Nawrūz is filled with joy!

In composing an ode in praise of you

Beautiful words spring to mind


But in praising someone other than you

My tongue falters, the words lie


For you are inherently gracious, exalted

Such gifts are innate to your very nature


Your right hand scatters blessed rain upon the creation

Your forehead is dawn itself, your face a glittering star


You are the illustrious one through whose light we are illuminated

Our beloved, for whom we would give our lives


Indeed, if the festival of Nawrūz is to be filled with joy

It is only through your light that it becomes resplendent


God’s blessings upon you, O son of the Prophet

For indeed you are a time-tested sword to fight life’s sorrows


—Al-Amīr Tamīm b. al-Muʿizz.

Prince Tamīm (d. 374/984), talented poet and the eldest son of the Fatimid imam-caliph al-Muʿizz (d. 365/975).

Faquir M. Hunzai, Shimmering Light: An Anthology of Ismaili Poetry (London, 1996), p. 41.

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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