Poem: Message to a Wandering Bird
by Dr. Abdul Karim Pasha Saeed
The Light (Pakistan), 24th August / 1st September 1976 Issue (Vol. 56, Nos. 32–33, pp. 6–7)
[Read at a meeting of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat-e-Islam, United Kingdom, on Sunday, 25th July 1976]
Let us all remember a great vision
Seen by the Reformer of this century that soon ends,
Let us all remember that there’s a message
That has to be spread by us, my friends.
The Reformer in one of his visions saw
That he stood in the Western lands,
Around him flew white birds
Which he caught with his hands.
Those who believe in him
And now in this land abide,
Represent the “Reformer” in that vision
And in this fact should take pride.
The white birds in the vision
Were those who would accept the light,
You alone have the lamps
Which to the blind can give sight.
Let’s reflect how much we have done
To serve the cause for which we stand,
How much effort we have made
To guide a blind with our hand.
And let’s make a firm resolution
That each one of us will a missionary be,
We will try to spread the truth
So deaf can hear and blind can see.
That our deed of faith will not be confined
To meetings like the one today,
But each day we live shall be lived
In spreading what the Reformer did say.
Until towards the tree planted by the Reformer
All the white birds do fly,
That the vision is fulfilled
Each one of us will try.
Let’s pray to Almighty, Answering God
To give us strength to spread the ‘word’,
Here is the Way to the Promised Garden
So fly to it, O wandering bird!
Abdul Karim Saeed Pasha
25 July 1976