Oh Masjid of Al-Aqsa! (Poem)

By Mustafa Kamal Sherwani
Writer - India


Still the sacred words of (Subhanalladhee-Asraa)*,

Are a living testament to your exalted glory;

Still you revive in the minds of the Faithful,

The Truthfulness of the Journey and its story.


Still I can smell the fragrance of my Prophet,

From the winds touching your walls and roof;

Still your ambience and the surrounding aura,

Speak of his Ascension as a towering proof .


What an irony! You are now crying with pain,

Under the unholy siege of your barbaric foes;

Sura Bani-Israel is opening with your praise,

But the nation of Israel is adding to your woes.


Amongst your believers are those mighty kings,

Before whom their people tremble with fear;

Who always pretend to love Shariaa and Quran,

But to your anguish they have turned a deaf ear .



The poem was republished in 2010 with slight modifications from muslimcity@yahoogroups

* (Subhanallazee-Asraa) is a transliteration of the the first two noble Arabic words of the first verse of Surat Al-Israa' (also known as Surat Bani Israel, or Children of Israel Surah) which says, {Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa Mosque)} ( Al-Israa' 17:1)

Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani is the chairman of All India Muslim Forum
Lucknow, U.P. India.

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