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Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎

The Chinese Emperor’s Poem about the Prophet Muhammad (saw)

On 18, Jan 2013 | In Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ | By Abu 'Aaminah

Hong-Wu (also known by his given name Zhū Yuánzhāng) was the Emperor of China between 1368 – 1398 CE. He was the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, leading an Army that conquered the country and defeated away the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.

Despite being a non-Muslim, Hong-Wu ordered the construction of several mosques in Nanjing, Yunnan, Guangdong and Fujian. He rebuilt the Jinjue Mosque in Nanjing and large numbers of Hui (Muslim Chinese) people moved to the city during his rule.

He had around 10 Muslim generals in his army, including Chang Yuchun, Lan Yu, Ding Dexing, Mu Ying, Feng Sheng and Hu Dahai. In addition, Hong-Wu’s spouse, Empress Ma, descended from a Muslim family while he was originally a member of a Muslim rebel group led by Guo Zhixin.

Emperor Hong-Wu wrote a 100 word eulogy praising Islam, Allah and the Prophet Muhammad which he had placed in the mosques which he ordered to be built.

The eulogy is in the form of a poem, each verse containing 4 words (characters) and 4 syllables. In the translation below I have strayed away from trying to keep the 4 word per verse translation in favour of a more literal translation which conveys the full meaning in flowing English.

The One-Hundred Word Eulogy:

Since the creation of the Universe,
God had decreed to appoint,
This great faith-preaching man,
From the West he was born,
He received the Holy Scripture,
A Book of thirty parts,
To guide all creation,
Master of all Rulers,
Leader of Holy Ones,
With Support from Above,
To Protect His Nation,
With five daily prayers,
Silently hoping for peace,
His heart towards Allah,
Empowering the poor,
Saving them from calamity,
Seeing through the darkness,
Pulling souls and spirits,
Away from all wrongdoings,
A Mercy to the Worlds,
Traversing the ancient majestic path,
Vanquishing away all evil,
His Religion Pure and True,
Muhammad,
The Noble & Great one.

Written by Sh. Musa Cerantonio

Comments

  1. The Prophet (p) was born in the East? But in the poem it says:

    From the West he was born

    • Maybe you should think about that one a bit more.

    • Abu 'Aaminah

      Makkah is west from China.

    • Demographically speaking, the Arabian peninsular is to the west of the great land of China

    • From China is west as USA is west to Saudi Arabia. Thanks

    • for chinese Mekkah is in the west, for americans its in the east

    • If you are in China, Arabia is West of it. For Far East Middle East is West.

    • If you are in china then makkah is in the west, got it.

    • The location of the Prophets SAW birth is east for US in the UK and USA and it is WEST for people in CHINA

      Saudi Arabia is centrally located

    • Look at a map. Saudi Arabia is west of China! It’s East for us but he was on the other side of the world.

  2. I am totally amazed and deeply touched. This piece of information from ancient history (China) is an incredible addage to my knowledge when delievring talks about Islam to non-Muslims. I am in a total plesasent shock. Thanks so much fro sharing such amazing piece from history.
    Yousef Abugosh

  3. Wa ‘alaykum salaam. Thank you for posting this. I wonder if anyone knows if the original Chinese is available anywhere.

    Yes – very funny that folks would think that “East” is a location on the map and not a relational point.

  4. Assalam alaykum,

    MashaAllah, this is a beautiful poem. Are you sure he didn’t convert to Islam at some point in his life? It seems to be written from the perspective of a believer.

  5. A delightful share – this; jazakAllah khayr for sharing the translation :)

  6. Jazaakallah. It is always so uplifting to hear the extent of the impact that the Prophet pbuh has had on the world, it’s leaders and thinkers. Whenever I come across this kind of history I am humbled, moved and inspired. Thank you!

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