O ALLAH, PLEASE SAVE ME FROM THE FIRE IN HELL

O Allah, O my Lord
Please make the tears that I shed while I’m in fear of You
Be the extinguisher for the flames of Your Hellfire
The tears that trickle on the ground
Be the one to relinquish me of all my sins
O Lord! if not for Your blessings
I will not be safe
At least, if not for Your forgiveness
I will not be free from the punishments
I’m helpless, please assist me
My nafs ( desires ) are wild
Please help me constantly to fight against my nafs
Satan is deceiving me as always
Please protect me against it
There are too many paths of evil
Some are obvious while some are inconspicuous
If not for Your guidance I will be lost along the way
Please guide me always
So that I will be free from harm during my journey to You

– ABU BARIRAH-
24-11-1998

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WHEN I LOOK AT THE OCEAN

When I look at the ocean
as far as the eyes can see
it is so vast and wide that I do not see the edge
the waves toss and twirl
the stormy waves roaring ceaselessly
slamming and twisting
it sounds terrifying and scary
inside, it is petrifying
in total darkness, certainly it is suffocating
my heart whispering softly
If hell is like this
its fire fiercely thrusting like tossing waves, billowing
the sound of the fire is like the noisy sound of the wind hitting the waves
the waves moving continuously without any pause
If it is fire from Hell devouring its inhabitants
without any let-up
that is enough to be quite agonizing
I am not able to bear this
what more the Hell Fire from God
who knows how much more horrifying it can be
the more that I am not able to bear the punishment

ABUYA
02-05-1997 after ‘Asar