Who shall cast the first stone?
Allah is the source of mercy, the measure of the Qur’an:
Who created mankind, but the One?
And who endowed us with the powers of expression,
And created for us the ways of articulation?
To Allah, the sun and moon are, without error, compliant,
The stars and trees are his unerring servant.
High indeed are the bounds of the sky,
And in the night they dance,
Yet according to and set by the scales
Established by omnipotence.
So do not upset the scales balance.
O ye who believe! Be witness unto equity!
Do not let any people seduce you into hate,
From justice never deviate.
Always to justice be witness,
For it is part of God’s consciousness.
If you have found faith,
Then you may choose whom you embrace,
As superior over both claimants
Is God, or the Priestess, without lesser bias,
Such as some mens desire is driven.
It matters not if you are shriven or un-shriven.
If you distort the truth, or withhold,
Or if you boldly dare,
Allah is aware, of all you do;
He is fully aware, of old and new.
Anything that runs counter to reason, is not of Him,
But of another kind.
He exhorts you repeatedly to bear this in mind.
When the girl-child, buried alive,
Is asked, “For what were you slain?”
Always shall the answer be,
“I died for the vain."
This is enough to move a mountain,
Establish running streams, create a fountain.
Be so moved, and ye need not explain.
If the seas boil over,
Remember the camel raised on sweet clover.
If the sun folds, and the stars fall,
Remember it is the will of Allah.
For the children of Israel we did ordain,
That if one take a life,
They merely sow discord and strife.
And, let this be a sign:
If you save one life it is like saving mankind.
If you are forced by hunger, and not by sin,
Then, lo! God is forgiving.
The meaning of all events may be a parting of the ways,
Which we are unable to bear with patience.
Then have a care, and keep thy silence.
If, in the night, thou art disturbed by terror,
Remember the truth stands free from all error.
And no man needs coercion,
For no man comes to Allah without Allah’s permission.
As to Heaven and hell,
You can only exhort, you cannot compel.
No act of kindness is forbidden,
If in full equity is the just giving.
Who disregards, may he disregard:
Denial of the truth may bring harm,
But it is not illegal, forsooth!
Do your duty to yourself, and others, and God, and prosper,
In patience, yet do not proffer
Pearls to the prosperous,
On them the wealth is lost.
Never transgress: for we cannot see all punishments,
At any cost.
Yet ye may bring forth the Presence,
And be powerful, and defend,
Against all darkness the world might send.
All these are part of existence,
Not needing proof, in equity is knowing,
Even if the path is not glowing.
Enjoin peace, as God-fearing,
And closer to equity thou art moving,
And peace is there for the sowing.
Those who are unjustly wronged,
Need God as a sustainer,
Yet God favors the week,
And the strong, are oft abandoned by their very nature.
Such are men in their stature.
For the deniers of truth, their work becomes naught,
For in the web of their own sin they are caught.
Do not despair! The prophets shall win election,
Yet beware, for there exists a further session,
Before evil shall fall of its own transgression.
Be a pardoner and forgiver,
And God shall be your continual comforter.
If there be trial, the evil shall slip,
Against the Inviolable Place of Worship.
Let there be no hostility, except to wrong-doers.
For their persecution, this is allowed,
Yet if the evil desists, their company may be followed.
This much is sure, for God is Forgiving, and Merciful.
Live for the living, avoid subjugation,
And if you break with your own conscience,
It is an abomination.
After all, for them We ordained the Torah.
Although, for some wounds there must be retribution.
Know by how you feel, and mitigate sins,
For justice is not only without, but within:
Observe to yourself your own obligations,
And be bound fairly to the instituted dispensations.
Where there is insight, life finds preservations.
The Day is still dawning, so take promised reckoning,
And take thee fair warning.
Cleave to the centre of the morning.
The secrets of the breast shall be known,
However it is that thou becomest informed.
Seek ye divination, and seek ye harmonization,
and mind your diction, and enunciation.
Speak simply, yet with daring coercion.
Practice memorization, and come to satisfaction,
Avoid putrefaction, write dramatization, use implication.
Avoid stupefaction, as you seek interaction.
Follow the road less travelled with traction.
Maximize monetization, as a benefaction.
Avoid prohibition, make ambition your tradition.
Complete your rendition, under any condition.
Overcome the perdition, even with a malediction, avoid dereliction.
Make your depiction in deepest reflection, avoid distraction.
Make every correction against misdirection,
Will all due circumspection.
Act with gumption: let this be an injunction.
Yet fight with proportion, for just restitution,
Yet make the institution your ablution.
Avoid incorrect attribution.
Seek your contribution, so as to overcome your destitution.
Be kind in retribution.
Never sink to prostitution, but always use caution, as a substitution.
Refine all execution.
If this is not enough, make amends,
Even as the glowing stars doth send,
Secrets of the high, Most High,
Never give up, and always try.
If you find yourself in a hole,
Use the above for your goal.
It is good for the soul.
~ Mark Woods Browning