Qasidat al-Burda or The Poem of The Cloak is an ode written, in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, by Imam al-Busiri in the 11th century. The Burda is one of the most famous pieces of literature in this genre, and was written by the poet after being afflicted with paralysis. Imam al-Busiri recounted that, after he had written the poem, in his dream he saw the Prophet Muhammad, who covered him in his cloak. Upon waking he found that he was completely cured.
Join us for a special event with Shaykh Muhammad Idris Watts and the renowned Sufi singers Al-Musafirun. Shaykh Idris will give an overview and introduction to a new commentary on the Burda, ‘The Mainstay’. The book launch will be followed by a performance by Al-Musafirun who will recite three different sections of the Burda in three different styles each introduced by Ustadha Noshin Gul.
The event is sure to beguile and delight those who already familiar with the Burda and those as yet untouched by al-Busiri’s magical ode.