Eid Mubarak a thousand times


by Badri Raina, Aug 2013


Finally, our actions must make

Our wishes  horses,  so we ride

To embrace every one’s human need;

Let that be the gift of this year’s  Eid.
Let  illiterate doctrine  stay above,

And angry  law yield to love.


Let the grand Mufti drink copiously

Of the  incandescent  wisdom of  Chisti.

Let Kabir, Nanak, Bulla, Farid

Illuminate the meaning of Eid.


Let not the husband beat the wife,

Or the man of god misuse the knife.

Let no one ever again be the “other,”

But  friend, sister, comrade,brother

Across all faiths and denominations,

Lands, rivers, borders, stations.


Let the Allama bow to Ghalib and Mir,

And the music of the Sufi uplift and bear

Our basest  self-righteousness beyond

The hate-filled, scared, sectarian pond.

Let god be found upon the earth,

Dancing to the innocence of mirth.


Eid Mubarak a thousand times,

Ring the bells, unleash the chimes.

One Response to “Eid Mubarak a thousand times”

  1. sudhan Says:

    A beautiful poem by Badri Raina who is a leading social and political critic and activist in India. A great scholar and a non-compromising champion of the rights of the people, including religious minorities and marginalised communities.


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