Poems by imam al-Shafi’i

Here are some poems by imam al-Shafi’i rahimahullahu ta’ala.

The poem in Arabic:

ولما قسـا قلبي وضـاقت مذاهبي
جعلت الرجـاء مني لعفوك سلمــا
تعاظمني ذنبـي فلمـا قرنتــه
بعفوك ربي كان عـفوك أعظمــا
فما زلتَ ذا عفو عن الذنب لم تزل
تـجـود وتعـفو منة وتكرمـــا
فلولاك لـم يصمـد لإبلـيس عابد
فكيف وقد أغوى صفيك أدما
فيا ليت شعــري هل أصير لجنة
أهنـــا؟ وأمـا للسعير فأندما
فإن تنتـقـم مني فلست بآسي
ولو أدخلت روحي بجــرم جهنمـا
فإن تعف عني تعف عـن متمرد
ظلوم غشــوم قاسي القلب مجرما
ويذكر أيام مضت من شبابه
وما كان فيها بالجهالة أجرما
يقيم إذا ما الليل مد ضلامه
على نفسه من شدة الخوف مأتما
يقول حبيبي أنت سؤلي وغايتي
كفى بك للراجين سؤلا و مغنما
الست الذي غذيتني و هديتني
ولازلت منانا علي ومنعما
عسى من له الإحسان يغفر زلتي
ويستر أوزاري وما قد تقدما

Translation into English:
When my heart hardened and my ways narrowed
My hope of your forgiveness towards You was my approach
I greatened my sin, yet when I compare it with your forgiveness
My Lord your forgiveness was greater
Yet, You forgive sins and still
Generously and gracefully bestow and forgive
Were it not for You, no worshipper would withstand Satan
How and he already has lured your chosen Adam
Alas! Would I be lead to paradise then I am a fortunate
Or a remorse to hell I am lead
Indeed not despaired if You avenged me
Or into the core of hell You brought my soul
And if You forgive me, a mutinous You forgive…
A wrongful unfair pitiless criminal…
He remembers the past youth days
And what crimes of ignorance were committed
Then, when the dark spread out
Fearfully he mourns himself
Saying my beloved You are my request and wish
Sufficient You are for the hopeful to ask and gain
Were not You who fed me and guided me?
And still, You give me generously and bless me
May You, to Whom my charity belongs, forgive me my faults,
Pardon my sins and what came before.


Another one by imam al-Shafi’i


And another one


17 responses to “Poems by imam al-Shafi’i

  1. ديمة

    يا الله ما أجمل هذه القصائد
    رحمة الله عليك يا إمامنا الشافعي

  2. usamahasan

    As-salamu ‘alaykum and thank you for these.

    A few more here (English trans only):


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  4. Muhsin

    Put the Huroof on the letters to make it easir for non-Arabs insha allah

  5. haruni

    Salam brother,

    Sorry, I can’t.

  6. Camellia Fhd

    thank you so much
    you know that what we need becuse it is difficult to get advices from people around you “they will hurt your fellings so alshafi,s poetry is your way when you want to keep yourself on the beach of safety.

  7. Very inspiring. Thanks.

    وظائف خالية

  8. Fatima

    I want the full poem inrabic ina lillah Ebadun futana taraku Aldunya , wa khafu alfitanu

  9. haruni

    Salam, I’m sorry, I don’t have that poem. I’m not an online library. Keep searching. Tawfiq insha’Allah!

  10. @Fatima: the easiest place to find that poem is in Imam Nawawi’s short Introduction to his “Riyad al-Salihin”:

    إِنَّ للهِ عِبَاداً فُطَنَا
    طَلَّقُوا الدُّنْيَا وخَافُوا الفِتَنَا

    نَظَروا فيهَا فَلَمَّا عَلِمُوا
    أَنَّهَا لَيْسَتْ لِحَيٍّ وَطَنَا

    جَعَلُوها لُجَّةً واتَّخَذُوا
    صَالِحَ الأَعمالِ فيها سُفُنا

    I got this from the full download of Riyad al-Salihin available at: http://www.mediafire.com/?wey1occ1156xi64

  11. haruni


    Barakallahu fika brother Usama!!

  12. Said


  13. Kayondo Ibrahim

    It is actually a source reconciliation to sinners not lose hope, thnx

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  15. Abdul rashid asima justin

    Am owez impressed and moved by IMAAM SHAFIES poems

  16. abdullahi mohamud

    i will be happy to receive more poems from imam al shafii

  17. Husna Althaff

    i love imam shafi’i’s poetry..

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