Muslim girls have a message for you: “Look in our oryx eyes and say “Subhanallah”*
The greatest world Muslim emperor of the 9th century was described as a dog, a ram and a large bucket and the poet got away with it!
The story is told of an uncouth poet from deep in the Arabian desert came to emperor Mutawakil in Baghdad to tell him he has a poem he wrote in his praise.
Ali Bin al-Jahm looked a complete mess, so the guards rushed to sweep out of the place but the emperor, Al-Mutawakil (822-861 AD) was intrigued. He gave him permission to begin right away, so Ali addressed him thus:
You’re like a dog in valuing amity,
A ram in war, for enemies you have no pity,
A bucket you are, but what a bucket,
Fuller than all at the well with sins aplenty.
So when the guards readied their swords to chop off his head, the emperor, whose mum was a Turkish Muslim, intervened: “Give him a villa near the bridge on river Tigris where Muslim girls have their daily walks. Make sure it has fruit trees and roses and sweet cool breeze , then bring back to me in six months with a new poem.”
Here are a few lines of his poem, one of the most famous love poems in Islamic literature:
Oryx eyes between Rasafa and bridge,
Wafted towards me love from corners I know,
And every corner I don’t,
To which Muslim girl my love should I pledge,
For friends, sweet for me is love,
And bitter is love for me,
Is there a way to have the sweet,
And let the bitter be?
To a friend I heard her say: lose him not,
Feed him your love, so he may stay,
In portions large and small,
And listen to what I say:
There isn’t a power more potent to sway,
A prisoner of love,
Is in the hardest prisons of all.
As he completed his poem he paused and swayed so the emperor called, “Support my man lest he melts of sweetness and awe.”
We have a little advice for our sisters everywhere. If you don’t want to fall in love steer away from eyes. If you don’t and the eyes introduce themselves to each other and feel safe in the company of each other you’re done, boys and girls, – both of you.
If you want to know why they are called “oryx eyes” have a look here:
* Muslim girls explain: This is a compound made of two words ‘subhan’, an extension of ‘sabbah’ “to name repeatedly” with a consensus meaning of “to name the wonders of”, and ‘Allah’, “God”. From the verb is ‘subha’ or ‘masbaha’ “beads” used by Muslims to count some of the 99 names of Allah. Some people say “Allah” is the “Muslim God” but that’s not correct. The name comes from a prehistoric ancient Arabian bilateral or mono syllabic root morpheme, it could be either, *ʼL. It was used thousands of years later by Jews “El-ohim” and Christians “Eli”. From this root is ʼwwal “first” because Allah is first but the root has many suffixed and prefixed specifier extensions made of his blessed name and one letter either before the name or after. What is correct is that “Allah”, “El-ohim” and “Eli” are from the same ancient root denoting the same God worshipped by more than three billion people. You can consult this reference: