Poem for Milad un-Nabi

The Prophet’s Legacy

Listen, O brothers! In the ocean of faith, the Qur’an is the most precious pearl of Muhammad.

Just as every king keeps his treasure concealed, the Qur’an is the hidden treasure of Muhammad.

Observer well, who do you see as the custodian of this treasure and the trustee of Muhammad?

Just as you leave your treasure to your children, there is a legacy for the children of Muhammad.

Do you not see that the pearls of faith cannot come from anyone except the children of Muhammad?

This treasure was entrusted to one person only, worthy of being the confidant of Muhammad.

He was none other than the Prophet’s dear friend, whose spouse was the pure daughter of Muhammad,

the lady of paradise: from them were born Husayn and Hasan, the sin and shin of Muhammad.

I am certain that in both the worlds, Husayn and Hasan are the rose and jasmine of Muhammad.

Tell me, where in the world can blossom such exquisite blooms except in the soil of Muhammad?

I can never bring myself to choose anyone over and above these two beloved sons of Muhammad.

If I were to desire someone in their place, how disgraced will I be in the presence of Muhammad!

Nasir Khusraw

from Shimmering Light: An Anthology of Ismaili Poetry

translated by Faquir Muhammad Hunzai.

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