‘The Hundred-word Eulogy’, for Rasulullah SAW by Emperor Hongwu of Ming Dynasty

Zhu Yuanzhang (Emperor Hongwu), Founder of Ming Dynasty

Zhu Yuanzhang (Emperor Hongwu), Founder of Ming Dynasty

Back in the 14th century CE, the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty was finally overthrown by Zhu Yuanzhang and his 10 Muslim Defenders of Ming. The Muslims had been around in China even as early as the time when Saad bin Abi Waqqas RA visited the great nation back in the 600s CE and contributed a lot for the country from dynasty to dynasty.

With the rise of Ming Dynasty by Zhu Yuanzhang (Emperor Hongwu), the Muslims in China prospered again and even the emperor himself admitted that he owed the Muslims for the whole victory. He built many masjids and facilitate the welfare of his people alongside the Muslims within 30 years of his rule.

In some legends it was said that the Emperor himself was a Muslim and some said not, but if you take a look at this marvelous poem by him dedicated for Rasulullah SAW, you’d believe that he was probably Muslim anyway.

This is the translation of the poem and followed by the Chinese version.

‘The Hundred-word Eulogy’

Since the creation of the universe
God had already appointed his great faith-preaching man,
From the West he was born,
And received the holy scripture
And book made of 30 parts (Juz)
To guide all creations,
Master of all rulers,
Leader of the holy ones,
With support from the Heavens,
To protect his nation,
With five daily prayers,
Silently hoping for peace,
His heart directed towards Allah,
Giving power to the poor,
Saving them from calamity,
Seeing through the Unseen,
Pulling the souls and the spirits away from all wrongdoings,
Mercy to the world,
Transversing to the ancient,
Majestic path vanquished away all evil,
His religion Pure and True,
Muhammad,
The Noble High One.

—–

“乾坤初始,天籍注名。傳教大聖,降生西域。授受天經,三十部冊,普化眾生。億兆君師,萬聖領袖。協助天運,保庇國民。五時祈祐,默祝太平。存心真主,加志窮民。拯救患難,洞徹幽冥。超拔靈魂,脱離罪業。仁覆天下,道冠古今。降邪歸一,教名清真。穆罕默德,至貴聖人”

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