Poem Which Made Imam Ahmed Cry

Solitude by karfozy
A man once came to Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal and asked him; O Imam, what is your opinion on poetry? He replied; Which poetry is this? to which the man responded by reciting the following couplets:
إذا ما قال لي ربي اما استحييت تعصيني
If my Lord asks me, “Have you (any) shyness in disobeying me?
وتخفي الذنب عن خلقي وبالعصيان تأتيني 
You conceal your sins from my creation – and with sins you come to me.”
فكيف أجيبُ يا ويحي ومن ذا سوف يحميني؟
So how will I answer? O woe to me – and who shall protect me?
أسُلي النفس بالآمالِ من حينٍ الى حيني 
I keep averting my soul with thoughts of hope – from time to time.
وأنسى ما وراءُ الموت ماذا بعد تكفيني 
And I forget what is to come after death – and what is to come after I am shrouded.
كأني قد ضّمنتُ العيش ليس الموت يأتيني
As if I am guaranteed life (eternally) – and that death will not come to me.
وجائت سكرة الموتُ الشديدة من سيحميني 
And when the severe stupor of death overtakes me – who will protect me?
نظرتُ الى الوُجوهِ أليـس منُهم من سيفدينـــي
I looked at the faces; is there not from amongst them who will ransom me?
سأسأل ما الذي قدمت في دنياي ينجيني 
I will be asked regarding what I have prepared in my life to save me (on the Day of Judgement).
فكيف إجابتي من بعد ما فرطت في ديني 
Then how will I answer – after I have neglected my religion.
ويا ويحي ألــــم أسمع كلام الله يدعوني 
Woe to me! Did I not hear the Speech of Allāh inviting me?
ألــــم أسمع لما قد جاء في قاف ويسِ 
Did I not hear what came in (the chapters of) Qāf and Yā-Sīn?
ألـــم أسمع بيوم الحشر يوم الجمع و الديني 
Did I not hear about the Day of Gathering, the Day of Assemble and the Day of Judgement?
ألـــم أسمع مُنادي الموت يدعوني يناديني 
Did I not hear the crier of death inviting me, calling me?
فيا ربــــاه عبدُ تــائبُ من ذا سيؤويني
So O my Lord, a slave (turning to you) I have repented – so who then shall shelter me?
سوى رب غفور واسعُ للحقِ يهديني 
Except a Lord extensive in forgiveness – to the truth He will guide me.
أتيتُ إليكَ فارحمني وثقــّـل في موازيني
I have come to you (in repentance) – so have mercy on me, and make heavy my scales (with good deeds).
وخفَفَ في جزائي أنتَ أرجـى من يجازيني 
And lighten my account – You are the best of who will bring me to account.
Imam Ahmad took these lines and repeated them over and over again, and wept profusely to such an extent that one his students said that he almost perished due to him crying so much.
Photographer; Karfozy
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Means Of Success In This World And Hereafter

Wahb ibn Munabbih said,
It is written in the Torah, ‘He who prepares provisions [for the Hereafter] in this world will be safe from Allah’s punishment on the Day of Judgement; he who leaves hatred will be praised on the Day of Judgement in front of the whole creation; he who abandons love of leadership will be honoured on the Day of Judgement in front of the Omnipotent King; he who abandons the excesses of the dunya will be blissful amongst the righteous ones [on the Day of Judgement]; he who abandons quarrelling in this world will be amongst the winners on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons miserliness in this world will be mentioned in front of the whole of creation on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons repose in this world will be happy on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons the prohibited in this world will be in the company of the Prophets on the Day of Judgement; he who abandons looking at that which has been prohibited in this world, Allah will delight his eyes on the Day of Judgement in Paradise; he who abandons wealth and chooses poverty in this world, Allah will raise him on the Day of Judgement amongst the beloved and the Prophets of Allah; he who assists others in fulfilling their needs, Allah will make him free from all needs in this world and in the next. He who wishes to have good company instead of solitude in his grave should wake up in the darkness of the night and pray; he who wishes to be in the shade of the Throne of the Merciful should become an ascetic; he who wishes his bring to account to be easy should advise himself and his brothers; he who wishes the angels to be his visitors should become God­conscious; he who wishes to live in the delight of Paradise should remember Allah during the night and day; he who wishes to enter Paradise without any bringing to account should repent to Allah with a sincere repentance; he who wishes to be rich should become contented with what Allah the Exalted his allotted for him; he who wishes to be a man of understanding in the sight of Allah should have fear of Allah; he who wishes to be wise should seek knowledge; he who wishes to be safe from people should not mention anyone except with good and take a lesson from his own self and ponder over why and from what he was created; he who wants dignity and honour in both the dunya and in the Hereafter should give preference to the Hereafter over the dunya; he who wishes for al­Firdaws (the highest rank in Paradise) and infinite happiness should not waste his life in the vices of the dunya; he who wishes for Paradise in this world and the next should adopt the path of generosity, because the one who is generous is close to Paradise and far from Hell; he who wishes his heart to be enlightened with the complete light should adopt the path of contemplation and of taking lessons [from life and creation]; he who wishes to have a body that patiently endures [hardships], a tongue that is in constant remembrance [of Allah], and a heart which is fearful [of Him] should adopt the path the path of seeking forgiveness for the believers – male and female, and for the Muslims – male and female.”