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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 34. AL-'AZIZ, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maker of all ye truly call the strong and sovereign one
Last Line: Let not thy creatures judge thee so.
Subject(s): God; Islam


Al-'Aziz! "Strong and Sovereign" God, Thy hand
Is over all Thy works, holding command.

Maker of all ye truly call the Strong and Sovereign One,
Yet have ye read that verse which saith whereto His work was done?
Open "the Book," and heedful, look what weighty words are given
(The Chapter of Al-Akhâf) concerning Earth and Heaven.

"The Heavens and Earth," Al-Akhâf saith, "and what-so is between,
Think ye that We made these to be, and then—not to have been?
Think ye We fashioned them in jest, without their times, and plan,
And purpose? Nay! accurst are they who judge of God by man."

Oh, Higher, Wiser, than we know,
Let not Thy creatures judge Thee so.





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