The Angel Michael

According to hadith, the Prophet (S) asked Jibreel, “What is Mika’il in charge of?” He replied, “The plants and the rain.” (At-Tabarani) In another hadith, the Prophet (S) asked Jibreel, “Why do I never see Mika’il laugh?” He replied, “Mika’il has not laughed since the Fire was created.” (Ahmad)

 

And what is there to laugh at in the face of the Blazing Fire?

 

At dawn he surveys the clouds,

Studying parched lands estranged of the rain.

And what is there to laugh at in the face of the Blazing Fire?

 

Weighing out the portion for every life,

Even ones whose provision ends today.

And what is there to laugh at in the face of the Blazing Fire?

 

He sees the farmboy smiling at golden wheat.

He sees the wizened man who cannot lift the plow.

And what is there to laugh at in the face of the Blazing Fire?

 

His brothers tell him of men praising God.

His sisters tell him of men worshiping greed.

And what is there to laugh at in the face of the Blazing Fire?

 

Smoke is not his fate, nor that of his brother nor sister.

But His Creator, created us too.

And what is there to laugh at in the face of the Blazing Fire?

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