The Mawlid of ‘Abbas
Taken from Imam ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin al-Husayni’s book ‘Our Master Muhammad: The Messenger of Allah‘:
Tabarani, Ibn Sakan and others narrated that when the Prophet (SAWS) returned from the Battle of Tabuk, ‘Abbas ibn Abdul Muttalib said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, will you give me leave to praise you?’ The Prophet (SAWS) replied, ‘Speak on and may Allah never spoil your mouth!’
He then said:
Before it, you enjoyed the shade of Paradise,
Within the glade where first the leaves were plucked,
And then to earth you fell, not yet in human form,
Nor yet a piece of flesh within a mother’s womb;
A drop that sailed within the Ark whilst mighty floods,
Washed Nasr away, and put pay to his worshippers,
From loin to womb you travelled through the ages,
And all the while worlds passed on, each by each;
The fire beneath the Friend of Allah dimished:
With you within his loins, how could he burn?
Until your line, preserved from any fault, arrived,
To Khadaf, a plateau above a wide expanse;
Upon your birth, the earth was bathed in brightness,
And by your light the far horizons shone,
And we, beneath this brightness and this radiance,
Burn gladly in the glory of your guiding light.
These lines can be found in Ibn Kathir’s Tarikh, and in Sharh al-Mawahib, and Majma’ al-Zawa’id, and Dhahabi’s Tarikh al-Islam.
Eternal salutations and blessing be upon the noble Prophet and Messenger of Allah. And to Allah is our return.