Karbala: Garden of Truth

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Hakim ibn Adam Sana’i (q.s.) wrote a poem about Karbala.  Here is the excerpt from his “Garden of Truth”:

“How excellent Karbala!  And that honour it received,
Which brought to mankind the scent of Paradise as if on a breeze;
And that body, headless, laying in clay and dust,
And those precious ones, hearts rent by the sword.
And that Elect of all the world, murdered,
His body smeared with earth and blood;
And those great oppressors, those doers of evil,
Persistent in the evil they do.
The sanctity of religion and the Family of the Prophet
Are both borne away, both by ignorance and idiocy;
Swords are red like precious ruby with the blood of Hussain,
What disgrace in the world worse than this!
And Muswthafa, his garments all torn,
And ‘Ali, tears of blood raining from his eyes.
A whole world has become insolent in its cruelty;
The cunning fox (Yazid) has become a vain, boastful lion.
But still unbelievers at the start of the battle,
Were reminded of the stroke of Dzu al-Fiqar (Imam ‘Ali’s sword).
Yes, from Hussain they sought satisfaction for their rancour,
But that was not to be;
They had to be content with their own malice and disgrace.
And know that any who speak ill of those (murderous) dogs
Will be Kings in the world to come!”


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