Inspiration: A status of Shahraiz Tabassam, which is the title of this poem (or at least that’s what I remember it was). I told him I’d write something on this and he said I better get credits for it. Although he was joking but I do owe him a jazakAllah khayr for putting that up :) Check out his work here https://www.facebook.com/studiostabassam
P.S. I’m reading this at SIST ’13 insha’Allah :) Do pray Allah gives me the courage and wisdom to carry it out properly!
We slumber as time passes by
On this strange journey that we’re on
Rarely do we wake up and realize
We need to worry about what’s going on
Do we even care on those occasions?
When we find someone who never arose?
Lying there, breathless, soulless…
Everyone around them when is morose…
Have we ever thought about what happens to him?
Who’s not able now to follow his whim?
Depends when the angels came to take his soul
Was he doing a good deed or was he doing a sin?
And what would happen to us? – The arrogant ones!
So thoughtlessly pointing the mistakes of one another!
But how do we feel when the Quran is recited?
Take it in enjoyment or do we ever shudder?
And what do we do when it’s time for Salah?
Keep going on with our routine works?
Or do we leave everything and say Labbaiyk
When we hear the caller saying “Hayya ‘Alal Falah, Hayya ‘Alal Falah”
No need to be amused
Cuz I’m really confused
Is all of this just a dream?
And all I need to do is scream!
If this world is just a lie
Would I wake up only when I die?
NO I need to take a stand
Start obeying HIS command
Time to solve this mystery
What happened is all history
Can’t wait for Death to wake me up
When angels come and shake me up
I need to know the answers
Of all the questions I’ll be asked
But first, I need to break free from the society that has chained me up
Because what if I go to sleep and never really wake up!
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The angel of death was sent to Moses and when he went to him, Moses slapped him severely, spoiling one of his eyes. The angel went back to his Lord, and said, “You sent me to a slave who does not want to die.” Allah restored his eye and said, “Go back and tell him (i.e. Moses) to place his hand over the back of an ox, for he will be allowed to live for a number of years equal to the number of hairs coming under his hand.” (So the angel came to him and told him the same). Then Moses asked, “O my Lord! What will be then?” He said, “Death will be then.” He said, “(Let it be) now.” He asked Allah that He bring him near the Sacred Land at a distance of a stone’s throw. Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Were I there, I would show you the grave of Moses by the way near the red sand hill.”
I absolutely love the part where Musa (AS) slaps the angel. Seems more like a punch, as the angel’s eye got ‘spoiled’. That is so like him. :D
Coming back to the point.. Lesson to be learnt: death is the only inevitable truth. You can’t avoid it, no matter how long you live.
Question: am I prepared for it?
Hadith no. 314 is a repeat. Read it here.
Volume 1, Book 6, Number 315:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet said, “At every womb Allah appoints an angel who says, ‘O Lord! A drop of semen, O Lord! A clot. O Lord! A little lump of flesh.” Then if Allah wishes (to complete) its creation, the angel asks, (O Lord!) Will it be a male or female, a wretched or a blessed, and how much will his provision be? And what will his age be?’ So all that is written while the child is still in the mother’s womb.”
How amazing is that? SubhanAllah! All that information in our DNA (and more) is put in when we’re nothing but a lump of flesh. Is that not enough to make us humble before Allah (SWT)? As He says in the Qur’an:
قُتِلَ الْإِنسَانُ مَا أَكْفَرَهُ
مِنْ أَيِّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقَهُ
مِن نُّطْفَةٍ خَلَقَهُ فَقَدَّرَهُ
ثُمَّ السَّبِيلَ يَسَّرَهُ
“Be cursed (the disbelieving) man! How ungrateful he is!
From what thing did He create him?
From Nutfah (male and female semen drops) He created him and then set him in due proportion.
Then He makes the Path easy for him.” [‘Abasa: 17-20]
I wonder if we’d still believe in it with such conviction if science hadn’t discovered the DNA and forensic science as yet. I just wonder..