In Praise of the Messenger Selections From al-Umda fi Sharh al-Burda
Ahmad Ibn Ajiba
The edition before you presents Ibn 'Ajiba's commentaries on key poetic verses from the third chapter of Imam Al-Busiri's celebrated poem Al-Burdah. The poem, whose actual title is al-Kawakib ad-Durriya fi Madh Khayr al-Bariya (Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation) is a seminal piece of literature sung and read through the Muslim world.
"Indeed, the virtue and perfect nobility of Allah's Messenger s.a.w. has no limit that may be reached, that it might be fully expressed on the tongue, for the grandeur and immensity of his essence and rank that Allah bestowed him with are limitless and endless, that a person might express it and make it clear. If all of the rhetoricians and eloquent speakers came together and endeavoured to use their facile tongues to describe the Prophet's virtues and qualities of perfection, their descriptions would only amount to a drop of water from an ocean; nay, every speaker is incapable of fully expressing his perfections." - Ahmed Ibn Ajiba