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Qasida
by Kevin S. Hart

Friday, June 09, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Qasida is a difficult form to render into English. I tried. Yes, the piece is a long one, and political in nature. Find hope in it, if you can.


Named for a great prophet, versed in holy Qur’an


Muhammad Ibn’Abd Al-Wahab


Held high in esteem, three hundred years ago


Fundamental in prayer as he sought qibla


With relentless zeal, set out to purify a people


Muhammad Rasulu Allah


 


He traveled dry sands, taught all he could reach


Muhammad Ibn’Abd Al-Wahab


From Najd to Basra, through villages unseen


Journeys to Medina, then Mecca to see al Ka’bah


Preached fervent, monotheistic message


Muhammad Rasulu Allah


 


He exercised cunning, critical verbal skill


Muhammad Ibn’Abd Al-Wahab


Vilified those who’d left righteous path


Exhorted repentant to reject secular law   


Stone sinners to death for moral mistakes


Muhammad Rasulu Allah


 


A'uzu billahi minashaitanir rajim


Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim


 


Muwahhidun who follow his voice today


Condone comfortable morality of taqiyah


As a means, after all, to keep the faith chaste


Allahu Akbar


 


Glory to God in the highest,


 On earth peace,


 Good will toward men


 


It‘s of no matter believers of any Book


Wish spiritual unity; allow all to exist in peace


Such Satanic beliefs are a perfect call to jihad


Subhan Allah


 


Khanti ca sovacassata,


Samanananca dassanam;


Kalena dhammasakaccha,


Etam mangalamuttamam


 


Masked cowards build mountains of bones


Used as sacrificial ladders to Paradise


Why cry for their victims; they are non-believers


Al-Hamdu Lillah


 


Shema Yisrael,


 Adonai Eloheinu,


Adonai Echad


 


Choose to point out murderous duplicity


Invite charges of racism, maybe an imam’s fatwah


 Bomb-laden vests sent to exterminate true lies


La ilaha illa-llah


 


A'uzu billahi minashaitanir rajim


Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim


 


Told to keep infidel noses outside sacred fold


Muhammad Rasulu Allah


Free speech can’t contain Semitic complexities


Westerners, all we do is steal Islamic black gold


(Ignore princely hands deep in our pockets)


Muhammad Ibn’Abd Al-Wahab


 


Shall we hunt one another until time’s end


Muhammad Rasulu Allah


Carry semantic differences to fiery extremes


Leave carrion for vultures, dogs, jackals to bless


Before they desecrate both sheikh and fellaheen


Muhammad Ibn’Abd Al-Wahab


 


Self-proclaimed martyrs quote the holy Qur’an


Muhammad Rasulu Allah


Yet, different languages sing the same psalms


Good conduct, respect life, show charity


Comprehended by children thousands years gone


Muhammad Ibn’Abd Al-Wahab


 


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Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/9/2006
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