Poetic Counsel

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dedication: To loved ones who send you poems as Ramadan gifts. Also — to keyboard warriors ๐Ÿ˜
On 19 Ramadan 1437 / 24 June 2016, I read the following verses sent to me by a friend before walking over to the library to continue my dissertation work:
The short poem above is described with the heading “Invaluable Counsel.” The upbeat meter of the poetry’s form including the unusual rhyme of แธคฤ’ is infused by the charmingly gentle and clear tone of its content.ย  I found the verses widely circulated on the internet and shared in the form of images (as the one above), as memes, and in blogs without a writer attributed. Here is my translation below:ย 
My dear brother, give counsel and do not shame
Admonish without injury
Forgive the one who hurts (you) and say,
“May the Lord of Creation forgive.”
Should you find yourself in the world’s tightening grip
Reflect upon (the chapter) “Alam nashraแธฅ…”
And ask your Lord for reprieve
Perhaps God will grant you an opening*
Follow the best of those who were sent
Delight in the Door that will never close
Leave behind that which you desired, and seize
The more becoming desire for the Noble One
Do not (solely) rely upon your intellect
ย The intellect of the Chosen One is more perceptive
Do not bear contempt for anyone
For those filled with hatred never succeed
Trade in your world for that which is to come
Truly, it is a blessed and most profitable trade!
For reconciliation is more virtuous
And the virtuous one attains success
Invoke blessings and everlasting peace upon the Beloved
And rejoice in the most delightful of melodies.———–

*In other versions I found online, the following additional verse is included:
ูˆ ู‚ูู„ู’ ุญูŽู‚ู‘ุงู‹ ุจูู„ูŽุง ู…ูŽูŠู’ู†ู

ุฅูุฐูŽุง ู…ูŽุง ุดูุฆู’ุชูŽ ุฃูŽู†ู’ ุชูŽู…ู’ุฒูŽุญู’

Speak the truth without deception
Should you wish to speak in jest

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