Humera Sultana

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The Pilgrim - Poem by Humera Sultana

The Pilgrim bids farewell
To family and friends, wealth and riches
Pomp and splendour, sets his pleasures asunder.
As he dons the pilgrim’s garb (Ihram)
He sees himself gathered in a burial shroud
A white winding sheet around his body wrapped
Lifeless, senseless, motionless and friendless
Only to be left with his deeds righteous.

The chant Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik
(O my Lord, here I am at Your service, here I am) .
Fans the flame of love burning in his heart.
A mad lover, he rushes in search of his beloved
Enraptured by the beatific vision of Kaaba
He circumambulates with the flow around the House of Allah.
Mad lover, bareheaded, bare shouldered, distressed and perplexed
Fear and hope singing and swinging in his breast
Kisses the corners and tugs at the hem of his beloved - Kaaba.

Cheeks wet with tears, heaves heart-burning sighs
Bitter tears of remorse soak the bristles of his attire
Parched lips kiss Al Hajr- Al Aswad; seamed with divine passion.
Brim-full with ardent love, reverence, hope and fear
He knocks at the door of the House of Allah
Seeking refuge in Him, await a response.
Spends every moment in obedience, repentance and hope
Practices patience to win His pleasure; gains proximity.

Drunk with the miracle of Zamzam- the elixir of his life
And intoxicated with divine felicity -Like a beggar, a mendicant
Seven times he jogs in the courtyard of the House of Allah
Safa to Marwa- Marwa to Safa, reliving the ritual of Hajar
Shaves his head in submission, humility and sincerity
Each and every thread of his raiment
A mute witness to his new-born purity
His garb (Ihram) undone- waits for an answer
To the knock at His door
Sooner or later
Now or forever.

Humera Sultana.
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Topic(s) of this poem: religion

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Pilgrim describes the faith and feelings of a pilgrim to Kaaba the House of Allah in Mecca.

Comments about The Pilgrim by Humera Sultana

  • Md Asadullah (7/12/2015 11:34:00 AM)

    Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, it is mandatory for every muslim to perform Hajj once in a lifetime, it is ultimate form of worship.Its reward is nothing less than paradise, You've described all the ritual in a beautiful way, Thanks for the share :) (Report) Reply

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  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (5/11/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    we surrender to Allah in the process of Hajj.
    The pilgrim separates our mind from all and helps us to refine the mind,
    The urge to accept the fact attracts by a divine emotions which move us only the road to Allah

    Very nice writing, I took it very well, I felt a lot of peace.
    Stay write
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  • (4/5/2015 1:13:00 PM)

    The poem is a masterpiece of imagination. From beginning to end of a sacred journey like Hajj, the expression of feelings is marvelous. The depiction of Kabba' as a beloved is matchless and that of the pilgrim as a lover is a new concept but matchless.The similarity created between 'ehram' and shrouds is memorable. My heart is filled with praise for the creator of these thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (4/4/2015 9:25:00 AM)

    You have beautifully given a pen picture of the rituals performed by a Muslim while performing Hajj. The picture is an added attraction.
    The first stanza captures the rapt attention of the readers due to its solemn and apt narration.
    Please continue writing.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 4, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 12, 2015

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