Spiritual Commentary on the Burdah: Part 5 - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui
 

Spiritual Commentary on the Burdah: Part 5 - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui on

Mokhtar Maghraoui

Spiritual Commentary of the Burdah Series

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.  

Couplet 15

لَوْ كُنْتُ أَعْلَـمُ أنِّي مَـا أُوَقِّرُهُ

كَتَمْتُ سِـرَّا بَـدَا لِيْ مِنْهُ بِالْكَتَمِ

"If I had known that I could not receive him with honor,

I would have hidden my secret from him with dye."

Theme: The poet admits being bereft of the offerings suitable for such a guest, and laments not concealing the arrival of white/grey hairs beforehand. This concealing can be of two types: to conceal one’s maturation of age from oneself; and/or to conceal from others ones’ own lack of spiritual maturity whilst at an age of physical maturity.


By Mokhtar Maghraoui , 24 Dec 2018

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