Poem by Mohamed Edris

 

Those who really seek knowledge

Take the long road with courage

They go so far but say we are not done yet

As they discover the secret

 

Always they like to see the highest tutor

Before opening their mouths to utter

Or putting their pens to paper

 

They are the researchers of love and peace

And scientists of profound tolerance

 

Wining here and hereafter

That is their matter

 

They give us wisdom

To live in peace and freedom

They do not rest

Till arranging priorities of interest

 

But those who try to take the short way

For sure they will be far away

From the source

And their input won’t suffice

 

That short cut is waste of time and killer of the foot

For it forces us to focus on the branch rather the root

 

We need scholars who strengthen our unity

And help us to eradicate this poverty

And become good members of the society

 

Open your mind

And be kind

If not you are way behind

 

Do not interfere in Allah’s business?

By judging those who verify the two witnesses

 

Take the knowledge’s journey

It has fountains that pour sweet water of honey!

 

Fountain of a good attitude and fountain of tolerance

Fountains that clean us from arrogance

 

In this sweet long road of knowledge

As you study page by page

Extremism vanishes and there will be no damage

 

Walk through the road of knowledge which is long

While you are young and strong

Knowledge is a long road that we have to sacrifice

And its ideal vehicle is patience

 

*Mohamed Edris is an Arabic Language teacher at the Islamic Institute of Toronto