Kazi Nazrul Islam

(24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976 / Bardhaman / India)

There Smiles The Eid-Ul-Azha Moon - Poem by Kazi Nazrul Islam

There smiles the Eid-ul-Azha moon,
there comes again the second Eid.
Make your sacrifice in the name of God,
come, comply with His wish.

On such a day as this
Hazrat Ibrahim offered his son as a sacrifice to God.
Offer today your own life in the same way,
be again for the sake of God a blessed martyr.

Kill the beast that lurks in your heart.
That is the way
to cross the bridge to heaven from earth.

Forget your sectarian quarrels today,
welcome all as your dear guests.
Let kind words and sincere love
be your most precious offerings to your guests.

Let a sense of fellow-feeling and unity
turn all village and townships
into the great plain of Arafat.
Let all the Muslims of the world combine again
and form a mighty community

It will be an act more virtuous
than going on holy pilgrimage.
That will make Islam's glory resound afresh
throughout the whole universe.

[Original in Bangla: Eiduzzohar chand hashe oi; Translation: Kabir Chowdhury]

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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