70 The Ways of Ascent: Poems based on the Qur’an

Angels Ascending painting by Christine Binns

“By the Lord of every sunrise and sunset;”

the Lord of the beginning and the end,

whom angels and the Spirit

ascend to the place of seeing.

Our days are numbered in time,

predetermined by Allah-

there will be no recourse

for unbelievers

who frantically dismiss all else

except their selfish desire

to save themselves —

just as they lived on earth

thinking only of themselves

so they will lose themselves.

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