The Burdah of al-Būṣīrī is from among the most famous poems composed in honor of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ. In this series of commentaries on selected couplets from the Burdah, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui reflects on its spiritual lessons.
اِنِّي اتَّهَمْتُ نَصِيْحَ الشَّيْبِ فِيْ عَذَلٍ
وَالشَّيْبُ أَبْعَدُ فِيْ نُصْحٍ عَنِ التُّهَمِ
I even suspected the counsel of my own grey hairs rebuking me,
When I know the counsel of old and grey hair to be above suspicion.*
Theme: The Divine is subtle in His many ways of warning us, even by the onset of greying hair. Wise is the one who heeds to their warning of a lifetime waning, and sees Allah's lutf (subtleness) in every creation around them.
*The translation of the couplets in this series are by Aziza Spiker.
By Mokhtar Maghraoui , 14 Nov 2018