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Itha Ma Qala Li Rabbi (If My Lord Asks Me)

If my Lord asks me ‘Have you shyness in disobeying me?’

You conceal your sins from my creation and with sins you come to me

إذا ما قال لي ربي أما استحييت تعصيني
وتخفي الذنب عن خَلقي وبالعصيان تأتيني
So how will I answer? O woe to me and who shall protect me?

I keep averting my soul with thoughts of hope from time to time

فكيف أُجيب يا ويحي ومن ذا سوف يحميني
أُسلي النفــس بالآمـال من حينٍ إلى حيني
And I forget what is to come after death and after I am shrouded

As if I am guaranteed life (eternally) and that death will not come to me

وأنسى ما وراء الموت ماذا بعد تكفيني
كأني قد ضَمنتُ العيش ليس الموت يأتينى
And when the severe stupor of death overtakes me, who will protect me?

I looked at the faces, is there not from among them who will ransom me

وجاءت سكرة الموت الشديدة من سيحميني

نظرتُ إلى الوُجوهِ أليس منُهم من سيفديني

I will be asked regarding what I’ve prepared in my life to save me (on the Day of Judgement)

Then how will I answer after I’ve neglected my religion?

سأُسئَل ما الذي قدمت في دنياي ينجيني
فكيف إجابتي من بعد ما فرطت في ديني
Woe to me! Did I not hear the Speech of Allah inviting me?

Did I not hear what came in the chapters of Qaaf and Yasin?

ويا ويحي ألـم أسمع كلام الله يدعوني
ألـم أسمع بما قد جَاء فِي قَافٍ وياسينٍ
Did I not hear about the Day of Gathering, the Day of Assemble, and the Day of Judgement?

Did I not hear the crier of death inviting me, calling me?

ألم أسمع بيوم الحشر يوم الجمع والدين
ألـم أسمع مُنادي الموت يدعوني يناديني
So O my Lord, a slave (turning to you) I have repented so who then shall shelter me?

Except a Lord extensive in forgiveness – to the truth He will guide me

فيا ربــــاه عبدٌ تــائبٌ من ذا سيؤويني
سِوى ربٍ غفورٍ واسعٍ للحقِ يهديني
I have come to you (in repentance) so have mercy on me, and make heavy my scales (with good deeds)

And lighten my account – You are the best of who will bring me to account

أتيتُ إليكَ فارحمني وثقِل في موازيني
وخفِف في جزائي أنتَ أرجـى من يجازيني

 

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