Poem by Imam Ash-Shafi’e: “It is upon you to have Taqwa of Allah when you are forgetful …”

Bismillah!

This is a poem that hangs in the window of one of the bookstores here in Makkah. I noticed it one day while walking by with Abu Fouzaan and took a picture. After doing a little research, I found out it was written by Imam Ash-Shafi’e (may Allah have mercy upon him) and I love his poems. Masha Allah it’s meaning is VERY deep, as are all of his poems. Enjoy!

‎”It is upon you to have Taqwa of Allah when you are forgetful,
sustenance will come to you from where you dont know.
How are do you fear poverty when Allah is the provider,
indeed he provided for the birds and the whales in the sea.
And whoever thought that sustenance comes with power,
when the bird ate something with the eagles.
This world goes by you and you do not know,
if the night covers will you live until Fajr?
Who many healthy died without a reason,
and how many weak live forever?
How many youth go to sleep and wake up laughing,
and we buried him at sunset and he didn’t even know?
So whoever lives a thousand then a thousand years after that,
no doubt there will come a day when you will to the grave!”
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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

One Response to Poem by Imam Ash-Shafi’e: “It is upon you to have Taqwa of Allah when you are forgetful …”

  1. olavattur says:

    do continue with your research. i have heard about the poems of imaam shfi. publish more with translations…thanks may allah reward you.

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