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ISLAMIC POETS: Chronicling Love by ipinfo2
December 1, 2008, 8:34 am
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Hazrat Hassan Ibn Thabit

Chronicling Love

By Hassan Abdul hakim

Islamic Post Contributing Writer

When the enemies of Islam would use their poets to defame the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the Messenger of Allah would send forward Hassan Ibn Thabit, and he would, in most beautiful words, defend the most blessed honor of our Beloved, upon whom be peace.

Hassan Ibn Thabit was one of the eldest of the companions of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). A man known for his gift with words, Hassan Ibn Thabit accepted Islam in his sixties and lived until he had almost 120 years.

“Has not the eye yet left its sleeplessness,

and its shedding of tears and loosing them?”


The Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) ordered a pulpit to be established for Hassan Ibn Thabit, upon which he could stand while reciting his poetry. The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prayed for him saying, “The Angel Gabriel (peace be upon him) will support you as long as you defend Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him).

“I could not praise the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) with my words; rather, my words were made praiseworthy by the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him).”

Of all the poets since the dawn of Islam and those who recite their words in song, Hassan Ibn Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him) had the honor of being the first with the distinction to use his words in the praise and defense of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). While many of the Islamic songs these days are based upon what a poet has written and what he has heard, the words of Hassan Ibn Thabit were a reflection of his blessed eyes, for his poetry is based upon what he himself had seen.
The poetry of Hassan Ibn Thabit (May Allah be pleased with him) has become renown and loved throughout the Muslim world, memorized by thousands, young and old, and echoed from home to home.

As-subhu bada min tala’atihi

Wal laylu daja min wafaratihi

Sa’tish shajaru nataqal hajaru

Shaqqal qamaru bi ishaaratihi

Kanzul Karami, Maulan Ni’ami

Haadil Umami li Shari’atihi

Fa Muhammaduna hua Sayyiduna

Fal ‘izzu lana li ijaabatihi

Indeed, still he is spreading the love and defending the honour of the Beloved Last Messenger (may the peace of Allah be upon him) through his words 1400 years later.

“I shall never cease to praise him.
It may be for so doing I shall be for ever in Paradise
With the Chosen One for whose support in that I hope.
And to attain to that day I devote all my efforts.”

The following poem by Hazrat Hassan ibn Thabit, may Allah be pleased with him, was translated by Aisha Bewley.

When I saw his light shining forth,

In fear I covered my eyes with my palms,

Afraid for my sight because of the beauty of his form.

So I was scarcely able to look at him at all.

The lights from his light are drowned in his light

and his face shines out like the sun and moon in one.

A spirit of light lodged in a body like the moon,

a mantle made up of brilliant shining stars.

I bore it until I could bear it no longer.

I found the taste of patience to be like bitter aloes.

I could find no remedy to bring me relief

other than delighting in the sight of the one I love.

Even if he had not brought any clear signs with him,

the sight of him would dispense with the need for them.

Muhammad is one not like other human beings.

Rather he is a flawless diamond, and the rest of mankind just stones.

Blessings be on him so that perhaps Allah may have mercy on us

on that burning Day when the Fire is roaring forth its sparks.


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