Amherst D. Tyssen

Hymn on Mohammed ﷺ in the Cave

The Cave of Mt. Thawr wherein the Blessed Prophet and Abu Bakr hid during the Hijra. (Photo: Nadir Ahmed Sindhu)

Hymn on Mohammed in the Cave is a poem written by the early English Muslim convert and poet Amherst D. Tyssen (1843–1930). It recalls the pivotal moment during the Hijra when the Prophet ﷺ and Abu Bakr took refuge from the idolaters pursuing them in a cave of Mount Thawr, south of Mecca.

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The Prophet with one faithful friend
In the dark cavern stood,
A thousand foemen scouring round,
All thirsting for his blood.

“Alas, my master,” spake the liege,
“Our term of life is sped;
I hear the murd’rous bands approach,
Intent to strike us dead.”

“Be not distressed!” in accents firm,
The Prophet’s voice replied;
“For God is mightier far than they,
And God is on our side.

“Will He we live, no mortal power
Can take our lives away;
Will He we die, to Him we pass;
No need to feel dismay.”

Oh, may we thus through life’s rough voyage,
With all its tempests cope;
Make God the rock whereon we cast
The anchor of our hope.

Come weal: to Him we give the praise;
Come woe: on Him we rest;
E’en death is bliss to hearts assured
Whate’er He sends is best.

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Abdal Hakim Murad

Yaseen Andrewsen


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