A Divine Bath

“If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day, would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” The Prophet added, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah wipes out sins.” (Bukhari)

Your day is interrupted by the harmonic voices of adhan.
They call to you, each minaret from every neighboring village.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,
God is Great, God is Great!

It is time for your first bath of the day (there are four more
yet to come). Divine sponges and soaps of gold hang above
as you wait to be lathered in heaven’s foaming river.
You watch,
silent, calm,
your lips sealed like the closed pages of the Holy Quran,
while powdered fragrances fuse into white
and silver mist, lingering in the air around you. Inhaling,
you realize it is musk.

Yaa Ayyuhal-Muddaththir,
Oh you who is enveloped in garment!

You loosen the knots of your dirty dress while dust
and grime gather generously on the soil beneath your feet.
Your bare body submerges in water and a surge of thought
thrusts through the walls of your body.

You remember

the feeble poor pleading your hand, and your pitiless
glares and pride; your mother, aging, a victim of time,
and your back turned, scarring her.

You are facing Him.                                               He is facing you.

Wa-Thiyaabaka fatahhir,
And your garments, keep free from stain!

As it is poured onto you, every drop of holy water seeps
into the pours of your skin. A mighty river and your flesh,
a base over which water glides,
washing away the sinful impurities that have polluted you.

In fresh garment, drenched with His mercy and love, you return
to a familiar land–hill neighboring hill, by minarets and mosques,
in a village you call home.

Huwa ‘ahlut-taqwaa wa’ahlul-maghfirah,
He is the Lord of Righteousness and the Lord of Forgiveness!

-Q Madinatayn Student-

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One comment on “A Divine Bath

  1. Smiley says:

    I love this post. It is very well written Masha’Allah. Thank you for the reminder.

    -Smiley

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