From: Silsilat al Dhahab.
What is poetry? The song of the bird of the intellect.
What is poetry? The likeness of the world of eternity.
The value of the bird becomes clear through it,
And one discovers whether it comes from the oven of a bath house or a rose garden.
It composes poetry from the Divine rose garden.
It draws its power and sustenance from that sacred place.
From Inspire Magazine
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By ANAM MAJEED
Like sparks they ignite the scrolls of time, like cinders they dance on the pages of history. Like flames fanned onward by zealous winds, they enkindle the hearts and minds of those around them. They burn brightly with an inner fire that possesses all the portentousness of an impending blaze. This is a fire that smokes the slumbering out of their stupor, a fire that smolders intensely with the heat of conviction and the desire for prevailing truth. And yet, although the flames will invariably die, what they illumine during their existence patiently endures.
One could say that such a fire burned vibrantly within the person of Malcolm X, a figure who is at times both jarringly strident and hauntingly provocative. Malcolm X, who is most ubiquitously associated with the charged political atmosphere of the sixties, with race riots and the unbridled fury of the oppressed black man. The Malcolm X painted with the crafty strokes of a media machine intent on muting the true colors of what he ultimately had to say, of subduing the consummate beauty of the most poignant lesson man has to learn. Malcolm X, a man whose life was defined not by the fierce anger of his initial beliefs, but by his ability to recognize and embrace the truth when he saw it. Read more…