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In Praise of the Messenger (Ahmed Bin Ajiba)

In Praise of the Messenger (Ahmed Bin Ajiba)

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ISBN: 9780990002611
Author: Ahmed Bin Ajiba
Publisher: Al-Madina Institute (2015)
Pages: 108 Binding: Paperback

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It is not the aroma of musk that you find;It is the fine praise that is left behind

‘Indeed, the virtue and perfect nobility of Allah's Messenger s has no limit that may bereached, that it might be fully expressed on the tongue, for the grandeur and immensity of his essence and rank that Allah bestowed him with are limitless and endless, that a person might express it and make it clear. If all of the rhetoricians and eloquent speakers came together and endeavored to use their facile tongues to describe the Prophet's virtues and qualities of perfection, their descriptions would only amount to a drop of water from an ocean; nay, every speaker is incapable of fully expressing his perfections.' – Ibn ‘Ajiba

The edition before you presents Ibn 'Ajiba's (1747-1809) commentaries on key poetic verses from the third chapter of Imam Al-Busiri's (1211–1294) celebrated poem Al-Burdah. The poem, whose actual title is al-Kawakib ad-Durriya fi Mad? Khayr al-Bariya ("Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation"), is a seminal piece of literature sung and read throughout the Muslim world. This poem decorated the Mosque and tomb of the Prophet in Medina for centuries, until recent times. Al-Burda is divided into 10 chapters and 160 verses. Chapter three of Al-Burda, entitled “On the Praise of the Prophet,” comprises the most popular verses. Praising the Prophet in verse was initiated by the illustrious Prophetic companion Hassan ibn Thabit. We have omitted the author's linguistic analysis, so as not to detract from the spiritual tone of the commentaries.


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