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.
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