Eloquence

Anthem of the Ummah-A Poem by Muhammad Iqbal

In 1904, Muhammad Iqbal wrote a poem titled Tarana-e-Hindi which roughly translates to "Anthem of the people of India". It reflected his desire for a secular Indian culture which bound together Muslims and Hind...

Imam Ash-Shafi’s poem on his deathbed

إلَيكَ إلـهُ الخَلْـق أرْفَــعُ رَغبَتِي *** و‘نْ كُنتُ يَا ذا المَنّ والجُودِ مُجْرِما ‘To You, the Creator, I raise my longing, And even if I am, O possessor of kindness and generosity, an evildoer, a c...

Qasida of Abu Imran Al-Andalusi in defense of Aisha (ra)

When it comes to the tarbiyyah of Muslim men, proper upbringing does not just happen with male role models. Just like growing up without a father figure has strong negative consequences for women, men who grow ...

Abou Ben Adhem. A poem by Leigh Hunt

Ibrahim ibn Adham was one of the early ascetics in Islamic history. According to legend, he gave up his throne in order to live a life of a simple worshiper. Whether or not that's historically accurate, Ibrahim...

Ahmad Shawqi and the Weightlifter

Ahmad Shawqi was an Egyptian poet who pionereed the modern Egyptian literary movement. He was considered by many to be one of the greatest Arabic poet laureates of the modern age and was given the title Amīr al...

Malcolm X’s Letter from Mecca

There is perhaps no American Muslim who left behind a larger legacy than Malcolm X. Born in Omaha, Nebraska as Malcolm Little, he bounced from foster home to foster home until he eventually found himself in pri...

A Poem of Imam Shafi’i

Not always wealth, not always force, A splendid destiny commands; The lordly vulture gnaws the corse That rots upon yon barren sands. Nor want nor weakness still conspires To bind us to a sordid state; The f...

The Prophet ﷺ’s dua at Taif

After a decade of preaching in Makkah, the Prophet ﷺ had lost his uncle and his wife and was still rejected by tribesmen. In an attempt to find a more receptive audience, the Prophet ﷺ traveled to Taif, hoping ...

Ibn Taymiyyah’s Letter from Prison

Ibn Taymiyyah stands as one of the towering intellectual giants of Islamic history. Beyond his academic contributions, however, ibn Taymiyyah was known for his high moral character. The following is an excerpt ...