O sister of Al-Azhar and Dar al-Hikmah,
O beautiful nest of shooting stars,
I’ve come to pay homage to you.
O safe haven of intellectual vitality,
O gatherer of scholars and scientists,
I’ve come to bow my head in your honor.
“But I am ruined – can’t you see? I couldn’t save the libraries…” she responded.
O preserver of tradition,
O birther of new knowledge,
Mistake not the letters for the Light,
The Light is eternal and the legacy has continued!
Come, let’s dance in the Light and set everything ablaze – watch new academies form right before your eyes!