In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Zuhd's Arrows

"And there is a type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of kindness to His servants." (Qur'an, 2:207)

Praise He who made the Zaahid’s arrows
Adept in piercing idols and Pharaohs

And grant peace on the one with virtues unmatched:
Who was offered the world, and remained unattached

Amongst His creation, none can compete
With him, for one's love whose faith is complete

While some sell their souls for a paltry price
For others, Allah and His Messenger suffice

Not even their own selves they prefer
To Allah and His Prophet they always defer

FOR the beloved, there ARE no amounts
The enraptured in love will refuse to renounce

Like the Companions did for Khaleelur-Rahmaan
So such was the case with Ibn Sinaan

Held prisoner - prevented from making migration
Yearning - enduring throughout separation

Then escaping, across the dessert sand
Pursued by Iblees and his treacherous band

That day, on the hill, looking back and forth
His wealth to the south - Mukhtaar to the north

Aiming zuhd’s arrow - at the dunya's fetter
Letting go for Allah: Who gives that which is better

And when he felt weary, continuing forward
Thoughts of YaaSeen , urged him on northward

Reuniting with TaHa: trustworthy and truthful
Who then said, "...Abu Yahya, your transaction's been fruitful..."

Some sell their souls - for a paltry price
For others, Allah and His Messenger suffice

May blessings enfold the Prophet's tomb
And may Allah be pleased with Suhayb ar-Rum

Irshaad Ahmad Rashid
Rabi al Awwal 1433 A.H.
Toronto, Canada