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.
وَلاَ أعَدَّتْ مِنَ الْفِعْلِ الْجَمِيْلِ قِرَى
ضَيْفٍ أَلَمَّ بِرَأسِـيْ غَيْرَ مُحْتَشِـمِ
And it had not prepared any good deeds to properly welcome
This guest who had turned up on my head unannounced *
Theme: The poet sees the arrival of hairs greying as a guest, himself as its host, and good deeds as the most suitable offerings for such a guest. This is a lesson on preparing early for one’s death, before its signs arrive upon us without notice.
*The translations of the couplets in this series are by Aziza Spiker.
By Mokhtar Maghraoui , 16 Dec 2018