Poem by Zafeera Kassam, on Hazar Imam’s 80th Salgirah


Serenity there dwells
in the essence of His name:
Shah Karim Al-Husseini – 
to speak it, to meditate on it,
to thus be swaddled,
protected by invisible forces at play,
eased into a warm cocoon of unshakeable faith --
            Our wounded hearts heal;
            Our broken spirits mend;
            Our anxious minds calm. 

Ecstasy there dwells
in the radiance of His grin:
Shah Karim Al-Husseini – 
to envision it, to frame it
to thus be infused with joy,
pure as innocence, ebullient as wind,
and like moths to a candle:
            Our wounded hearts heal;
            Our broken spirits mend;
            Our anxious minds calm.

Hope there dwells
in the timbre of His voice: 
Shah Karim Al-Husseini -- 
to listen to it, to revel in it
to thus be mesmerised by musicality 
of the entire universe, reverberant in His
“Khanavadan, Khanavadan, Khanavadan” – 
            Our wounded hearts heal;
            Our broken spirits mend;
            Our anxious minds calm.

Love there dwells
in the embodiment of Him:
Shah Karim Al-Husseini – 
to know Him, to keep Him close,
to thus embrace our truth:
drops of the ocean are we
drawn to the source of us;
His Zaheri presence in this world,
a gift we must never take for granted --
            With healed hearts;
            With mended spirits;
            With calm minds, rejoice –

Jubilation  here dwells
in the celebration of Him:
Shah Karim Al-Husseini Aga Khan – 
to sing His praises, to feast in His honour, 
to thus exalt our Lord of the Time 
whose milestone eightieth birthday 
we are fortunate to commemorate,
spare no second, spare no expense,
tis a special Salgirah for our
            Khudavind and Mowla
            Father and friend
            Pir and Murshid

Zafeera KassamBio: Zafeera Kassam is an Ismaili murid and teacher by profession, living in Nairobi. She hopes to be continuously inspired to write praises of our beloved Hazar Imam for as long as she can.



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4 thoughts

  1. Very beautiful poem Zafeera. Whatever you have written is 100% right. We Ismailis are very happy and lucky people in the world. Mowla at this age is also looking after the whole community. We must always be thankful to Mowla.


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