Abu Bin Adam

Abu Bin Adam

Abu Bin Adam (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Bin Adam bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said
“What writest thou?”—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered “The names of those who love the Lord.”
“And is mine one?” said Abu. “Nay, not so,”
Replied the angel. Abu spoke more low,
But cheerly still, and said “I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men.”

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And lo! Bin Adam’s name led all the rest.

James Henry Leigh Hunt


15 thoughts on “Abu Bin Adam

  1. this poem is very good i like it very much the moral of this poem is that we should love Allah and belive on Him because He is Great. There is no God Accept Allah

  2. This poem is very nice having great message that GOD love those peole who love his fellow men or other human beings. Therefore if we want the blessings of GOD then we should be careful in our acts regarding other human beings, Thanks, May GOD bless us all.

  3. A good poem, God bless him. great man who got the name top of the list in the angel book. It shows, there is no limit from the God, rather God says one time call me i will reach toward you 70 times. he love with the man that 70 mothers love is below from his love. So careful in the matter of God. Abu thinked although his name is not in the list yet he believe on God, God never leave him alone.

  4. I, as many other people throughout the U.S. did that grew up in the 40’s and 50’s, were required to memorize this poem in grammar school. Does anyone know why this rather unusual poem was chosen?

    • interesting, I did not know this.
      I would like to know aswell, I would think it has to do with teaching the young ones to share and experience the love between themselves.

  5. I have found that his poem was memorized by elementary grade children throughout the United States in the 1940s, and 1950s, and perhaps before and after. It would be interesting to know how it became part of such a widespread educational curriculum.

  6. I also learned this poem in school in the U.K. (c. 1942) I think the purpose of teaching it was to strip away all the fences, tests, creeds and religiosity of our many and varied faiths. It taught us the Higher Way, – love of one another regardless of our religious “colors”, – or total lack of affiliation with any religion. — Mark.

  7. It also was used in the high schools in the US after World War II…1946 – 49… to further international understanding and love after the end of a tragic war…

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