*”Ya Mawla, send prayers and peace always and forever Upon Your beloved, the best out of all of Creation.”

They stoned you once
until your feet were shod in the blood
that was to be the balm for humankind.

And now they stone you again,
their trajectories more sinisterly misguided,
for they stumble blindly on your path.

*excerpt from Qasida Burdah by Imam al-Busiri