The Poem that made Imaam Ahmad (رحمه الله) Cry

إذا ما قال لي ربي .. أما استحييت تعصيني
وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي .. وبالعصيان تأتيني

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.”

فكيف أجيب يا ويحي .. ومن ذا سوف يحميني

So what will I answer? O’ Woe to me,
and who shall protect me do you see?

أسلي النفس بالآمال .. من حين إلى حين

I keep forestalling my soul
with thoughts of hope from time to time

وأنسى ما وراء الموت .. ماذا بعد تكفيني

And forgetting what is to come after death,
and after I am warped in the sheets of the dead

كاني قد ضمنت العيش .. ليس الموت يأتيني

As if I have guaranteed living forever,
and that death will not overcome me

وجاءت سكرة الموت الشديدة من سيحميني

Then the harsh drunkenness of death overtakes me,
who now will be able to protect me?

نظرت إلى الوجوه أليس منهم من سيفديني

I looked at the faces, is there not from amongst them
who will ransom me?

سأسأل ما الذي قدمت في دنياي ينجيني

I will be asked
what have I put forth in my life to save myself

فكيف إجابتي من بعد ما فرطت في ديني

So what will I answer,
after I’ve been neglectful regarding my Deen

ويا ويحي ألم أسمع كلام الله يدعوني

O’ woe to me, did I not hear the
Speech of Allaah calling out to me??

ألم أسمع لما قد جاء في ق و يس

Did I not hear what has come in Qaaf’n, wa Yaseen’i

ألم أسمع بيوم الحشر يوم الجمع والدين

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

ألم أسمع منادي الموت يدعوني يناديني

Did I not hear the caller of death
calling me… seeking me…

فيا رباه عبد تائب من ذا سيؤويه

O my Lord! a slave to you I come repenting,
who then shall grant me shelter?

سوى رب غفور واسع للحق يهديني

Other than an oft-forgiving Lord,
to the truth He will guide me.

أتيت إليك فارحمني وثقل في موازيني

I have come to you, so have mercy on me,
and make heavy my weights

وخفف في جزائي أنت أرجى من يجازيني

And lighten my reckoning, You are the best
of Who will bring me to reckoning!


“Munaaqib of Imaam Ahmad by Ibn al-Jawzee, page: 205 (Dhayl Tabaqaat’l-Hanaabilah, 1/53)

Posted on August 21, 2014, in Inspiring Stories and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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