Talk Islam presents its latest spoken-word piece produced by OnePath Network.
The poem titled ‘What have you done for this Day’, captures the horrifying reality of a day we will all have to face. The vocals only track featuring Essam of Third World United, prompts us to repeatedly ask ourselves this one question before we reach our inevitable fate.
The lyrics are as follows:
What have you done for this day?
What have you done for the day
your body is laid
onto a bed of dirt, mud and clay,
in a hole that is cold, dark and grey
6 feet deep only to be locked away
As your family gathers outside to pray
They say their goodbyes and cry
until they can no longer stay
you hear their footsteps slowly fade
Until you come to realise
That you are now all alone in your grave
The silence sinks in until you are suddenly faced
By two Angels who sit you up in your place
Asking who is your Lord, who is your Prophet and what is your faith?
What will you say?
On the day the trumpet is blown
and our bodies are raised
out of our graves and onto the plains
under the sun without any shade
Barefoot and naked with nothing to cover our shame.
On the day we stand sweaty and scared
From terrors of which no one is spared
Terrors that a leave a child grey-haired¹
I mean what have you prepared?
For the day a mother abandons her young²
A father will flee from his son
And everyone will panic and run
As though they are drunk
but they are not drunk
ولكن عذاب الله شديد
Rather the punishment of Allah is severe
On the day the scales are brought?
And our works are weighed
The books are dispersed
And our deeds are displayed
Every major every minor
Every action that was made
And Even if it was an atom
It will be written in a page³
On the day all is revealed
And all secrets are leaked
Our lips will be sealed
And our limbs will speak
From our hands to our feet⁴
Bearing witness of all we used to reap
On the day the Fire’s exposed for all to see⁵
Causing all of mankind to drop to its knees⁶
trembling and weak, begging God Please,
If you just take us back we’d be of those who believe⁷
For the day Paradise is brought near⁸
Towards the pious and towards the sincere
For them is no sadness for them is no fear
For them is a life of everlasting happiness and cheer
So will you be of those in Al- Jannah or those in Al-Sa’eer (The Blaze)
On a day we take the Siraat over the Blaze
And tread on a path, thinner than a hair yet sharper than a blade
Will you be of those who fall or those who are saved?
يوم يعض الظالم على يديه
On a day an oppressor will bite on his hands
scream out and say
How I wish I had taken with the Messenger a way⁹
How I wish I never took such a friend as a friend¹⁰
For he led me astray
How I wish I was of those who obeyed¹¹
AKA the Day of Judgement, the Day of Regret
The Day of Resurrection also known as the Day of Recompense
So if you hear these words, I urge you to stop and reflect
Take a moment to pause and repent
Make an intention to make some amends
And ponder this question again and again
until you reach the very end.
What have I done for this day?
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