Monday, 30 November 2009
The Poem that Made Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) Cry
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
This poem made Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (r.a.) cry, so much so that one of his students said that he almost perished due to him crying so much.
‘Have you no shame in disobeying Me?
You hide your faults from My Creation,
Yet full of sin you come to Me’
So what will I answer? O Woe to me!
And who shall protect me, do you see?
I keep forestalling my soul,
With thoughts of hope from time to time,
And forgetting what is to come after death,
And after I am warped in the sheets of the dead,
As if I have guaranteed living forever,
And that death will not overcome me,
Then the harsh drunkenness of death overtakes me,
Who now will be able to protect me?
I looked at the faces, is there not from amongst them
Who will ransom me?
I will be asked,
What have I put forth in my life to save myself?
So what will I answer,
After I have been neglectful regarding my Diyn?
O woe to me! Did I not hear the,
Speech of Allah Calling out to me?
Did I not hear what has come in Qaf, and YaSin?
Did I not hear of the day the crowds will be Summoned?
The day we will be Collected, and the Day of ad-Diyn?
Did I not hear the caller of death,
Calling me; seeking me?
O my Lord, a slave to you I come repenting,
Who then shall grant me shelter,
Other than an Oft-Forgiving Lord?
To the truth, He will Guide me.
I have come to You, so have Mercy on me,
And Make heavy my weights
And Lighten my Reckoning; You are the Best