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...

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 Repentance of Abu Nuwas

One of the most famous Arabic language poets in history was a man named Abu Nuwas. In addition to his literary talent, he was particularly know for the rowdy content of his writings. He would praise the joys of...