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Ali ibn Muhammad al-Busiri Biography and Poems

Ali ibn Muhammad al-Busiri Biography and Poems. This is biographical information on Ali ibn Muhammad al-Busiri, one of the best poets of all time. This biography page also provides a link to poems written by al-Busiri, as well as, a video biography...if available.

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al-Busiri, Ali ibn Muhammad

al-Busiri (Abu 'Abdallah Muhammad ibn Sa'id ul-Busiri Ash Shadhili ) (1211–1294) was a Sufi Egyptian poet of Berber descent belonging to the Shadhiliyya order. He lived in Egypt, where he wrote under the patronage of Ibn Hinna, the vizier. The most famous of these is the Qaida al-Burda (Poem of the Mantle). It is entirely in praise of the prophet Muhammad, who cured the poet of paralysis by appearing to him in a dream and wrapping him in a mantle. The poem has had a unique history (cf. I. Goldziher in Revue de l'histoire des religions, vol. xxxi. pp. 304 ff.). Even in the poet's lifetime it was regarded as sacred. Up to the present time its verses are used as amulets ; it is employed in the lamentations for the dead; it has been frequently edited and made the basis for other poems, and new poems have been made by interpolating four or six lines after each line of the original. It has been published with English translation by Faizullabhai (Bombay, 1893), with French translation by R. Basset (Paris, 1894), with German translation by C. A. Ralfs (Vienna, 1860), and in other languages elsewhere.

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