Yā Imām al-Rusli (يا إمام الرسل), “O Leader of the Prophets”, is a popular qasida in the Levantine tradition. It extolls the praiseworthy qualities of the Prophet ﷺ.
Yaa imaamar rusli yaa sanadee
Anta baabullaahi mu‘tamadee
Fa bi dunyaaya wa aakhiratee
Yaa rasoolullaahi khudh biyadee
Qasamam bin najmi ḥeena hawaa
Mal mu‘aafaa was saqeemu sawaa
Fakhla‘il kawnayni ‘anka siwaa
Ḥubbi mawlal ‘urbi wal ‘ajamee
Sayyidus saadaati mim muḍaree
Ghawthu ahlil badwi wal ḥaḍaree
Ṣaahibul aayaati was suwaree
Manba‘ul aḥkaami wal ḥikamee
Qamarun ṭaabat sareeratuhoo
Qa sajaayaahu wa seeratuhoo
Ṣafwatul baaree wa kheeratuhoo
‘Adlu ahlil ḥilli wal ḥaramee
Maa ra’at ‘aynun wa laysa taraa
Mithla ṭaahaa fil waraa basharaa
Khayru man fawqath tharaa atharaa
Ṭaahirul akhlaaqi wash shiyamee
Translation from Damas Cultural Society (damas.nur.nu)
O leader of all Prophets, O you my Support,
You are the door to Allah, the one on whom I rely.
In this my worldly life (dunya) and in my afterlife,
O Messenger of Allah, take me by my hand.
An oath was sworn “By the star when it declines”,
Good health and sickness are not alike.
So divest yourself of the two universes, except for
Love for the Master of the Arabs and non-Arabs.
He is the Master of Masters, from the people of Muḍar,
The great helper of the people of desert and cities,
He was given signs (āyāt) and Suras,
He is the source of wisdom and Sacred Law.
Like a moon, good and wholesome is his heart,
his character and his way of life.
He is the most pure and and select of all people,
A righteous witness for people of right and wrong.
No eye has seen, or ever will see,
A human being the like of Ṭā Hā.
He is the best who ever left traces on earth,
Pure in character and noble personal traits.