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Sheikh Amadou Bamba's illuminating poem 'Kun Kaatiman'

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  • Sheikh Amadou Bamba's illuminating poem 'Kun Kaatiman'

    This is a poem by the Senegalese Imam and anti-colonial leader Sheikh Amadou Bamba:

    Hide yourselves, you who search for knowledge, this will save you from trials and sorrows,

    have determination, thus you will surpass your generation.

    Do not grieve for the trials which come upon you,

    be courageous, so that people believe you want for nothing.

    For the Science is never granted to one who fears hunger,

    GOD raises his servant who shows patience.

    You who wish to acquire knowledge, review your studies constantly,

    every time, my sympathy is with them.

    You who seek knowledge, do not at the same time go after money,

    for the Creator provides for the needs of those on the quest for knowledge.

    Fear GOD and follow his religion which is ISLAM,

    for he who disobeys GOD or does harm to others will never hold knowledge.

    Keep yourself seperate from the opposite sex, young or old,

    for approaching them will only lead you to contempt, disobedience, and destruction.

    Do not sacrifice the hereafter for this world, O Son of Adam!

    It is clear whoever trades light for darkness will regret it.
    وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ - 31:19

    And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."

    أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً ۗ وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ - 31:20

    Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].

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