Ghazali’s Deathbed Poem (Qul li-ikhwani)

Abu Hamid al-Ghazali
Translated by Martin Lings

I am a bird, and this was once my cage;
But I have flown, leaving it as a token.

Ere now I was a dead man in your midst,
But I have come to life, and doffed my shroud.

Listen to the poem translation, read by Guy Ogilvy for the Matheson Trust:

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Originally published by the Islamic Texts Society, and reproduced here by kind permission.

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