saadat tahir

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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! "

01 Sep,2012

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Ad for position of Imam 1520-1566
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)
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Is any one Imam in our ummah qualified as per these standards of a JOB Vacancy During Year 1520-1566.

Comments about The Ottoman Imam (1520-1566) … 0110-2012 by saadat tahir

  • (10/6/2012 9:42:00 AM)

    I have not read such a beautiful poem for a long time.....yes, a full moon will certainly rise to give light to all. The best seed are planted, .....fertile ground and rain...insyaAllah. Great 10. (Report) Reply

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  • Allemagne Roßmann (9/8/2012 10:25:00 AM)

    Certainly no-those were Turkic golden periods in Topkapi palace flooded with giants and blue mosque with artists of the tulip art.Now we have copy paste in tamam mulk copy paste imams.They are not really Imams rather dummies like those people US would like to have in any country to use and help their white immigration history europe bailed out from a planned euro crisis.After Turkey broke in first world war and Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine came under respective english and french controls from german allies-Turkey has advanced, Ataturk Mustafa Kemal made reforms, once a dilemma of economy made business with Arabs and boosted the present turkish lira-the highest selling against pounds or dollars and, or best asian currency economy but the Imams are a history nowadays.Impressive write Sir (Report) Reply

  • Poetheart Morgan (9/3/2012 11:45:00 PM)

    Dear Poet, my english is not perfect to reach your words and my ignorance about his teachings too. But i know that is beautiful and sacred. I want to share with you my respect for your words, that here and there, I could understand. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 1, 2012

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