excerpts from “ALI” (formerly “HAGDAR”)

The following excerpts have been selected from a long-term project called ‘Ali’ (formerly ‘Hagdar’), an American English epic poem exploring the life and times of Ali ibn Abi Talib (عَلِيّ ٱبْن أَبِي طَالِب), the cousin, companion, and successor of the Prophet Muhammad. When completed, the poem is estimated to be roughly 10,000 lines in length, spanning almost a century of Arab and Islamic history.



In the name of the Most Gracious, Merciful,

The Master of the heavens and the earth,

The Knower of the hidden and the bared,

In God’s Most Gracious name I now begin:


So sing, O ancient bards, of ageless kings

From far and wide, who spread their spacious wings

Above the lengthy lands and endless seas! Continue reading “excerpts from “ALI” (formerly “HAGDAR”)”

apocalypse OPENING and ALLAH





الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ  nadaبِسمِ ال

رَبِّ العالَمينَ  nadaالحَمدُ لِلَّ

الرَّحيمِ  nadaالرَّح

الدّينِ nada مالِكِ

نَستَعينُ  nadaنَعبُدُ وَإِيّ  nadaإِيّ

المُستَقيمَ  nadaاهدِنَا الصِّ

الضّالّينَ nada المَغضوبِ عَلَيهِم nada الَّذينَ أَنعَمتَ عَلَيهِم  nadaصِ


Hemingway would be proud. Continue reading “apocalypse OPENING and ALLAH”