This is the tale of an average man
Who acts contrary to God's plan
If you reflect from within
Then repent today and commit no sin
It was early in the morning at four
When death knocked upon a bedroom door
"Who is there?" the sleeping one cried
I'm Israel let me inside
At once, the man began to shiver
As one sweating in deadly fever
He shouted to his sleeping wife
"Don't let him take away my life."
"Please go away, Oh Angel of Death
I'm not ready to go yet
My family, on me depend
Give me a chance to go back and amend
The angel knocked again and again
"My friend, I'll take your life without pain
It's your soul that God requires
I come not with my own desires
Bewildered, the man began to cry
"Oh Angel, I'm afraid to die
I'll give you gold and be your slave
Don't send me to the unlit grave
"Let me in", the angel said
"Open the door, and up from your bed
If you do not allow me in
I will walk through it, like a Jinn
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
"My friend, now prepare for your doom
Foolish man, Angels don't die
Put down your gun, no need to sigh."
"Why are you so afraid Oh man
To die according to God's plan?
Come, smile at me, do not be grim
Be happy to return to him."
"Oh Angel, I bow my head in shame
I had time to remember God's name
From dawn 'til dusk, I made my wealth
Not even caring for my spiritual health."
" God's commands I never obeyed,
Nor sincerely I ever prayed
A Ramadan came and Ramadan went
But no time had I to repent."
All charities I did ignore
Taking usury more and more."
"Sometimes I sipped my favorite wine,
With flirting women I sat to dine.
Oh angel, I appeal to you
Spare my life for a year or two."
"The laws of the Qur'an, I will obey
I'll begin prayer - this very day
My Fast and Hajj I will complete
And keep away from self-conceit."
"I will refrain from usury
And give my wealth to charity
Wine and evil, I will detest
God's oneness I will attest."
We Angels do what God demands
We cannot go against His plans
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 of your fears
But it is now too late to shed tears."
"You lived in this world, for decades and more
Never did you, your people adore
Your parents you did not obey
Hungry beggars, you turned away."
"Your two ill-gotten, female offspring
In nightclubs, for livelihood they sing
Breaking promises all your life
Backbiting friends and causing strife."
"From hoarded goods, great profits you made
And your poor workers - you underpaid.
Horses and cards were your leisure
Money-making was your pleasure."
A pint of blood, you never gave
which could a little baby save."
The ending however is very sad
Eventually, the man became mad
With a cry, he jumped out of his bed
And with that he just fell down dead.
Oh! Reader take a moral from here
You never know, your end may be near.
Change your living and make amends
For Heaven, on your deeds depend.
Author: G H E Hanker