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Poems by Sajjad Shamsi
We are starting a series of English poems written by Sajjad Shamsi (now  residing in England). The reader will get to know the poet through the following  introduction, written by the late Dr. Haider Hussain Shamsi, for his anthology of  poems, titled, " Gathering Shadows ". 

by Dr. Haider Hussain Shamsi

Sajjad Shamsi was born in Nairobi, Kenya into a devout Muslim family whose  illustrious ancestor, Shah Shams (buried in Multan City, Pakistan) was none  other than the great mystic known as Shams Tabriz, the master of Jalal-uddin Rumi  , the famous 13th Century poet and Sufi ( the most-read poet in the United 
States, according to a recent study). 

Sajjad Shamsi learnt the principles and philosophy of his faith as well as  the Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages from his father at young age. It is for  this reason that the basic Muslim philosophic theme is reflected in his poetry. 
He started writing poetry and short stories while he was quite young. He was  very active in promoting the culture of the Urdu speaking people in the virgin  territory of British East Africa. 

Sajjad Shamsi held various important positions in the British Civil Service  in Kenya. Before he left for England in 1964, he was the Director of Kenya  Asian Broadcasting Service in Nairobi. He had a great opportunity to enjoy and to  promote his talents, and gain further insight into the classic literature,  poetry and music of Indo-Pak sub- continent. He traveled to India and Pakistan on  cultural exchange programs and broadcast much of his work from the national  broadcasting facilities of those countries . 

Having settled in England, he continued to write, participate in, and host  poetical recitals in his new environment and soon built up a good circle of like  minds and admirers. Over the years, he has made numerous radio and television  appearances in England. 

A fateful motor vehicle accident in 1977 put a new twist in his writing. He  wrote several poems in Urdu language addressing his beloved (Allah) complaining  about the painful affliction of the loss of his eye sight. But soon he gave  up the complaints about his loss, and emerged as a new Sajjad, a man of vision. 
He often said that he had gained more than what he had lost! 

He wrote prolific poetry after the accident, and volumes of his Urdu works  have already been printed and published. This English language rendition is the  first to be published and my wife Adiba and I feel honored to host this 

It is hoped that the English language reader will enjoy and appreciate the  poet's mysticism as well as the pathos and melancholy that run through the  poet's writings.

Dr. Haider H. Shamsi 



by Sajjad Shamsi


Stop and Think

(inspired by  a saying of ALI  IBN  ABI  TALIB)


Stop and think how did you spend the day

How well did you conduct and acquit yourself.


Were you avaricious, were you greedy

Or were you charitable and compassionate?

Stop and think, by word or deed.


Did you hurt your neighbor

Or did you by a kindly act

Bring joy and happiness to a sorrowing soul?


By the end of the day a small tradesman

Writes up his books and tots up his takings.


Has he made a loss or did he make a gain

Did he do an honest day’s trade?


On the morrow he will try to better himself

And endeavor to improve his lot.


Stop and think if you can do the same

And make the world a happier place. 


For by your thought, work and deed

Will the world at large judge you.




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