Al-Baqarah · Juz 1 · Qur'an Tafseer

Complaint of the Qur’an


As an ornament do they adorn me,

Yes, they keep me and sometimes kiss me.

In their celebrations they recite me,

In disputes they swear by me,

On shelves do they securely keep me,

Till another celebration or dispute, when they need me

An amulet around the neck am I

Never descending into the heart, sigh!

Unfeeling hearts, eyes forever dry

Yet in gatherings, much read am I

Senselessly do they parrot me

Yet “great” do they deem me

Yes, they read me and memorize me,

Yet only an ornament am I.

No lesson do they take from me

No custom do they abandon for me

These slogans of devotion, these vows of dedication

Lies! Lies! For shallow are their utterances

Societies stagnant, system bereft

Still much “reverence” do they throw at me

My message lies neglected, my treasure untouched,

The field lies bare, where blossomed once true glory

Wrong is the treatment that I receive

So much to give have I, but none is there to perceive.

English rendition by Malonama

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