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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


Let Dhikr Prevail


Praise to The Creator of the male and female
Peace and Blessings - may they never curtail
On the one whose name cures that which doth ail
On his Family, and Those who made dhikr prevail

O describe to me their every detail!
May our love for them never grow stale
May we praise day and night like the nightingale
In our hearts may He make the dhikr prevail

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In the Ocean of Love, I dreamt we set sail
(Came) the strong and the healthy, the weak and the frail
We returned to Him from the shores of betrayal
And cast aside fitna to let dhikr prevail

Our Prophet succeeded, and paved the trail
The Salaf - they followed, and led without fail
Service to the Shaykhs, our path did entail
The himma was high! To let dhikr prevail!

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It was Dhikrullah finnahari wal-layl
Light on the Tongue, Heavy on the Scale
With the Angels we praised, we were drunk off the ale!
The glasses were filled with "Let dhikr prevail."

We didn't strike cheeks, our arms didn't flail
Our voices didn't excessively wail
And No! Our Deen is not for sale!
The Shariah: our guide to let dhikr prevail

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So the pirates' plot was to no avail!
Allah's Plan they can never derail!
Our knights were clad with iron chainmail!
Battling egos - to make dhikr prevail

With every inhale, and with every exhale
We journeyed - He Graciously lifted the veil
We returned to the Source, and O what a tale!
When I dreamt we all let dhikr prevail



Irshaad Ahmad Rashid
Ramadan 2011
Toronto, Canada








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