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PEARLS OF THE FAITH: 69. AL-MAKUTADIR, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Verily, all things - saith the book - we made
Last Line: Almighty allah! Nigh to thee.
Subject(s): God; Islam

Al-Muktadir! the "Powerful!" by this
Praise we the Word, whence cometh woe and bliss.

Verily, all things—saith "the Book"—We made,
Decreeing; and Our bidding was one word,
Quick, as the twinkling of an eye; and all,
Whatever things men do, stands in scrolls,
Where great and small alike are written down:
And then shall surely come the Hour—the Hour!
And bitter for the sinners it will be
When they are dragged, upon their faces, down
To hell, and taste the touch of fire; but sweet
Will it be for the pious,—these shall sit
'Mid streams and gardens in the seat of truth;
Happy, near Muktadir, the Mighty One.

Grant us that seat of truth to see
Almighty Allah! nigh to Thee.

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