean or sips from his unceasing rain.

They all stand before him according to their limits,
As if dots on his knowledge or diacritical marks on his wisdom.

He is the one whose meaning and form were perfected,
And then the Originator of souls chose him as the beloved.

Incomparable, his beauty has no peer –
The essence of beauty itself is in his nature.

Leave aside what the Christians have claimed for their prophet –
Then praise him as you like, but do so wisely.

Ascribe to his essence what you wish of honour,
Attribute to his exalted status what you will of greatness!

Truly, the Messenger of God’s bounty
Cannot be overstated by two lips and a tongue.

If a miracle could equal his stature in magnitude,
The mere mention of his name would revive decaying bones.

Concerned for our welfare, he did not confuse us with maters
We could not fathom, so we neither wandered nor wavered.

Human beings cannot grasp his meaning –
Even those at his side could not keep up with him.

He is like the sun, small to the eye when seen from afar,
But when glimpsed close up, it dazzles and overwhelms.

How can slumberous souls in this world grasp his reality
Distracted as they are by the strength of their dreams?

The extent of what we know of him is this: He is a man,
And yet, without exception, he is the best of God’s creation.

All of the signs brought by the noble prophets before him
Came to them through his light alone.

He is the bounteous sun and they her orbiting planets –
She reveals their lights for humanity in the darkness of night –

Until finally his light dawned on the horizon,
And his radiant guidance suffused the world and brought life to countless civilisation.

What excellence lies in the birth of a prophet adorned with such character!
Beauty itself shines forth from his smiling face!

Exquisite as a lily, illustrious as a full moon,
Magnanimous as the ocean, persistent as time.

Due to his majesty, even when aanity in the darkness of night –

Until finally his light dawned on the horizon,
And his radiant guidance suffused the world and brought life to countless civilisation.

What excellence lies in the birth of a prophet adorned with such character!
Beauty itself shines forth from his smiling face!

Exquisite as a lily, illustrious as a full moon,
Magnanimous as the ocean, persistent as time.

Due to his majesty, even when alone,
He seemed surrounded by military might and cohorts of courtiers.

It is as if precious pearls, locked in their shells,
Poured from the treasury of his sweet mouth and smile.

As if, face to face with the sun,
Minds were forced to blink at the mere sight of him.

No perfume is as sweet as the ground that holds his bones –
What Paradise awaits the one who breathes its scent or brushes lips against its soil!

(Note: These are the few stanzas from a long poem of the Cloak,

 QASEEDAH BURDAH SHARIF)

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  1. Dear Salman

    The clinical evidence for life after death is subjective and arguable. It’s often hard to assess the significance of “out of the body experiences,” encounters with bright lights, long tunnels, or angelic guides. It’s difficult to know how to respond to those who speak of temporary near-death visions into heaven or hell. What we do know is that there are enough of these kinds of experiences to create a sizable library on the subject. Taken as a whole, this body of evidence shows that as people approach death, many sense they are coming not to the end of existence but to the beginning of another journey.
    our desires that fuel our rounds of births and deaths. Our desires continue through death and demand another body to act as the instrument for the fulfillment of our desires. Thus spiritual wisdom is often referred to as the end of desires. Then we abide in God, in the peace that is beyond understanding.
    One never consciously seeks out one’s soul mate…The soul mate finds you. He or she merely appears in one’s life when the right time and circumstances come. When soul mates meet, there is from the very beginning instant recognition of each other stemming from the very core of their beings, and this recognition has an aura of certainty that defies logic. This is commonly called ‘love at first sight. When it’s time for souls to meet, there’s nothing on earth that can prevent them from meeting, no matter where each may be located on planet Earth. A soul mate encounter is spiritually uplifting..A true soul mate encounter has no ifs or buts. The journey begins now. Seek the answer within. There is no other way. Soon you will realize the awesome truth that you are always what you have chosen to be. And you alone are responsible for what you are.
    The coincidences or little miracles that happen every day of your life are hints that the universe has much bigger plans for you than you ever dreamed of for yourself. The souls unfulfilled longing and union, suffering without complain the sting of its thorns – is the soul longing for eternal beauty. It is this longing that inspires the soul for a reincarnation. Longing is the most creative state that the soul can reach.
    Birth is painful, decay is painful, disease is painful, death is painful, union with the unpleasant is painful; painful is the separation from the pleasant and any craving that is unsatisfied, that too is painful. when difference comes to rest, all desire fulfill. Now, we have found the true self that knows no lack.


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