The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And like the dead of Ind I do not fear
To go to thee in flames; the most austere
       Angel of fire a softer tooth and tongue
Hath he than dreadful Munker and Nakir.

The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala (James T. White & Co., 1920) by Abū al-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī. Translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani. Copyright © 1920 by Ameen Rihani. This poem is in the public domain.