50 God Caused a Man to Die for Just Q2:259
God caused a man to die for just
One hundred years and turn to dust
And then brought him in body back
To life so that he had no lack.
God asked him how long he was so,
And he answered a day to go
Or part of a day, but not more.
God laughed and said look at your score.
Your food is still good in its pouch,
Your donkey resting on his couch,
And you have been a century dead,
And your friends and your kin have fled.
The joke is on those who reveal
The strange beliefs they have at heel,
That there’s a soul that’s made of naught,
And it’s eternal in the plot.
The man was without consciousness
While his body was dead, I guess
There was no light at tunnel’s end,
No heavenly cloud or harp to bend.
He simply did not know a thing
Of what went on by foot or wing.
But when God resurrected him,
He went on where he left off trim.
There was no barzak with a fiend,
There was no angel’s questions gleaned.
There was no patter of the feet
Of mourners going down the street.
While the man’s body rotted there,
His donkey lived immortal, fair,
Or so it seemed, a century,
Just resting from his slavery.
So God teaches a man to know
That he is dust and on the go
Only as God will resurrect
Him or give life and breath select.
But donkeys are favored and blessed,
The favorites of God unguessed.
Those who despise and ridicule
The donkey take the name of fool.
Hymns on the Noble Qur'an by Thomas McElwain