Please Forsake My Soul

I saw him approaching; he had come to take me,
Future seemed frightful that I could foresee,
Down on my knees I started to plea,
Cleaving my veins, it was taking a toll,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Give me a day, or some respite,
I will mend my ways and be upright,
Darkness ahead, I could see no light,
It seemed like a deep and gloomy hole,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Give me a moment to repent with remorse,
I promise to return to the true source,
I had shut upon myself all blissful doors,
Was it my nafs or the devil’s role?
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

I immersed myself in amusement and fun,
I felt safe within the web I had spun,
How I wish to escape you now, and run,
Dowsed in ignorance was I, on the whole,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Overpowered by my nafs and Shaitan,
Ignorance felt bliss, without pure iman.
To guidance, I didn’t seem to be drawn,
What will be written now on my scroll?
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

He sent reminders, to guide me through,
Iblis whispered, ‘This isn’t for you!’
To please my Rabb, I must start anew,
Obeying Him should’ve been my only goal,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Negligent to the rights of my Loving Creator,
Turned back from my pledge, I was a traitor,
I kept delaying good deeds for later,
And allowed my desires to take control,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

To understand His word, I couldn’t find time,
Was busy collecting every single dime,
Me and myself, was my only mime,
My contentment and peace, Shaitan stole,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

To me my parents were insignificant,
Despite that, their love was magnificent,
Waiting silently for my acknowledgement,
I was preparing my bed of fire and coal,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

I slandered my family and my friends,
Sins were just dialogues, as part of trends,
Dissecting others through my wicked lens,
Forgot my values, tossed them in a hole,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Good deeds I did are lost by riya,
I didn’t care to please Him, only dunia,
Avoided hijab, compromised on haya,
Trailed the trend like a fish in a shoal,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

I wasted my life in delight, I admit,
Didn’t think I’d be left alone in this pit,
Sins in my book, he may not omit,
Evil acts only, will fill my scroll,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Alone in the ditch, I will be scared,
I have no good deeds, I’m totally bare,
Heedless about my end, I had no care,
I wish I had realized this a bit before,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

Is there a way to change my fate?
Is there a solution or is it too late?
How I wish to be sinless like a clean slate.
I promise my life won’t be out of control,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

I begged and pleaded to let me go,
Command to be fulfilled, the reply was no,
Foul was my record, nothing worthy to show,
Nothing could save me, no one to console,
O’ angel of death, please forsake my soul.

“Your time is up, there will be no respite!”
My soul departed me, in front of my sight…

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Maria Karim

Maria Karim is a full time mommy, coffeeholic, artist, writer, poetess, and blogger.

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