12.16.08

Poem to Celebrate Eid Al-Ghadeer

Posted in Islam, Poetry at 11:26 pm by Haider

This is a poem I wrote a couple of years ago to celebrate Eid Al-Ghadeer, which marks the occasion when Prophet Mohammed (peace be on him and his family) gathered all the Muslims who performed the pilgrimage with him in a place called Ghadeer Khum, and appointed Imam Ali (peace be on him) as his successor.

The occasion isn’t disputed by the various Muslim sects, but its significance and meaning is interpreted differently. The Shi’a, on one hand, believe it to be the appointement of Imam Ali as the successor to the Prophet, whereas Sunni Muslims generally regard it as an assertion of companionship.

Today is the anniversary of the occasion, so I thought I would share it on the blog :)

Celebrating Ghadeer

I begin in my Lord’s name
And without feeling guilt or shame
Raise my voice in His praise,
In remembrance of His days.

Best of all the days held dear
Is the blessed day of Ghadeer
And read this poem to celebrate
This joyous event and momentous date!

No other day is more renowned,
Ali was in the heavens crowned
Chosen by God to succeed
The holy Prophet, and to lead.

It’s a day when believers rejoice
God’s wisdom and His noble choice
To appoint a righteous, just Imam
For the sake of the Muslims and Islam.

When the Prophet, in the scorching heat
Waited for all Muslims to meet
In Ghadeer that it be shown
Who will succeed him, and be known:

“Whosoever takes me as his master,
Without Ali will face disaster.
God’s religion is now complete
And His favour will be your treat.”

The hypocrites were quick in their frowning
At Ali’s illustrious crowning
Why this delay? Why all this fuss?
Isn’t Ali just one of us?

I ask in return where have they been?
Do they know Ali, have they not seen?
He was the foremost in faith and deeds
Tending to all the Prophet’s needs.

He understood Islam as it should be
From sin and vice he was free
Without him Islam’s message is lost
Our prosperity will be the cost.

With these words I mark my stand,
And place my hand in Ali’s hand.

36 Comments »

  1. Salah said,

    December 17, 2008 at 12:45 am

    9a7 elsanic

    :)

  2. manal said,

    December 17, 2008 at 1:07 am

    اسعد الله اياكم سيدنا
    :)

  3. Esam said,

    December 17, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Great, I Love it, I also place my hand in Ali’s hand :)

  4. your cousin LK said,

    December 17, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Salam dear cousin ….
    May god bless you and always guide you and safe keep you from all harm and evil; and bless your hands and soul, for writing such a lovely and right to the point peice “and please mind my spelling cuz it sucks” with all the love and respect
    Your cousin
    LK

  5. Haider said,

    December 17, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Salah, Manal, Esam & LK:

    Thank you all for your feedback! :D

  6. yasmeen said,

    December 31, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    mashallah S.Haidar I know you have a mind of a philosopher but i never knew that you’re a good poet too. such a delightful rhyming verse, well done!

  7. Haider said,

    December 31, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Nice to see you passing by, Yasmeen :)

    Thank you for your feedback.

    You might also enjoy reading the poem I wrote to mark the Prophet’s birth:

    http://www.afilsforyourthoughts.com/blog/2008/03/21/the-prophets-birth/

    Take care!

  8. Computechi said,

    July 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Well said. This is beatiful, simple, and true. I loved it.

    I too place my hand in Ali’s.

    Wassalam

  9. Haider said,

    July 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks, Computerchi :)

    I’m happy to see that it evoked the emotions that it did. It means I’ve done my job well as a poet ;)

  10. Senior Ali said,

    December 4, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Beautiful Poem !
    It covers so much in just a few words, and I love the flow.

    Thank you for sharing :)

    with duas,
    Sheda-e-Ali

  11. Haider said,

    December 5, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Thank you very much.

    I’m happy to see people coming by the poem a full year after it was published to mark the anniversary of the event. ;)

  12. Zaynab said,

    December 5, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Mashallah

    The words of the poem just keep on flowing and makes me feel like following.

    Thank you for waking up my love for the Ahlul Bayt (AS)

    Keep up the good work and pls share more.

    Duas,
    Zaynab

  13. Haider said,

    December 6, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Thank you for your kind words, Zaynab.

    I’m thrilled to know that it’s had that effect on you. :)

  14. emad said,

    February 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    bla blabla worst poem i have ever listend to

  15. Haider said,

    February 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Emad,

    I’d be interested to know why you think it’s such a bad poem. :)

  16. bananaQ8 said,

    August 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    liked your blog & it looks great even after 2 years :)

  17. Haider said,

    August 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    TaZmaNiA (a.k.a. bananaQ8), thanks for stopping by!

    Yes, this blog has been neglected for quite some time, but I’ve been writing in another blog at: http://www.PersonalGrowthMap.com.

  18. Tazmania said,

    September 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Weclome back to blogging :) I’ll make sure to check out your other blog. thanks

  19. Haider said,

    September 8, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Great… I’ll see you there! :D

  20. Usama said,

    November 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Haider,
    Discovered your blog sometime ago when I saw your comment on Nathaniel Branden’s blog. And I’ve been going through your entries for some time now. :) I wanted to ask if you have continued blogging somewhere else? Because I really want to keep reading anything you have to write, it inspires me.

  21. Haider said,

    November 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Usama,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I currently blog at http://www.PersonalGrowthMap.com on personal growth.

    I’ve also started a blog to share my thoughts on Islam, but it’s still in its embryonic stages at http://www.RationalIslam.com.

    I hope you’ll find these 2 blogs useful. :)

  22. Zeenat said,

    November 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Mashallah! its beautiful.
    Thank you fro sharing it….Ghadeer Mabrook to you :)
    Iltemas e dua~
    Z~

  23. Soul_Elixir said,

    November 26, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Loved the poem ,, may allah bless ur life and soul
    I thank allah for the grace statewide

  24. Haider said,

    November 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Zeenat & Soul_Elixir,

    Thank you very much for your visit, and for sharing your thoughts.

    Wish you all the best! :D

  25. hassan wazan said,

    November 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    as3ad allah ayamk

  26. Thomas McElwain said,

    November 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not very humble either, Haider. I’m mostly inspired by my own poems. And given that they now number close to 10,000, I have trouble finding time to read others. My loss, since it took me so long to find this one.

    Love Ali, obey Ali,
    No better message can I see.
    For in that one obedience
    I find all former faiths make sense,
    And Bible and holy Qur’an
    Join in one sure and heavenly dawn.

  27. Haider said,

    November 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hassan, ayyamna ou ayyamkum. :)

    Professor Thomas, I must’ve picked up my confidence and lack of humility from you. ;)

    Thanks for sharing your poetry! :D

  28. JoodHaidar said,

    March 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I know it’s too late but would like to thank you for sharing such a wonderful piece!

    Eid Ghadeer Mubarak :)

  29. Haider said,

    March 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks Jood!

    And it’s never too late to enjoy poetry. ;)

  30. UMAIR MOOSA said,

    August 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

    EID MUBARAK.IT’S A GREAT POEM BUT IT’S TOOO LONG.THANK YOU

  31. Syeda Baqri said,

    November 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Salaams,
    Ghadeer mubarak brother Jood Haider!

    Excellent work, keep it up!

    Thanks for sharing.

  32. Haider said,

    November 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Salam sister Syeda Parveen,

    Thank you for passing by and for your words of encouragement.

    Eid mubarak and wish you all the best. :)

  33. zahra Abidi said,

    September 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Very nice. I wish you had continued on and brought in the services of imam’s children as well. Its beautiful and I plan to use it for our ghadeer event. Thank you. Keep writing

  34. Haider said,

    September 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks, Zahra.

    Wish you a pleasant event. :)

  35. Sayed Mohammed said,

    September 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Salam bro, well done your words are really great, InshaAllah try to continue, we pray Allah bless you for your kind

  36. Haider said,

    September 26, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Thank you, Sayed Mohammed. :)

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