(إذا ما قال لي ربـــّي )
If my Lord asks me
“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’ve been neglectful regarding my Deen
O’ woe to me, did I not hear the
Speech of Allah calling out to me?
Did I not hear what has come in Qaaf'n, wa Yaseen'i
Did i not hear of the day the crowds will be summoned,
the day we will be collected, and the day of al-Deen'i
Did I not hear the caller of death
calling me; seeking me
O my lord a slave to you I come repenting,
who than 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
of who will bring me to reckoning.
Translated by Abu Hamza