“The Fear of God” by Robert Frost
BismiLlah Al Rahman Al Rahim
Note: I want to apologize for not posting the second part of “How To Be Egyptian” yet. Inch’Allah, it will be ready soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this poem.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf recited this poem at the end of his speech for receiving the Tikkun Award (click here to watch it)
~The Fear of God~
If you should rise from Nowhere up to Somewhere,
From being No one up to being Someone,
Be sure to keep repeating to yourself
You owe it to an arbitrary god
Whose mercy to you rather than to others
Won’t bear to critical examination.
Stay unassuming. If for lack of license
To wear the uniform of who you are,
You should be tempted to make up for it
In a subordinating look or toe,
Beware of coming too much to the surface
And using for apparel that was meant
To be the curtain of the inmost soul.