By Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, LL. D.
OH THE GREAT AMERICANS!
STIR UP YOUR CONSCIENCE!
The history was busy to write your name,
Amongst the nations with the highest fame.
The world was proud of your grace,
Virtue and love were the signs of your face.
From your soil, streams of justice used to flow,
To the vices and wrongs , you were a lethal blow.
You used to inspire a trust in all,
You drew no line between big and small.
The cascade of wisdom from your mind,
Quenched the intellectual thirst of every kind.
To the benighted humanity, you sowed new seed,
The compassion of Jesus (p.b.u.h.) was your creed.
Why suddenly, for you, this turn of fate?
How you emerged as a symbol of hate.?
Stir up your conscience,
Look ahead with prescience.
Strain your nerves to see the right,
With a sense of justice, not with might.
Your eyes will perceive a demeaning course,
That made you believe in arms and force.
Delve deep into your soul,
To find out your filthy role.
Each part of the globe was within your reach,
With the Bible in hand; its lesson to preach.
You threw it away with a ruthless shake,
Your hands now possess weapons , for power sake.
The world is now standing aghast,
Why this all has happened so fast.?
I know, only a few in your midst,
Spoiled your serenity with a grisly twist,
Sullied your image as a graceful race,
And eclipsed the sedateness of your pace.
Rise up ! purge your glory,
Of the present grim story;
Restore your lost dignity,
With penitential ‘sad’ and ‘sorry’.
Listen to the shrieks and wails,
See the destruction and travails,
Your sons have caused in others’ land,
With the dead falling like heaps of sand.
When the advent of Christ (p.b.u.h.) is too close,
Why you became so hideous, and why you chose,
To smear your face with innocent blood,
To engulf the humanity with your raging flood.
Now is the time for you to repent,
For what you have done, and what you spent,
To bring about fright and fear all around,
Let once again the global ambience reverberate,
Not with threats and piercing cannonade,
But with your soothing sermons, and remorseful sound.
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Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani, LL. D.
Chairman, All India Muslim Forum, Lucknow- India