a tale of two brothers

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  1. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    The following is an edited version of gollum's song.

    It is the lament of one who realized too late that he had been duped - the lament of a sinner in the depths of his despair.

    Where once was light
    Now darkness falls
    Where once was love
    Love is no more
    Don't say goodbye
    Don't say I didn't try

    These tears we cry
    Are falling rain
    For all the lies you told us
    The hurt, the blame
    And eternally will we weep , all alone
    We are lost
    We can never go back

    Satan or Nafs Replies

    So in the end
    You see me for what I am
    No loyal friend
    Was I ever to any man
    Now we say goodbye
    We say you didn't try

    These tears you cry
    Have come too late
    Take back the lies
    The hurt, the blame
    And you will weep
    Eternally and all alone
    You are lost
    You can never go back
    You are lost
    You can never go back

    A mournful and scary recitation of the original song (no music).
  2. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    And when the devil (Shaitan) decked their work fair in their sight and said, 'No man is to prevail against you today, and you are under my protection'. Then when both armies came in front of each other, he ran upon his heels and said, 'I am quit of you, I see what you see not, I fear Allah' and severe is the torment of Allah.

    And the Satan when the matter would have been decided will say, 'verily Allah had given you a true promise, and whatever I promised you I made it false to you, and I had no authority over you, but that I called you, then you responded to me, now then put no blame upon me, put the blame upon yourselves.' Neither I could help you nor you could help me. I am strongly disgusted with that you associated me with Allah before. No doubt, there is painful torment for the unjust.
  3. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    Death may come upon us at any time, and it is our last deed that counts most. Put together, these two realities make it clear that we must continually repent for our sins and that it is utter foolishness to put off repentance for another day.

    In relation to this point, there is an interesting story related about two brothers. One of them, who lived on the top floor of a house they shared together, was a pious worshipper; the other, who lived on the ground floor, was a prolific doer of evil deeds. The former was confident- in fact, a little too confident and self-complacent for his own good. He actually desired that Shaytaan should try to tempt him, so that he could resist temptation and soar to higher levels of righteousess. One day, Iblees did appear before him, perhaps in the form of a man [it is not mentioned in the narration]. Shaytaan said, "So very sad that you have spent 40 years inhibiting the satisfaction of your desires and tiring your body in worship. You have 40 more years left to live, why don't you enjoy yourself and follow your lusts for a while. Then you can always repent and return to worship later on. After all, Allah is Most-Forgiving, Most-Merciful."

    The worshipper thought to himself, "I will go down to my brother on the first floor, and I will join him in the pursuit of pleasure for 20 years. Then, in the last 20 years of my life, I will repent to Allah and worship Him." He then began to descend the stairs to the first floor.

    Meanwhile, his brother was going through a transformation of his own. He thought to himself, "I wasted away my entire life in sin. My brother, the worshipper, will enter Paradise, while I will enter the Hell-fire. By Allah, I will indeed repent, go up to my brother and join him for as long as I live, in the worship of Allah. Perhaps Allah will then forgive me."

    He ascended the stairs, with the intention of repenting to Allah, while his brother was desceending with the intention of leading a life of sin. The latter slipped on one of the stairs, tumbled down, and knocked down his brother. Both of them died.

    It is, of course, the last deed that counts most.


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