I remember reading this in a comic magazine ‘Ujang’ a couple of decades ago. It’s a good read… I copied it and put it at the back of my Technical Writing text book… I liked to do those kinds of things. It’s like putting my right brain to a little bit of creative work. I still like doing it now… only now, I blog. I can share with more people this way :)
This is from a PERKIM pamphlet I took from National Mosque. I feel that this text is a bit different from the ones that I read decades ago. But, the lessons to learn from it are still the same.
Too Late for Tears
Adapted by Dr Y Mansoor Marican, Ph.D from “Operation Death” by G.H.E Vanker.
Death knocked on
a bedroom door.
“Who is there?” The sleeping one cried.
“I am Angel Izrael, let me inside.”
At once, the man began to shiver
as one sweating in deadly fever.
He shouted to his wife,
“Don’t let the Angel take my life.”
“O Angel of Death, I’m not ready yet.
My family, on me depend,
give me a chance to go back and mend”
The Angel knocked again.
“O man, it’s your soul that I require,
I come not with my own desire.”
Bewildered, the man began to cry:
“O Angel, I’m so afraid to die.”
“Let me remain here as your slave,
don’t send me to the grave.”
“Let me in, O man”, the Angel said.
“Open the door,
get up from your bed,
you can’t stop me from coming in,
Angels can go through objects,
thick & thin.
The man held a gun in his right hand,
ready to defy the Angel’s stand.
“I’ll point my gun towards your head,
You dare come in – I’ll shoot you dead.”
By now, the Angel was in the room,
saying, “O man, prepare for your doom,
foolish man – Angels never die,
put down your gun and do not sigh.
“Why are you afraid – Tell me O man –
to die accordingly to Allah’s plan?”
“O Angel, I bow my head in shame,
I had no time to remember Allah’s name.
From dawn till dusk, I made my wealth,
not even caring for my spiritual health.
Allah’s commands I never obeyed,
nor five times a day I ever prayed.
A Ramadhan came and
a Ramadhan went,
but no time had I to repent.
The Hajj was already obligatory upon me,
but I would not part with my money.
All charities I did ignore,
taking usuary more and more.
Sometimes I sipped my favourite wine,
with flirting women I sat to dine.
O Angel I appeal to you,
spare my life a year or two.
The laws of the Qur’an, I will obey,
I’ll begin Salat – this very day.
My Fast & Hajj I will complete,
and keep away from self conceit.
I will refrain from usury,
and give all my wealth to charity.
Wine and unlawful women,
I will detest,
Allah’s oneness, I will attest.”
“We Angels do what Allah demands,
we cannot go against his commands.
Death is ordained for everyone –
father, mother, daughter and son.
I’m afraid this moment is your last,
now be reminded of your past.
I do understand your fears,
but it is now too late for fears.
You lived in this world,
two score or more,
Your parents you did not obey,
hungry beggars, you turned away.
Your two ill- mannered, female offspring,
in nightclubs, for livelihood they sing.
Instead of making more Muslims,
you made your children non- Muslims.
You ignored the Azan (call to prayer),
Nor did you recite The Holy Qur’an,
Breaking promises all your life,
backbiting friends and causing strife.
From hoarded goods,
great profits you made,
and your poor workers –
Horses and cards were your leisure,
money- making was your pleasure.
You ate and ate,
and grew more fat,
with the very sick, you never sat.
A little donation, you never gave,
that could a little baby saved.
you’re clever and strong,
but O man,
you’ve done enough wrong.
Paradise for you? I cannot tell,
the disbelievers will dwell in hell.
There is no time for you to repent,
I’ll take your soul for which I am sent.”