The Ottoman Imam (1520-1566) … 0110-2012 - Poem by saadat tahir
"Ride to distant villages and fairs
Ride them waves or wing the airs
Ascend high mounts or descend the stairs
Oh, go yea my men! To the banks of Nile
Search amid ripened empire's pile
Search by the Euphrates for a man of style
stands out above the milling throng
speaks the tongues of millions strong
who's soul is pure, has done no wrong
knows his Quran and The Holy Scripts
carefree to the tide of floes and drifts
quickly through logic his mind sifts
must be a master of counting games
well versed in stars and their names
the physical laws his wit tames
sane sagacious and balanced of keel
soft at heart but a man of steel
the worldly riches flow by his heel
Shariah his shroud and the Fiqa too
bold and chivalrous at the art of slew
his voice to the ears melodious dew
hold against push and lecher's pull
to preach and act Islam in its full
command great domes of our Istanbul
go ye by steed, by leap or bound!
such is the man, I decree be found!
such a man, so we hold our ground! "
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Here's a Job advertisement for the position of Imam of the Grand Mosque in Istanbul at the time of Sultan Suleyman (Khaleefah) who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520-1566: -
To have mastered the languages of Arabic, Latin and Turkish and Persian. - To have mastered the Qur'an, the Bible and the Torah. - To be a scholar in Shari'ah and Fiqh. - To have mastered physics and mathematics up to teaching standard. - To be a master of chivalry, archery, dueling and the arts of Jihad. - To be of handsome countenance. - To have a strong melodious voice.
(Source: Al Ahram newspaper 22nd September 1986, Egypt)
Is any one Imam in our ummah qualified as per these standards of a JOB Vacancy During Year 1520-1566.
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