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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 53. ALLAH-AL-WAKIL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Verily god is guard
Last Line: Have us in thy fidelity.
Subject(s): God; Islam

Alai kul shay Wakîl! Guardian of all!
By this name trustfully on Thee we call.

Verily God is guard!
What other hath created you, and made
Men gone before, and earth's foundations laid
So broad and hard.
To be your dwelling-place;
And Heaven's star-jeweled face
Arched for your roof-top; and the tender rain
Sent down at the due season, whereby grain
Groweth, and clustered gold
Of dates, and grapes that hold
The purple and the amber honey-juice?
These for your use
Your Lord and "Agent" gave.
Make Him no peers, nor other guardian have.

Allah-al-Wakîl! Thy wards are we;
Have us in Thy fidelity.

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