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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 58. AL-MUHSI, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When earth shall quake with quaking
Last Line: In mercy on our judgment-book.
Subject(s): God; Islam


Al-Mûhsi! The "Accountant!" laud Him so
Who reckoneth up the deeds men do below.

"IN GOD'S NAME, MERCIFUL, COMPASSIONATE!"

When Earth shall quake with quaking,
And cast her burden forth
Of corpses; and live men
Shall ask—with terror shaking—
"What aileth Earth?" that day
She shall reply, and say
That which her Lord commands:
And men shall come in bands,
This side and that side, ranged to show
Their works, and the account to know.
And he that wrought of good a red ant's weight
Shall see it writ:
And who did evil, aye! as the skin of a date,
Shall witness it.

Al-Muhsi! dread Accountant! look
In mercy on our judgment-book.





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