The Principles of Islam
Know, child, that God is only one,
And has no Partner or Son;
He has made us and everything,
All beasts, all fowls, all birds that sing,
The Sun, the Moon, the Starry Sky,
The land, the sea, the mountains high.
He knows whate'er we think or act,
By Him is seen the real fact.
And only He does what He wills,
He makes, He keeps. He saves, He kills.
Fore'er the same, no age, no youth,
He is Perfection, He is Truth.
Almighty, All-seeing, Wise,
He hath not form or shape or size.
But Self-existing is our Lord,
And is always to be adored.
Our God is Just, and loves the right,
The wrong is hateful to His sight.
To all His creatures He is Kind,
He gave us reason that we might
Know good from bad wrong from right.
This is the first to light our path,
To gain His grace and shun His wrath.
But gift of reason varies far,
Some wise and others foolish are.
The eyes of mind our passion dims,
And reason oft is quenched by whims.
For second guide we have the men
Of larger mind and wider ken,
Who could from God a message get,
His Law before the people set.
We call them Prophets, know you well,
Coming events they could foretell.
No nation was without such guide,
To warn them and from sins to chide.
Each Prophet taught in his own sphere,
To worship God and Him to fear.
But thousands of such Prophets came,
Of whom we know not the name,
Of some well-known I mention make,
The Lord God bless us for their sake!
Job, Jacob, Joseph, Abraham,
Elias, David, Solomon,
Lot, Moses, Aaron, Ishmael,
Hud, Noah, Jesus, Daniel;
With Adam first and Muhammad last,
Between the two all others pass.
Their minds were brighter than our own,
But otherwise all flesh and bone;
God did not in them incorporate.
They were but men and separate.
The Books of God, a third guide form,
And us of His Commands inform,
God sent them through His Prophets Great,
Repealing Older by the Late;
The Qur'an now the Law in force,
The other Books have run their course.
In all these Books 'tis plainly said,
The graves will once give up their dead;
A new life God will give to men.
Who made us once will quicken again.
That day we shall, to judgement brought,
Be called to answer what we wrought,
And shall be judged by Faith we had,
And work we did good or bad.
The good shall get a festive treat -
Everlasting bliss and heavenly seat,
Where such the pleasure, such the mirth,
We've never dreamt of on this earth.
The bad shall go to hell and fire,
And suffer pains and torture dire.
But sense of guilt to conscious mind
Is more than all the pains combined
While sense of having pleased our Lord
Is greatest bliss and highest reward.
The Qur'an teaches us to pray
Our Lord God five times a day;
To fast the days of Ramadan lent,
To give alms to the indigent;
To visit Mecca once in life,
And to make for God every strife.
Find here the Muslim Laws in brief,
May God guide all to this belief.
- Sayyed Mohammed.
The Prophet of Islam
The crown of creation set with richest gems,
Diamonds and rubies in value beyond ken,
Unequalled in brilliance, unique of kind,
Art thou, O Great Prophet! to all mankind.
Truthful by nature and of most saintly mien,
All called thee the Trusty, the Al-Ameen.
Most loving to children, courteous to all,
To animals, tender, alike to great and small;
Never on earth a nobler soul has trod,
Never had another shewed a true way to God.
O sweetest flower that ever on earth did bloom,
Matchless alike in divine beauty and perfume,
O whitest lily that human eyes have seen,
O loveliest rose that in the world has been,
All nature join, in homage, all men adore
Thee who brought light to a darksome world;
Thee whose teachings are as a necklace of pearls,
Which when worn does radiant beauty impart,
Adding lustre to body, to soul and to heart.
Ya Rasool-Allah! our dearest friend and guide,
May God's eternal blessings with thee abide.
From the Arabian deserts thou sounded thy call
To the worship of God, the Lord of all,
From the Arabian deserts thou taught mankind,
How the truest knowledge of God to find.
Thy words flew as lightning the whole world around,
Of Truth and Light they did fully abound,
And nations, acknowledging the pow'r of their sway,
Did find and follow the most truthful way.
In the wake of thy words true piety did spring,
And great knowledge and virtue did truly bring.
Never on earth a better soul was born,
Never the world did a purer soul adorn.
Man was fast sinking in idolatry and sin
When thou the great mission did first begin.
Then in place of darkness thou Light did give,
And taught mankind the noblest way to live;
And reformed the world as never before,
And unique blessings on it did bestow.
Praise be to Allah for this favour divine
In sending thee the wicked world to refine.
Search the world though we may from pole to pole
While the great ocean of time doth onward roll,
A more perfect Prophet never can we find,
Than thee who, thank God, gave Islam to mankind.
Ya Rasool-Allah! my homage I make to thee,
Ya Nabi-Allah! my love I tender thee,
My life, my all, for thee I gladly give,
Thy divine messages shall with me for ever live.
My love for thee no bounds doth know,
In my heart thy mem'ry shall for ever glow.
May Allah shower His choicest blessings on thee,
May Allah grant thee peace for all eternity.
- M. J. Majid,
The Ceylon Muslim Missionary Society,