There was a time
When the universe ended
At the walls of my room.
But when the veil was lifted
And my horizon expanded,
I became lost in the vastness
That was laid before me;
I marveled at wonders
That entered my sight.

I found wisdom like a sea
That irrigated both
The named and unnamed.
I picked lessons like fruits
From trees of stories.
My days were reflections –
Shared and received.
I saw everything as pages to
The book of the world.
I saw speech as a gateway to
The reservoir of experiences.
So when I walked
Through these libraries
In my newfound realm,
I walked amongst giants,
And from their high shoulders,
I could perch to explore.

I plucked a feather from
Every goose that flew by,
And I built wings from
Harvesting the quills of wisdom.
As I spread them out far
And soared to newer heights,
I saw only the Qur’an,
The best above all –
The most complete of guides,
An incomparable miracle.
At this, I was humbled before the One
Who may increase me in knowledge,
Who may allow me to learn
From the fruits of most benefit.
With hopes of betterment,
I submitted myself to
The All-Knowing, the King, the Truth.
Whose speech not only invites me
To success in this world,
But more importantly to the success
Of the eternal Hereafter.


This poem depicts an understanding about the nature of wisdom. Our perception expands with wisdom. A closed and lacking mind limits us to that which is immediate. Only when we break this restraint do we realize that our own realm is simply an atom of the entire picture, and that the true magnitude of wisdom is beyond anyone’s comprehension.

The poem describes different places where wisdom can be found. One reason for the various avenues is that wisdom does not discriminate against any particular group. It is equally due to the people whom we read or study, the people whose names are long forgotten, and the people of today, which is why I state in the poem, “I found wisdom like a sea that irrigated both the named and unnamed.” Every story or event that has occurred or that will occur holds some significant good that allows us to gain a deeper understanding. A lesson can be learned in numerous ways through simple acts of sharing. Dialogue for example, allows one to access others’ wisdom as well as opening their own. All in all, the different means and places for wisdom are like libraries in the sense that they are collections of information, and we can learn more from these “libraries” as we can learn more about our surroundings from the view from a “giant’s shoulder”.

As we realize more about the nature of wisdom, we may naturally be humbled. What we learn can be the means to more holistic understanding – like “plucking feathers” and “building wings” to reach other places. However, if we were to truly gauge this gain, we have to understand that the Qur’an is the one undisputed source that can never be ignored. This is the book that has been given to us for guidance, and it is a book with the best of stories. In order to gain the most of wisdom, learning from the Qur’an is imperative. To achieve this, we need to seek wisdom from the One who bestows it to whomever He wills. The most beneficial wisdom is the one that leads us to the Qur’an, humbleness, and submission. This particular part of wisdom is what we should strive to achieve so that we may better our Deen and work towards success insha’Allah.

“Then high above all is Allah, the King, the Truth. And be not in haste (O Muhammad s.a.w.) with the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.’” (Surah Taha: 114)

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3 Responses to "Quills of Wisdom"

  1. RZ says:

    What a beautiful poem, mashaAllah! Especially loved the analogies

  2. onlinebusiness says:

    success will prevail

  3. Amal says:

    Masha´Allah! The idea is deeply profound and very interesting! I never understood Aristotle when he said that the beginning of wisdom is to know that you know nothing, but now I suppose that what he said may be true.