A Poem by Shah Isma’il
Here is a poem composed by Shah Isma’il the first king (shah) of the Safavid Empire. His poetry is very interesting, I will be interested to see what everyone thinks of it. I should also note that despite what you are about to read Isma’il was not crazy.
Adun Shah Isma’il haqqun siriyam
Shah Isma’il is my name, I am the mystery of Truth
Of all of these Ghazis I am the commander
Fatima is my mother, ‘Ali is my father
Of the twelve Imams I am the Pir
Upon Yazid I revenged my father’s blood
Know well that I am the coin of Haydar
The living Khidr and Jesus son of Mary
The Alexander of the people of the afe
Behold Yazid and the polytheist and the dammed!
Quit am I of the Qibla of the hypocrites
With me is Prophethood and the secret of Sanctity
Successor am I to Muhammad Mustafa
With my sword have I subdued the world
I am the Qanbar (menial slave) of ‘Ali Murtada
Safi is my grandfather, Haydar is my father
Of the people of courage, truly I am Ja’far
Husayni am I-my curse upon Yazid
Khata’i am I, a servant of the Shah
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