- Published: 2014/07/25 16:36:58 +0000
- By CitraUtami New
Music by: Adi Adrian (KLa Project)
Al-I'tiraf is a poem of supplication attributed to Abu Nuwās. Outwardly, he was a jester and poet whose antics and words drew much laughter from gathered crowds. Inwardly though, he was a sincere and God-fearing believer who was ever-mindful of his tryst with destiny. It was this side of him that penned Al-I'tiraf in the following circumstances.
Once, he was sitting by himself watching the sun set. The atmosphere was quiet and peaceful. The serene blue sky was rent asunder by the dazzling colours spewed by the waltzing rays of the setting sun. As the tremendous beauty of nature's dance made way for the still darkness of the impending night, tears began rolling down his cheeks.
He felt his heart being pulled apart and his senses becoming spiritually impaired. He became so distressed and filled with sorrow that he started wailing. With a flurry of emotions running wild, coupled with an unintelligible mix of cries and sighs, all knots on his tongue were untied. He raised his hands towards the Heavens and lamented about his state of being. Those powerful words came to be known as Al-I'tiraf.
God, I don't deserve your paradise
but I can't withstand your hellfire
so allow me to repent and forgive my sins
as You are the Forgiver of Sins.
My sins is as much as the sands at the beach
so allow me to repent oh He Who Have All The Greatness
my lifetime decreases each and everyday
but my sins increases, I can't help it.
God, this sinful servant of Yours comes to face You
Indeed I have sinned and I ask of You
If you forgive indeed You are the Forgiver of Sins
but if You refuse, to whom should we pray to other than You.