In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
The Sacred Circle
Greetings of peace, to this circle of prayer,
May it be amongst the majaalis of khayr.
The suhba is met with a warm embrace,
The `ibaad have gathered seeking His Grace.
While the fragrance of incense travels the room,
We pass around - the `itr perfume.
Simple and noble describes the attire,
The garments of taqwa - for this we aspire.
Unite the hearts, let there be no division,
A gathering of dhikr is a Sacred Tradition.
So tonight, let's not speak of worldly concerns,
Is it not for Allah that the lover's heart yearns?
Whose Dhikr can leave hearts polished and shined,
But it must be combined with Adab-refined.
So increase in your reverence and receive your shares,
Of the gems and pearls from the Prophet's Heirs:
The `Aalims who called us to elevate,
Their lives to Allah - they did dedicate,
So tonight, their ranks, we venerate,
And their achievements in taqwa, we celebrate.
Food and halwa have been prepared!
So after the dhikr more blessings are shared!
Yes, welcome to this auspicious occasion,
We'll mark it with Praise and Glorification,
To the Lord of the Worlds, and a standing ovation,
With salat and salam on the best of creation !
In these bless'd meadows of the Aakhira,
Now let us recite: the Faatiha:
To the presence of the Prophet - Khayrul Anaam,
His Family, Companions, Wives, and Descendents,
Those of us absent and those in attendance,
Our Mothers and Fathers and all of our Teachers,
The Saints and the Scholars, and all the Believers,
Those of us living and those gone ahead,
The Witnesses, and the Rightly-Guided who've led,
Lord shower them all Your Mercy and Pardon,
And bestow on them lofty ranks in the Garden.
May we benefit from their lights, and secrets-kept-hidden,
And their various knowledges in the Religion,
In the world, and in the Hereafter,
Now let us recite the Opening Chapter
Composed by Irshaad Ahmad Rashid
Toronto, Canada, September 2011