I Wonder by Sister Camilia Badr

I wonder
If prophet Muhammad visited you 
Just for a day or two 
If he came unexpectedly, 
I wonder what you would do. 
Oh I know you'd give your nicest room 
To such an honoured guest, 
And all the food you'd serve to him, 
Would be your very best 
And you would keep assuring him 
You're glad to have him there 
That serving him in your home Is joy beyond compare 
 But...when you saw him coming 
Would you meet him at the door 
With arms outstretched in welcome 
To your visitor? 
Or...would you have to change your clothes 
Before you let him in? 
Or hide some magazines and put 
The Quran where they had been? 
Would you still watch X-rated movies, 
On your TV set? 
Or would you rush to switch it off 
Before he gets upset? 
Would you turn off the radio 
And hope he hadn't heard? 
And wish you hadn't uttered, 
The last loud, hasty word? 
 Would you hide your worldly music 
And instead take hadith books out? 
Could you let him walk right in, 
Or would you rush about? 
And I wonder...if the prophet spent 
A day or two with you 
Would you right on doing the things 
You always do? 
Would you right on saying the things 
You always say? 
Would life for you continue 
As it does from day to day? 
Would your family conversation 
Keep up its usual pace? 
And would you keep up each and every prayer
 Without putting on a frown? 
 And would you jump up early 
For prayers at dawn? 
Would you sing the song you always sing? 
And read the books you read? 
And let him know the things on which 
Your mind and spirit feed? 
Would you take the prophet with you 
Everywhere you plan to go? 
Or would you may be change you plans J
ust for a day or so? 
 Would you be glad to have him meet 
Your very closest friends? 
Or would you hope they'd stay away 
Until his visit ends? 
Would you be glad to have him stay, 
Forever on and on? 
Or would you sigh with great relief 
When he at last was gone? 
It might be interesting to know 
The things that you would do 
If the prophet Muhammad, in person, came 
To spend some time with you. 

The beautiful poem above was retrieved from a magazine (probably Islamic Horizon-- but I am not too sure though) back in the late 80's when I was studying in the USA.


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