Qasida al-Burda: The Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation
Muhammad b. Said al-Busiri
Abdul Aziz Suraqah (tr.)
The Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation
Ever since its composition in the seventh Islamic century, by the poet, scholar and spiritual master Muhammad b. Said al-Busiri, al-Kawakib al-durriyya fi madh Khayr al-Bariyya (The Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation), more commonly known as the Burda, has been a mainstay of the Muslim choral tradition from East to West. It is the quintessence of devotional praise and expression of passionate love for the Prophet (Allah bless him and give peace), for both the expert and layman. It adorns architecture throughout the Muslim lands and also found a place on the walls of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
Islam’s greatest poem is presented in this book in a convenient flexi-bound, handbook format with beautiful, yet easily readable Arabic text alongside Abdul Aziz’s refined and lucid translation. It is a perfect edition to be used in gatherings of praise of the Prophet ﷺ and will serve as a useful travel companion.