إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون
(To Him we belong and to Him we shall return)
I have never met Ali but he immediately enthralled me through his tremendously powerful words. He inspires me to live up to the teachings of Ahlulbayt (a.s.) and the Quran so humbly and beautifully.
He managed to utilize so many rhetorical elements in all of his poems, invariably setting a message of free interpretation.
I’m going to share a short story since you’re reading this. Several months back, I had a poetry extra-credit assignment and I was extremely anxious to boost up my grade. At that time, I had memorized Ali’s poem, “Peekaboo!”. I was constantly telling myself that I shouldn’t do it and that it is pointless… On the flipside, I knew that such an amazingly crafted poem can inspire so many people, perhaps the way it inspired me. I finally decided to type the poem and immediately began rehearsing. Shortly after, I decided to not only perform it in my AP Literature class but also at a Muharram (commemoration of the 40th of imam Hussain’s death) procession that took place in San Francisco on November of 2015. Although I liked his version better than my own, I passed down his message in hope of reviving his existence as well as imam Hussain’s, among the crowd. Also to mention, I was incredibly nervous of public speaking… However, I am glad I conquered that fear through Ali’s poem and I only hope it inspires and encourages you to do the same. Thanks to Ali for setting such a wonderful and tremendous example for others to look up to.
I would like to close this by leaving you with a reminder about death: “This life is like a breath. No matter how long you hold on to it, you have to let go eventually.” Ask yourself, what do you really want to leave behind or achieve in this world?
I truly hope you find the answer.
May Ali’s soul rest in peace and may Allah (swt) hasten the reappearance of Imam Al-Mahdi (aj) and make him among his leaders.