The least we can do for our brothers and sisters caught in the turmoil of the Middle East and countless other places is pray for them. So powerful was it that the French President had to issue an order banning its recitation from the mosques. Vertaling in het engels: ''O You to Whose mercy one flees! You in Whom the one in need and distress seeks refuge!
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It is a plea to be freed from the aggression of foreigners in lands over which they have no right — a plea much needed in our modern world, rampant as it is with invasions and territorial occupations. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted.
He has also augmented it with a riveting Introduction that examines the nature of oppression and its impact on human societies, while challenging us to admit our powerlessness to God. His eloquence, and his brilliant intelligence, are vital energies, nourishment, we can share. The greatest virtue we possess, as the poet knows, is compassion, not only for the victim but also for the victimizer.
It is the contradictory tension of justice and mercy, of law and forgiveness, which makes us complete human beings. Imam Muhammad b. It is as thoughtful and erudite, as clever and as powerful, as honest and moving as anything ever written by a Muslim in North America.
This is wonderful stuff by a scholar who needs to sit down and seriously start thinking about writing a book. The Prayer of the Oppressed also contains an extensive essay by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on oppression — including the causes of oppression and how to deal with oppression. Please login on site! Comment 0 Share. All Comments 0.
The Prayer of the Oppressed (al-Du’a al-Nasiri)
Nasiri Dua: So Powerful, Rulers Would Ban It From Mosques