Poetry in Islam

  poetry session

Poetry is an antiquated wasteful preoccupation, rightly censured in Islam so should be treated with rather indifference. It is a recruitment resource for the residency of Hollow slothful imaginative realm which pulls one away from the realities of the world and the hereafter making one eternally consigned to the abyss of oblivion. Realm within realm, from the one of distractions to that of abyss of oblivion, even Satan couldn’t imagine it. Where would Poets end up God Knows!  Gnostic believes that even Allama-Iqbal, most acclaimed Poet of the East, got flung on the way to Tassawwuf.   It is frowned upon by Allah in Surah Al Shura’a # 26, V-221 to 227 says that “poets say what they do not do themselves”. Listeners, who follow them, have been censured even more sternly. In another Surah Al Annam # 6, V-116 it is explained that “if you follow the majority on earth it will lead you away from Allah’s path, because this, majority do nothing but build conjectures” Prophet Mohammad was often accused by the non believers that he is a poet or sorcerer and that Qura’an, given its unique eloquence, is a book of poetry. (NAB)

Although poetry, across the board seems a dying preoccupation, but in countries with plenty of leisure of time mushroom growth of new and often unscrupulous poets is witnessed. They often concoct salacious and lecherous poetry and in pursuit of creating rhythmical balance would trample any boundary. Modernist and liberal secularists would sure have argument that it is curbing the creative talent of intelligent people, hence would jump to label Islam as rudimentary and antiquated. Most powerful counter-argument is provided by Allah Himself in Qura’an (17:85) “A little knowledge is given to man” & “He is All Knowing”.Qura’an.

Although poetry was widely in vogue at the time of te prophet and many of his companions were involved in composing reverential poetry, dedicated to the praise of Allah and the Prophet. Prophet reportedly has heard some, but there seems to be no praise lavished by him. Conversely however, there is a hadith which rather expresses harsh rebuke. Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle; said, “It is better for anyone of you that the inside of his body be filled with pus which may consume his body, than it be filled with poetry.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 176).

There is another Verse in Qura’an Surah Ya Sin 36, V – 69 whereby dislike is expressed by Allah in the following words;-  ”We did not teach him poetry. It does not suit him” Following it there is a Hadith narrated by Imam Abu Bakr Al Jassa (R.A), that someone asked Syyeda A’isha (R.A) if the Holy Prophet (PBUH) used to recite some verses of poetry in a while? She said NO, however he did once of Ibn Tarfah, which was meaning “The time will reveal to you which you do not know, and the news will be brought to you by one whom you did not appoint to do so”  Abu Bakr (R.A) chided O Prophet this verse is not like this. Prophet said “I am not a poet, nor is poetry appropriate for me” He read it out of rhythmic balance on purpose. Ibn Kathir, Tirmidhi both reported this.      

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