Culture & Society

  • Issue 94 / July - August 2013



    Ascencion to His Mercy

    Musa Ilhan

    As the water of ablution trickles down my face
    Anticipation overwhelms me in the presence of His Grace
    Cleansed is my body, before the purification of my soul

    Ascension to His Mercy is my objective and my goal
    Two feet on the mat, the mat of salvation under my feet
    My very existence being beckoned for my Lord to meet
    Humbly I gaze, visualizing with clarity His holy House

    For this fire within me, only His Compassion can douse
    With a wave of my hands, everything carnal is set behind
    Proclaiming His Greatness, to all that is worldly I’ve become blind
    His Words of Compassion and Mercy come forth from my very lips

    All that is chaotic or meaningless has been totally eclipsed
    Submissive to His Will, from His own Book, are the words I speak
    “Only Thee do we worship, and Thine aid do we seek” (Qur'an 1:5)
    I announce His Majestic Governance and Rule of all the realms

    Being in submission to His Omnipresence, truly overwhelms
    The burden of my deficiencies weighs heavily on my shoulders
    Compelling my back to bend, I denounce all attributed partners
    He has no partners and no err can blemish His Glory or Throne

    For He Sees and Hears all, and for Him everything is Known
    I throw myself onto my mat, face down, my forehead kissing the floor
    O Merciful One, Your Might and Greatness, to the universe I roar
    Prostrated with humility, I acknowledge all that You take or provide

    It is only to Your Will that all of creation and existence will subside
    Having a value of zero in my Owners presence
    Soliciting forgiveness, salvation, atonement, and penance
    A moment of eternity, free from time and space
    Yet, everything encapsulated within His universal Grace

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