An Ode to Remember: The Burda of Al-Busiri in Cairene Ottoman Houses

Noha Abou-Khatwa

in Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162442
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970115 | DOI:
An Ode to Remember: The Burda of Al-Busiri in Cairene Ottoman Houses

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Throughout history panegyrics were written for the Prophet; they started during his lifetime with Hasan ibn Thabit. Ibn Thabit used to recite, in poetic verses, the events taking place in the early days of Islam. The Burda of al-Busiri, the theme of this chapter, was written by Sharaf al-Din Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Sa'id ibn Hammad ibn Muhsin ibn Abd Allah ibn Sinhaj ibn Hilal al-Sinhaji. The poem was composed after the miraculous healing of al-Busiri from paralysis upon seeing the Prophet in a vision where the Prophet touched al-Busiri and threw a cloak over him. With so many benefits and uses the Burda of al-Busiri is deeply cherished by generations of Muslims and was and still is recited for many purposes and in many places all around the Muslim world.

Keywords: Muslim; Prophet; Burda; al-Busiri; poem; miraculous healing

Chapter.  4684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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