`Abdullah ibn Rawahah (RAA), whenever he met one of the Companions of the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), used to say, “Come, let us believe in our Lord for a while.” When the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) heard about this, he said, “May Allah have mercy on Ibn Rawahah, for he loves the gatherings that the angels feel proud to attend.”
Let us sit down and believe for a while…
In the dappled sunlight of this June afternoon
Amongst the swaying leaves and the violet bloom
I promise not to ramble on about economic pacts
I will not bore you with depressing trade facts
And partake neither in vain babble nor pretension-
But instead marvel at the exquisite surface tension,
Of a single drop of tender dew
Serenely dripping into view.
Sunlight plays delicately on the Noor and grace
That illuminate your gentle face
Oh my friend, let us sit down and believe for a while
Lest we stray towards the less worthwhile
Pursuits and pleasures and lofty attitudes
And conceits and egos of great altitudes-
I would rather be inspired by this beleaguered ant,
Resolutely forging towards the garden plants!
(A noble ant, whether it can make it or it can’t).
My friend, let us sit down and believe for a while-
Let us pray Asr and then directly after
Deeply contemplate the nearing Hereafter
And pray and pray and sometimes ruminate
And ask for forgiveness in this humble state.
The trees will securely shade our prostrate forms
Swathed and billowing in cotton storms!
And I hope and hope, and I pray and pray
To be as securely shaded on Judgement Day.
My friend, let us sit down and believe for a while
Lest we get caught up in some erring lifestyle
And so do not reflect upon His creation or ponder
And idle away the afternoons in petty squander
No, let us sit down and believe for a while-
No matter what the task or worldly trial.
And may we never come to sorrow at this day’s end
That we spent in prayer with a believing friend-
For we sat down with a smile, we sat down and believed awhile.