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In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Misrepresented


Praise to Allah: the Manifest,
His peace and blessings on mankind's best,
The one on whom the Book descended,
The Qur'an, his character represented

He is the master of the middle way,
Allahumma salli wa sallim 'alayh,
He expressed his love and never pretended,
He Journeyed by Night and then he Ascended

He never fell short, nor (went) excessively over,
He was inwardly present, and outwardly sober,
Throughout his trials - on Allah he depended,
And in every state, his heart was contented...

(And on) his Family and Companions - the Faith they defended,
Their lives, their efforts, and wealth they expended,
Huw-Allah and His Messenger themselves have commended,
And on all those who Allah has befriended

***

Virtue lies between what is extreme,
Haadhas-Siraatal Mustaqeem,
But some act as if they've not comprehended,
And we've been left misrepresented

Extremists argue, yet have so much in common,
Far from his Sunnah - peace be upon him,
An embarrassing display of hearts left untended,
And we've been left misrepresented

An extreme misuses the term "well-rounded",
The other has ignorance compounded,
Both would have the Texts amended,
And we'd be left misrepresented

Their rhetoric is well rehearsed,
So the vulnerable think that they're well-versed,
But tricks and lies they have invented,
And we've been left misrepresented

Both ignore the prior sages,
And misinterpret sacred pages,
Picking and choosing the Laws - they've bended,
And we've been left misrepresented...

With the great `Ulema they think they've contended,
As if Idhin was a thing to be circumvented,
They're outwardly drunk, and deeply tormented,
And we've been left misrepresented...

At our neighbours they pointed and offended,
When it's their OWN selves that they've resented,
They claimed it was da'wah, but they just vented,
And we've been left misrepresented

They broke apart from the Congregation,
And spoke on behalf of our Civilisation,
To this none of us consented,
And we've been left misrepresented

From the Community they have dissented,
Astray go the blind, deaf, and demented,
Down a slope that's poisoned and fermented,
And we've been left misrepresented

They claim they fight for you and me,
But theyĆ­re just being USED - to cause disunity,
Oppression's walls they've not even dented,
And we've been left misrepresented

The worldly tyrants they've complimented,
(Those) who would love to see the Path prevented,
In with the rulers and princes they've blended,
And we've been left misrepresented

And so Manhood has been left misrepresented!
Women and Nature misrepresented!
And the Children have been left misrepresented!
And the Poor have been left misrepresented!

****

These criminals should be apprehended,
And their program should be suspended,
And stopped from being incremented,
Before, Falsehood is augmented

So enough of this! if we've lamented,
And if never again, we have intended,
To have the Truth misrepresented,
May we be of those who have repented

And be those to whom Allah relented,
For He can soften - hearts-cemented,
And broken bonds can be mended,
Uniting peoples that were segmented,

At the Mawlid-splendid, jasmine-scented,
May our time with the Awliya be extended,
May their gatherings of Love be well attended,
And with ikhlas, may their teachings be implemented...

With salawat let this poem be supplemented,
And on his Family, may it be complemented,
And on his Companions may it be appended,
And with Alhamdulillah, this poem has ended.



Composed by: Irshaad Ahmad Rashid
Toronto, Canada, Ramadan 2011








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