by Aqeela Naqvi

a child whose legacy began from the very designation of his name

his birth—A proof of justice on earth!—the heavens did proclaim

the best of names, the best of vision, the best of noble lions in war

the best of kings, the best of servants, the best guardian of the poor


a name too seldom spoken, when recalling the ancient sands of time

remembering the sacrifice of his brother, while leaving his behind

forgetting that while we call, Hussain, Hussain himself calls, Hassan,

a younger brother to an elder, two lights; a household of shining suns


one’s revolution completed the other’s so Truth would now remain

the patience of Hassan — no less than the armor of Hussain

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بْنَ رَسُولِ رَبِّ ألْعَالَمِينَ