A Choice To Be!

A choice to be!

This is a story of an average Joe
A life filled with lies and sorrows
The love ones he throws
Just to satisfy his egos

Starting as a hardworking pious man
Working hand to hand
All seems swell
And he was happy as well

Then he ventured into business
To overcome life madness
Too soon he was successful
Always with a stomach full

A crack began to appear
Success made his sholat disappear
A self made man he is considered
As now none he feared

With money to spare
Extravagance becomes his pair *
Drinking, women and gambling is a daily affair
His wealth he didn’t share**

His family he forgets
All evil he did without regret
His parent he upsets
Unlawful child he begets

A similar story we always hear
Often too late to shed tears
A man succumbs to his lust
But how long will it last? ***

In life we have to take all in moderation
Islam should be our consideration
As our action reflect our passion
Just as Rasulullah (pbuh) mentioned

In Al-Quran, Qarun was the figure ****
His wealth was the trigger
A test of his Iman
As he failed to answer Allah’s command

Now dear poetry reader
Please read and consider
Don’t just wait and see
What is your choice to be?

Penned by Qalamuddin 25th Dec 2010

* Al-Quran 17:27 “Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones, and the Evil One is to his Lord (Himself) ungrateful.”

** Zakat is a mandatory process for Muslims in order to physically and spiritually purify their yearly earnings that are over and above what is required to provide the essential needs of a person or family.

*** Al-Quran 39:42 “It is Allah that takes the souls (of men) at death: and those that die not (He takes) during their sleep: those on whom He has passed the decree of death, He keeps back (from returning to life), but the rest He sends (to their bodies) for a term appointed. Verily in this are Signs for those who reflect.”

**** Al-Quran 28:76-82 “76. Qarun was doubtless, of the people of Moses; but he acted insolently towards them: such were the treasures We had bestowed on him that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men, behold, his people said to him: "Exult not, for Allah loveth not those who exult (in riches).
77. "But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on thee, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good, as Allah has been good to thee, and seek not (occasions for) mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do mischief."
78. He said: "This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge which I have." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed, before him, (whole) generations,- which were superior to him in strength and greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected? but the wicked are not called (immediately) to account for their sins.
79. So he went forth among his people in the (pride of his wordly) glitter. Said those whose aim is the Life of this World: "Oh! that we had the like of what Qarun has got! for he is truly a lord of mighty good fortune!"
80. But those who had been granted (true) knowledge said: "Alas for you! The reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is best for those who believe and work righteousness: but this none shall attain, save those who steadfastly persevere (in good)."
81. Then We caused the earth to swallow up him and his house; and he had not (the least little) party to help him against Allah, nor could he defend himself.
82. And those who had envied his position the day before began to say on the morrow: "Ah! it is indeed Allah Who enlarges the provision or restricts it, to any of His servants He pleases! had it not been that Allah was gracious to us, He could have caused the earth to swallow us up! Ah! those who reject Allah will assuredly never prosper."