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Poetry in the Service of Islam

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Poetry in the Service of Islam

Asif Anwar Alig

Book: Naghmaye Sarosh-A Farmer’s Poetry

Author: Mohammad Hazim Hassan

Publisher: Al-Huda Publications, New Delhi 110002,

Pages: 230

Price: Rs 200 (paperback) 

Poets composing poems to express gratitude to Almighty Allah are few. Mohammad Hazim Hassan is one of them. 

 

Poems of Naghmaye Sarosh deserve critical acclaim. They recount Islamic values through portraying diverse spiritual elements, from devotion to relation of the Creator with mankind.   

Qura’an hai kiya hadith kiya, kiya hai usool-e-deen

Kis baat kaa Khuda ne banaya hai tumhein ameen

Aankhein toh khud se aage kabhi dekhti nahin hein

Nazroun mein bas gaye hein faqat zan, zar wa zamin

 

(What is the Qur’an, what is Hadith, what Islamic way of life?

For what Almighty Allah has made you the seeker after truth?

Your eyes hardly see beyond themselves, clouded as they are 

Your eyes are concentrated on women, wealth and power)  

 

Praising Almighty Allah, such compositions request mankind to be thankful to the Creator:  

Rab ka ehsaan hai apni pehchaan di

Kya anokhi ada, kya judaa shaan di

Ruh youn toh diya saari makhlooq ko

Per hamein ek tadapti huwi jaan di

(Thanks to Almighty for giving us a unique identity

What a distinct identity and impressive features

Although all living beings breathe and survive 

Ours is filled with emotion and a palpitating heart)

  

Paying tribute of a believer to the messenger of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), he sings:  

Aasra hai teri rahmat ka ho aie maula karam

Houn tere mahboob ki ummat mein rakh uska bharam

Dil mein ishq-e-Mustafa de sab ke apne fazal se

Jiske sadqe hai aie maula Qibla Ka’aba wa Haram

(Desiring your mercy, My Lord of the lords

Followers of the most loved Prophet seek promise fulfillment 

Grant everybody your adorable Prophet’s affection, Almighty 

For the sake of whom we got the Ka’ba and Haram, the straight path)

 

Poems on the al-Rashidun and the first muezzin, Bilal Habshi, the Prophet’s (PBUH) companion, adorn the book. There is also an attempt at the exegesis of the Qur’an. 

Taazgi-e-rooh ka saamaan hai

Saamne jo ummat ke Qur’an hai

Misl-e-aaina hai aayaat-e-Qur’an

Khair-o-shar ke darmiyaan furqan hai

Chahta hai kiya Khuda bandoun se yeh

Uska hi detaa hai bas har dam payaam

(It is a constant sustenance for souls

When the Qur’an is before followers

Qur’anic verses are mirror reflections

Sifting the good from the bad  

What Almighty Allah wants from his servants

It gives an enduring message every moment)  

 

There are poems on India’s sufi saints Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya as well as the sufi poet Amir Khusrau, Allama Iqbal and Unwan Chishti, among others. In one of the poems he pays tribute to Maulana Wahiduddin Khan thus: 

Ilm-o-hikmat se bhara hai Ar-Risala ka payaam

Ho raha hai dahar mein tu waaqai faizan-e-aam

Ho rahe hein zehn-o-dil raushan badi tezi ke saath

Is sadi ka hai yeh tohfa isse badlega phir nazaam

(Ar-Risala’s message is one of learning and prudence

You are attaining popularity in each and every corner  

Minds and hearts are getting enlightened faster 

It is a gift of the century and it will change systems)

    

Two of the poems are dedicated to his parents. Verses written to encourage new generations are equally inspirational.

This book is a nice collection of poems by a farmer poet who has not gone through great academic vigour. He couldn’t study beyond the 10th grade. The poet could have benefited from formal education. Shorn of academic profundity, the poems show a remarkable simplicity of style and vision.      

The reviewer is assistant professor and media relations specialist at Saudi Ministry of Education. He may be reached at asifanwaralig@gmail.com.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2015 on page no. 21

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