A Chinese Emperor’s poem about Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam)
Hong Wu a Chinese Emperor in the fourteenth century who built mosques as well as having an army inclusive of several Muslim generals.
Hong-Wu (also known by his given name Zhū Yuánzhāng) was the Emperor of China between 1368 – 1398 CE. He was the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, leading an Army that conquered the country and defeated away the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.
Despite being a non-Muslim, Hong-Wu ordered the construction of several mosques in Nanjing, Yunnan, Guangdong, and Fujian as well as adorning the mosques with the inscriptions of the name of the Prophet Muhammad. He was also responsible for the rebuilding of the Jinjue Mosque in Nanjing and large numbers of Hui (Muslim Chinese) people moved to the city during his rule.
Hong-Wu also included 10 Muslim generals in his army, including Chang Yuchun, Lan Yu, Ding Dexing, Mu Ying, Feng Sheng, and Hu Dahai. In addition, Hong-Wu’s spouse, Empress Ma, was also a descendant from a Muslim family while he was originally a member of a Muslim rebel group led by Guo Zhixin.
Emperor Hong-Wu wrote a 100-word eulogy praising Islam, Allah Azza Wajallah and the Prophet Muhammad ( Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam) which he placed in the mosques he ordered to be built.
The eulogy is in the form of a poem.
The One-Hundred Word Eulogy:
Since the creation of the Universe,
God had decreed to appoint,
This great faith-preaching man,
From the West he was born,
He received the Holy Scripture,
A Book of thirty parts,
To guide all creation,
Master of all Rulers,
Leader of Holy Ones,
With Support from Above,
To Protect His Nation,
With five daily prayers,
Silently hoping for peace,
His heart towards Allah,
Empowering the poor,
Saving them from calamity,
Seeing through the darkness,
Pulling souls and spirits,
Away from all wrongdoings,
A Mercy to the Worlds,
Traversing the ancient majestic path,
Vanquishing away all evil,
His Religion Pure and True,
The Noble & Great.
A Chinese Emperor’s poem about Prophet Muhammad