Introduction | Sharfuddin al-Busiri

A SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE POET The great poet, Sufi Shaykh Imam Sharfuddin Abi Abdullah Mohammed bin Sa’eed al-Misree Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih was born in 608 A.H or 1212 C.E. in Misr (Egypt). He was well known by his surname Busiri from Bushire, to which one of his parents belonged. The other is being from […]

Occasion

The Occasion that led to the writing of this poem was an event in the life of the poet, which he describes as follows: The poet, according to his own account, happened to be affected seriously with paralysis, which deprived one-half of his body of its vital powers and motions. He then thought of offering […]

The Poem | Ode of the Mantle

In the anthology of Arabic poems, the Qasida Burdah has had a great impact upon the history of the qasida genre as a whole. No other Arabic poem has been more frequently recited, translated, imitated or commented upon in so many languages of the Islamic world. The Qasida Burdah, al-Busiri’s most famous poem in praise […]

Analysis of the Poem

The Qasida al-Burdah is in 10 parts and has 165 verses all of which end in the Arabic letter Meem, hence it is a “Meemiyya”. Beginning with an exquisite allusion to the subject matter (بواعد الاثتهلان) in accordance with the almost established custom of introducing poems with Love Description ( النسهب), the poem gives a […]

The Virtues and Specialities

  The virtues of Qasida al-Burdah are innumerable. Some of its virtues (and specialities as appear in famous books) are mentioned here: For blessings in life (long life) recite 1001 times. For the removal of difficulties recite 71 times. To remove drought recite 300 times. For wealth and riches recite 700 times. To have male […]

Chapter 1 |

    ثُمَّ الصَّلَاةُ عَلَى الْمُخْتَارِ فِيْ الْقِدَمِ اَلْحَمْدُ ِللهِ مُنْشِيْ الْخَلْقِ مِنْ عَدَمِ Praise be to the one who was chosen by Allah since eternity All praise be to Allah, the Creator of mankind from nothingness     ثُمَّ الصَّلَاةُ عَلَى الْمُخْتَارِ فِيْ الْقِدَمِ اَلْحَمْدُ ِللهِ مُنْشِيْ الْخَلْقِ مِنْ عَدَمِ Praise be to the […]