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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 26. AL-MUZIL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Saith the perspicuous book: 'all things which be are of god'
Last Line: Teach us to find the perfect way.
Subject(s): God; Islam


Oh, Al-Muzîl! what if it be Thy will,
Having made man, to lead him unto ill?

Saith the Perspicuous Book: "All things which be are of God;
Neither, except by His word, falleth a leaf to the ground;
If He will open He openeth, and whom He hath blinded He blindeth,
Leading, misleading; to none liable, blameable, bound."

Saith the Perspicuous Book: "Tied on the neck of a man
Hangeth the scroll of his fate, not a line to be gain-said or grudged;
When the trumpet of Israfil thunders, the Angels will show it and say,
Read there what thine own deeds have written; thyself by thyself shall be
judged."

Wilt thou be wiser than God who knoweth beginning and end?
Wilt thou be juster than He whose balance is turned by a sigh?
He sayeth, "It shall not be equal for the doers of right and of wrong."
"It shall not be equal," He sayeth, "for them that accept and deny."

Al-Muzîl! lead us not astray!
Teach us to find the perfect way.





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