Poem by Imam Shaf’iee(R): ‘Let the Days…’

‘Let the Days…’

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Let the days do as they please,

And be optimistic when destiny decrees.

Do not despair due to the events of nights passed,

For the events of this world were not meant to last.

And be a man who, in the face of fear is strong,

With loyalty and forbearance adorned.

And if your mistakes are many amongst the folk,

And you wish to have for those mistakes a cloak…

Then conceal them with generosity as hence,

Every fault is covered as –is said- by benevolence.

And do not show weakness to an enemy,

For dispersion of foes is a calamity.

Generosity cannot be hoped from the miserly,

For no water exists in the Fire for the thirsty.

And your rizq will not decrease though late it may arrive,

And it will not increase though one may labour and strive.

No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity,

Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury.

If you are the owner of a heart that is content…

Then you and the owner of the world are equivalent.

And for him upon whose horizon death descends,

No earth can offer him protection, nor any sky defend.

The earth of Allah is certainly vast and infinite,

But if decree descends, then all the sky constricts.

Let the days betray every once in a while…

For there is no medicine that will protect from death.

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By Imam Ash-Shaf’iee (R)

From his Deewan

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[One conclusion out of the many: English language destroys the beauty of words.]

And Allah SWT knows Best.

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