When Death Came Knocking
It was early in the morning at four,
When death knocked upon a bedroom door.
Who is there? The sleeping one cried.
I am Malkul Maut (Angel Of Death), let me inside.
At once, the man began to shiver,
As one sweating in deadly fever,
He shouted to his sleeping wife,
Do not let him take away my life.
Please go away, O Angel of Death!
Leave me alone, I am not ready yet.
My parents and family on me depends,
Give me a chance, O please prepense!
The angel knocked again and again,
Friend! I will take your life without pain,
This your soul Allah requires,
I come not with my own desires.
Bewildered, the man began to cry,
O Angel I am so afraid to die,
I will give you gold and be your slave,
Do not send me to the unlit grave.
Let me in, O Friend! The Angel said,
Open the door; get up from your bed,
If you do not allow me in,
I will walk through it, like a Jinn.
The man held a gun in his hand,
Ready to defy the Angels’ stand.
I will point my gun, toward your head,
You dare come in; I will shoot you dead.
By now the Angel was in the room,
Saying, O Friend! Prepare for your doom.
Foolish man, Angels never die,
(except when Allah will give death to everyone on the day of Qayamat)
Put down your gun and do not sigh.
Why are you afraid? Tell me O man,
To die according to Allah’s plan?
Come smile at me, do not be grim,
Be Happy, to return to Him.
O Angel! I bow my head in shame;
I had no time to take Allah’s Name.
From morning till dusk, I made my wealth,
Not even caring for my own health.
Allah’s command I never obeyed,
Nor five times a day I ever prayed.
Ramadan came and a Ramadan went,
But I had no time to repent.
The Hajj was already FARD on me,
But I would not part with my money.
All charities I did ignore,
Taking usury (interest/riba) more and more.
Sometimes I sipped my favorite wine,
With flirting women, I sat to dine…
O Angel! I appeal to you,
Spare my life for a year or two.
The Laws of the Quran I will obey,
I will begin my SALAT this very day.
My Fast and Hajj, I will complete,
And keep away from self-conceit.
I will refrain from usury,
And give all my wealth to charity,
Wine and wenches I will detest,
Allah’s oneness I will attest.
We Angels do what Allah demands,
We cannot go against His commands.
Death is ordained for everyone,
Father, mother, daughter, or son.
I am afraid this moment is your last,
Now be reminded, of your past,
Do understand your dreadful fears,
But it is now too late for your tears.
You lived in this world, two scores and more,
Never did to you, your people adore.
Your parents, you did not obey,
Hungry beggars, you turned away.
Your two ill-gotten, female offspring,
In nightclubs, for livelihood, they sing.
Instead of making many more Muslims,
Did you make your children non-Muslims?
You did ignore the Muadhin Adhaan,
Nor did you read the Holy Quran.
Breaking promises all your life,
Backbiting friends, and causing strife
From hoarded goods, great profits you made,
And for your poor workers, you underpaid.
Horses and cars were your leisure,
Moneymaking was your pleasure.
You ate vitamins and grew fatter,
With the very sick, you never sat.
A pint of blood you never gave,
Which could a little baby save?
O Human, you have done enough wrong,
You bought good properties for a song.
When the farmers appealed to you,
You did not have mercy, this is true.
Paradise for you? I cannot tell,
Undoubtedly you will dwell in hell.
There is no time for you to repent,
I will take your soul for which I am sent.
The ending, however, is very sad,
Eventually, the man became mad
With a cry, he jumped out of bed,
And suddenly, he fell down dead.
O Reader! Take the moral from here,
You never know, your end may be near
Change your living and make amends
For heaven, your deeds depends.