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Poem: Seeking Knowledge – Novid Shaid

Seeking Knowledge By Novid Shaid, 1997 All knowledge worth seeking is like a never-ending dining table covered with wholesome food. Some stand gobbling wantonly Wanting everything at once While others only nibble Their taste buds hardly aroused. Pray let us sit at the table With attention to manners and grace Then let us dine with […]

Poem: The Would-Be Sufi and the Would-be Salafi by Novid Shaid

The Would-Be Sufi and the Would-be Salafi By Novid Shaid, 2011 www.novid.co.uk Once there were two neighbours who were locked in a rivalry, for one was a would-be Sufi and the other a would-be Salafi. “You’re a man of shirk and innovation!” argued the Salafi, “You’re an arrogant man,” smiled the Sufi, “You lack spirituality!” […]

If – Poem by Novid Shaid

If By Novid Shaid If you can unmask the masquerade Of life and its illusions then you have overcome, in truth, all obstacles of existence. If you can see the light of God shimmering through every moment there’s no-one that can equal you in this entire existence. If others sit wrapped in their minds ensnared […]

BLISS – A Poem of Yearning – Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes

BLISS – A Poem of Yearning – Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes BLISS Inspired by Shaykh Abu Bakr as-Somali al-Haddad’s commentary on the Poem of Healing by Imam al-Busayri, God be pleased with him, during the Mawlid of March 26, 2009 at Masjid al-Mu’minin in Clarkston, GA “No perfume compares to the earth that holds his […]

Kun Kaatiman – Poem by Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba

Kun Kaatiman – Poem by Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba In the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful Prayers, Peace, and Blessing be upon the Prophet Muhammad. This work of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba M’Backe [May Allah be well pleased with him] is for anyone who wants to acquire knowledge and achieve a goal in this earthly […]

Poem: I’ve Returned To The Lord Of Honour and Might – Novid Shaid

I’ve Returned To The Lord Of Honour and Might A message from a boy in heaven to his parents by Novid Shaid, 2010 Dear Mother and Father, do not fret or fear, For I’ve returned to the Lord of Honour and Might. Although you’re yearning for me with each painful tear, Know that I’ve returned […]

The Battlefield: The Tawba of a Muslim Teenager – Novid Shaid

The Battlefield: The Tawba of a Muslim Teenager By Novid Shaid, 1997 I battle with myself Face to face, punch for punch, My future launches at me in front And my past creeps up from behind. I dodge the assault of late night party invitations, And avoid the ambushing memories of early mistakes: Phone numbers […]

Song: Behold – Novid Shaid

Song: Behold By Novid Shaid, 2002 Behold with your heart! His everlasting light, Behold with your heart, behold! Behold with your heart! This overwhelming sight, Behold with your heart, behold! Beyond everything Gazes the True King Who fashioned all that we know Peerless is His might Endless His timeless light Find Him through your heart, […]

Poem: A Prayer: The Promised Land – Novid Shaid

A Prayer: The Promised Land By Novid Shaid, December, 2010 Oh Lord, I cling on to the rocks of your sacred path, dangling over the bottomless abyss of my capricious soul, knowing full well I have stumbled and lost my footing on the firm ground of certitude and witnessing. Truly, I have slipped away and […]

The Drops of Purity – Novid Shaid

The Drops of Purity, By Novid Shaid, 2005 copyright The limpid drops of purity Seep through their hearts instilling certainty. They rain down on the turbidity, Which veils their hearts with all things sensory, And soften the solidity, And wash away the multiplicity. The drops increase and permeate A vision forms in the transparency, It’s […]