His Last Words…

His last words were
As-salah As-salah!
The Prayer! The Prayer!

Speaks volumes of his most-blessed character
Last few breaths exhaled used as a reminder
For the first thing we will be questioned over

On the dreaded Day of Qiyamah
He will say: My Ummah! My Ummah!
But he was doing that even in the Dunya

More worried for us than our own parents
More concerned for us than our own selves
Iman perfected when he becomes beloved

His speech was ‘jawami’ al-kalam’
comprehensive, concise, eloquent
with a wealth of meaning behind them

Why ‘As-salah! As-salah?’
To guard our prayer
Think fiqh –
learn the prayer
Salah comprised of
Shahadah and Qur’an
Du’a and Salawat
Dhikr, what else you want?

It’s about jama’
congregating
uniting as one
Community is from
commune
the Mosque is our refuge
sanctuary from the refuse
Rows standing side by side
representing human variety
ranked according to piety only

The prayer is
physical movements for
metaphysical improvements
the ethos of the Shari’ah
stability of everything worldly
for next worldly glory
Bow down then prostrate
humble your intellect
raise the heart above your mind
This is the way Angels pray
up in heaven’s hallways

Revelation was sent down
for Sawm, Zakat, Hajj
But as for
As-Salah! As-Salah!
The Prophet was taken up
into highest heavens
to receive the 5 prayers
The prayer’s our mi’raj
remoteness from shaytan
conversating with God
slave or free-man
Proof of our Iman
Action, not empty psalms
Ending with salams
right then left
East and West
All peoples are safe
under Islam

You see now why
As-Salah! As-Salah?
Prayer’s the answer
Prayer’s the reason
Seasons change
Worship is constant
we leave this world behind
Life is fleeting
Matter is evanescent
whispers of prayer
transcendent

As-Salah! As-Salah!
His words were urgent
Allah is the King
Salah the agent

Our Prophet
Unending peace
and blessings upon him
Mercy to the world

He wanted for us
to know our Lord!
As-Salah! As-Salah!

Those were his last words.

صلى الله عليه وسلم

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~ by B Majnun on July 24, 2008.

2 Responses to “His Last Words…”

  1. I would like to borrow this poem to share with others insha Allah.. I will keep your name on it as well… This is an excellent poem and needs to be shared. Please let me know if I have your permission….

  2. Sorry for late response, thanks for comment and yes you can share no worries.

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