“Born of the Light” by Amin Mawji

Born of the light
My guiding beacon
A light seen unseen
In shadows fading clean

Born of the ocean
My river of truth
Flowing ebbing
A source unseen

Like the sun and the dew
We have our pact
My destiny surrendered
To the warmth of your noor

Like the drop and the ocean
We have our rendezvous
But how I need my river
To carry me through

Born of the light
The rope unfolds
And fifty years on
My beacon shines on


(Rai) Amin Mawji is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. Before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he graduated from The London School of Economics where he met his wife Gulnar. Both Amin and Gulnar were born in Kenya. They have two children, Sophia and Sameer. Born of the Light was inspired by and written during the Golden Jubilee year, when Amin was serving as the Mukhi of Putney Jamatkhana. Amin currently serves as the President of  His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.

Editor’s note: The image shown at the top of the poem is not part of the original submission by the contributor.

Please click Expressions of the Golden Jubilee: “The Festival of Poetic Expressions” for more poetry and photos from the event.

3 thoughts on ““Born of the Light” by Amin Mawji

  1. I am very glad to see these poems published on this Web site, which we can now all enjoy. I note the participation by Ismaili leaders in this wonderful endeavour, such as this poem by President Amin, who was then a Mukhi of a London Jamatkhana. The organizing team headed by Dr. Kurwa is to be congratulated. The group photo on the home page illustrates the large contingency of younger members of the Jamat who took part in this Festival.

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