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A Poem By Imam Ash-Shafi’ee (R)

One of my favorite poems from Imam Shafi’ee Diwan that I wanted to share with all of you, (May Allah have mercy on him).

O my Lord, when that which there is repelling alights upon me,

And I find myself leaving this abode

And become Your guest in a dark and lonely place,

Then make the host’s meal for his guest the removal of my wrongs.

A guest is always honored at the hands of a generous host,

And You are the Generous, the Creator, the Originator.

Surely kings, as a way of displaying their magnanimity

Free their servants who have grown old in their service.

And I have grown old in Your service,

So free my soul from the Fire.