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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-Shu‘arā’ meaning The Prince of Poets. In 1930, an Egyptian man by the name of As-Sayyid Naseer won an international weightlifting competition. The people of …

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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 fly, that with a touch expires, Sips honey from the royal plate. Translated by W. A. Clouston in Arabian Poetry for English Readers. If anyone …

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Haroun Al Raschid – A poem by Abul ‘Atahiya rewritten by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The son of the Abassid Caliph al-Mahdi and a Yemeni slave girl, Harun al-Rashid became caliph during the peak of what is known as the Islamic Golden Age. During his rule, Baghdad grew into the greatest city of the world. The historian Mas’udi writes that shortly before the death of Harun al-Rashid, he was reading poetry about the ephemeral nature …

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The Stranger-A poem written by the greatgrandson of the Prophet ﷺ

Ali ibn Husain ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, better known as Zain al-‘Abideen, was the great-grandson of the Prophet ﷺ and one of the few members of Ahl-Bayt to survive the massacre at Karbala. In addition to being known for his ascetism, worship, and piety, he was from the early scholars of orthodox Islam. He is counted amongst the jurists …

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A Child’s Prayer by Muhammad Iqbal

لب پہ آتی ہے دعا بن کے تمنا میری زندگی شمع کی صورت ہو خدایا میری

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The poem which made Imam Ahmad cry

In our society, crying denotes the very opposite of masculinity. We find throughout our history, however, that tears readily fell from the eyes of Muslim men. Tears spring only from men who have soft hearts and it was because of this that the Prophet (saws) made the famous du’a: “I seek refuge in You from eyes that do not shed tears.” 

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The Caged Hawk at Toulon-Abdul Qadir al-Jazairi

Abdul Qadir al-Jazairi (alternatively spelled Abdelkader El Djezairi) was an Algerian scholar who led the struggle against French colonization in the mid 19th century. His consistent regard for human rights drew widespread admiration from across the globe. In a famous incident, he released all his French prisoners of war, stating that without the food to properly feed them, Islam did not …

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