By Ibn Ghalib Al-Kayfi
DADULLAH, STEP WITH YOUR ONE LEG ON THE GROUNDS OF PARADISE
“By Allah, I wish to step with this one leg of mine in paradise”, Amr Bin Al-Jumuh, the companion of the prophet, before the Battle of Uhud
How do you mourn a man living in eternity?
How do you mourn a man who changed the course of history?
How do you mourn a freeman in the age of slavery?
In the age of cowardice, how does one mourn bravery?
How in the age of crusaders and sons of Zion,
Nay in the age of snakes, how do you mourn a lion?
But Kandahar and the Hindu Kush mountains cry out
As does Jalalabad, Qunduz and Shahi Kot…
Do not mourn a prince who was a master of the fight!
Do not mourn a warrior, a champion, a knight!
Mourn yourself until you break your shackles
Mourn yourself until you join the battle
But do not mourn Dadullah!
There was no compulsion on him, but as a freeman he fought an empire
Dadullah, step with your one leg in paradise, for that was your desire.