The Angel of Adab
(or The Exhilaration of Ascent and Descent)
One evening, I met the Angel of Adab,
And he gathered me in his arms,
Spread his wings far to the East
And further to the West,
Before carrying me up,
High above the mountains,
High above the clouds,
High above the meaning
Of mountains and clouds,
To places whose names
Are not recorded in
"Look here, Mr. Angel" I said,
"It is all very well for you to
Bear me up so high,
The Angel said,
"To experience the exhilaration
Of the ascent, of course!"
"And what if I was to fall
From the sky?"
To which the Angel replied,
"Then you shall experience the exhilaration
Of the descent, of course!"
(adab means manners, or good manner)
Angels. What a humourless lot they are. We were keeping company with books in the Hermitage in the Sky, when above us, clouds and sunlight formed to create a beautiful tapestry. He watched my face brighten with gladness looking at the stunning vista, before he interrupted my thoughts thus, "Aah... no doubt that so high above the earth you would feel so close to God and to goodly thoughts, do you not?"
I nodded my agreement.
Then he continued. "Yet to take that final step towards the Divine Presence, you need to be met by the Brethren Angel of Death and your inert body lowered into a freshly dug grave, into the Earth itself. Is this not true?"
"Yes, true and very ironic." I noted.
"You will find many ironies on this journey." He concluded, before once again, we fell silent in awe of Allah's manifest beauty and recreation.
|Humourless, angels might be, but by God they are truthful.|
He he he.
wa min Allah at-taufiq, madad ya Saydeena Muhammad (s.a.w.s.), madad ya Shah e Mardan, Saydeena Ali Ibn Abu Talib (r.a.)
Hate has no place in Islam
Love will show the Way