Qasida Burda

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 2–On Admonition About The Caprices Of The Self

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Part 2

After having his secret love discovered in the first chapter due to the toll hiding it took on his appearance, the poet now admits his faults. He recognises that he should have listened to the advice his whitening hair was giving him, but his recalcitrant ego was would pay no heed. He compares it to an obstinate steed and yearns for someone to bring it back under his control.
The poet then proceeds to advise this reader on how to best protect himself from the ego, and its vain desires. He speaks from experience as someone who has seen the pitfalls and is now well versed in how to avoid them. His advice also extends to the subtle plots of the Devil, and how to avoid them.
After this sincere counsel, he returns to his own regrets and then asks God’s pardon for imparting advice not acted upon. His recognition of his deficiency is sincere enough for him to admit all the lost opportunities in drawing closer to God through voluntary worship. This sets the scene for the him to actually admit who his beloved is in the third chapter.
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About Nasheed Hub

Throughout the decades and civilisations of Islam, the vocal tradition, sometimes known as nasheed or devotional songs, were penned as a way of celebrating and giving thanks to Allah for the message of Islam, as well as for the Messenger himself.
These nasheeds were a way for people to turn towards their Lord in joyful celebration, rather than stringent routine. They were also tools to spread the message of Islam in a non-confrontational way. These nasheeds were able to reach out to those who were alienated or indifferent to the religion and the Muslim community, as well as to teach children who were too young for academic study.
These nasheeds originating from all corners of the Muslim world – from West Africa to Malaysia, from Turkey to Great Britian – mirror their own culture but all carry a common thread: love of Allah and His Messenger.
This series will explore the different nasheeds, penned by some of the great historical Muslim figures, poets, and scholars.

With gratitude to The Winterspring Mawlid and Dr. Asim Yusuf.

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