Spiritual Commentary on the Burdah: Part 6 - Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui

Spiritual Commentary of the Burdah Series

The Burdah of al-Būṣīrī is from among the most famous poems composed in honor of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ. In this series of commentaries on selected couplets from the Burdah, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui reflects on its spiritual lessons.

Couplet 16

مَنْ لِّيْ بِرَدِّ جِمَــاحٍ مِّنْ غَوَايتِهَــا

كَمَا يُرَدُّ جِماَحُ الْخَيْــلِ بِاللُّـجُمِ

"Who can hold back my headstrong soul from the error of its ways,

Just as wild horses are restrained with bridles and reins?"

Theme: The aspirant realizes that he cannot tame his nafs by himself. We must tame the horse of our nafs/self by holding onto its reins. We are meant to mount our nafs, and control it—and not succumb to being mounted upon and ridden by the passions and desires of our nafs.


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