Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Seek knowledge from cradle to the grave

By Mory Keita

“Salam,” he says entering the room.
He looks upon the faces and gently smiles and
Says: May Allah bless you all.

“Salam to you, O prophet”,
The house members joyfully reply,contemplating his gesture.
They look at him as if there is a nimbus above his head.
“O messenger of Allah” the elder says, “what cause brings you here?”
He looks up to the stars contemplating its beauty,
It serene tranquility which brings peace to night and
He says to the elder, “see, the grandeur of your Lord”.
And the elder replies “yes I see heaven. My lord is truly grand”.
To that, the prophet shook his head and gently taped the elder’s elbow,
“How many times have you seen the starry night?” he says.
The elder pauses for a time and replies, “as long as I have been of this dust”.
Then, the apostle of Allah replies “I am here to tell the wishes of your Lord”.
“What are the wishes of the architect of the universe?” the elder replies serenely,
Then, the servant of Allah replies “your Lord wishes that you seek the unknown and teach.”
 To that, the elder replies, “O Apostle of Allah, I am of old age, what can I learn”
Again, the prophet smiles and says “seek knowledge from cradle to the grave.”
The elder looked upon the prophet with admiration and says,
“Did not our Lord commands to strive for his cause?”
The prophet replied, “The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.”

Then, he said again, “Salam “to the people of the house,
After, he marched away thanking the great architect for dwelling knowledge upon men.



Anonymous said...

Dear Mory,
This great poem exposing a good unknown face of Islam. if everyone could be open-minded like you.

eyeography said...

This line "The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr." is really awesome... :)

Djene said...

I agree. I liked that line too. Great poem.

Tanvi said...

The view you have expressed is fantastic and in a way that is blending perfectly. In the journey of life you learn right from the birth till your end, if only you see so!

I agree with you that we can relate, as we both are in teens. Hope to see you around :)

Mory said...

@Sumit and Djene, that line is actually not from me. it is a quote from the prophet of islam likewise is "Seek knowledge from cradle to the grave".

@ Tanvi and Mark, i am glad to see you around and thankful that you shared you thoughts with the rest of us.

Thank you Both

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

What a very peaceful piece of writing.

I particularly liked the line,'' The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr'.
Keep on writing Mory..
Best wishes,

TALON said...

"seek knowledge from cradle to grave" - if only more people would remain open-minded until the end.

This was so lyrical and beautiful and insightful, Mory.

Mory said...

thank you Eileen and Talon. i hope to see peace prevail over destruction.

Linda Bob Grifins Brin Korbetis said...


I host Thursday Poets Rally,
Rally week 25 will be on July 21, 2010,
please read the post via the link carefully and make a decision, if you signed in, then come to Rally week 25 by commenting under my post...
let me know what you think.
love your creative mind here,
u rock!

Mory said...

@ Jingle,I would love to participate. are we required to write a poem on a given prompt? would you please clarify?

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