November 16

If only we could meet tonight

If only we could meet tonight

by Naqi Haider

 

Apart  for 1,400 years years

different cities, cultures, scripts and letters

separated by oceans of time and memory

 

If only we could meet tonight

 

If only we could meet tonight

I would walk until these feet

were blistered and broken

drive down every abandoned street

not once, but twice

 

Decipher the meaning of every verse and ever word

untangling all human complexity, only

compounded with the migration

of each heartbeat across this page

 

All of creation

is already within the heart of Muhammad

his compassion is not limited to one faith

his mercy is not restricted by place

his love is not trapped by time or memory

 

even in the absence of light

where nothing can be seen

there is mercy upon mercy

light upon light

truth upon truth

there is Muhammad

 

If only we could meet tonight

I would swim the seven seas

bend the laws of time itself

and travel the universe on a breeze

 

If we could meet by the Kaaba

Bricks laid by Abraham’s hands

Walls raised by Ishmael

Birth place of, the gate

of the city of knowledge

 

A house that has seen, and will see

tribes, nations and governments

rise and fall

rise and fall

 

If only we could meet tonight

where every step and every and every breath

there is mercy upon mercy

light upon light

there is Muhammad

 

 

If only we could meet tonight

to end the anguish of today

unburden my heart

will the things I have to say

 

Zanib is in Damascus

and the Imam is in chains

Sakina is no more, and Yazid is to blame

they hunted your family, and even the tents are aflame

 

The world is very different

And there is much to explain

 

If only we could meet tonight

I would crawl to Abyssinia

prostrate on my knees

keep the Qibla in my heart

and the Quran as the key

 

If the Hijra was only steps away

In Medina I would stand

 

looking on from Yathraib

Until at Ghadeer

I could see you raising Ali’s hand

 

Bilal would affirm and

the world would understand

 

And if this solitude

is to last and eternity, or two

And you start searching for your

true followers who are few

 

you will find me waiting

on Karbala’s sands

with my feet firmly placed

and the flag of Abbas in my hands

 

if only we could meet tonight

to end the exile of today

I could unburden my heart

will all the things, I need to say

 

All of creation is already in your hands

Compassion is not limited to places where we stand

Mercy is not restricted, but a burden to understand

And love is not trapped by time in grains fo desert sand

 

if only we could meet tonight

break the silence of today

Ya Mustafa, Ya Muhammad

Is all I could say

 

 

 

 

 

Al Masjid an Nabawi

Al Masjid an Nabawi