We hope this slim volume, Islam in Bengali Verse, which presents to English-speaking readers a selection of Farrukh Ahmad’s poetry in translation, will give the outside world some idea of how Islam has reacted on the creative imagination of writers in Bengali. It will help them understand what aspects of Islam as reflected in the life of the Prophet (may Allah bless and exalt him) particularly appeal to the Bengali Muslim mind. Farrukh Ahmad, as Dr. Husain has explained in his introduction, was the greatest modern Muslim poet after Nazrul Islam who wrote in Bengali, but is much less known.
The Institute of Islamic Thought, Bangladesh is grateful to Dr. Syed Sajjad Husain for undertaking to translate Farrukh Ahmad into English. We trust this publication will serve to further the aims and objects of the Institute which is aiming to bring to the notice of the outside world the contributions of Bengali Muslims to Islam and also to educate the younger generation in the basic values of Islamic culture.
We are also thankful to The International Institute of Islamic Thought, USA, the counter part of BIIT in USA for their all out co-operation in the publication of this illustrated Poem.
September 19, 1992
M. Zohurul Islam
Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought
Katabon Masjid Complex, Dhaka.