Response to Muawiyah I
|Response to Muawiyah I
by , translated by Muhammad Diyab al-Atlidi
|This translation of the letter appeared in Historical Tales and Anecdotes of the Early Khalifahs.|
Be not hasty, Commander of the Faithful, for verily thy vow shall be redeemed in private and in public.
Though overcome by admiration, I acted not unlawfully, for how could I bear the titles oppressor, adulterer?
Hold me excused, for surely, hadst thou seen her, my passion had been thine, by nature's inevitable law. This sun will soon approach thee; there is not her peer within the realms of men or of genii.