If the Prophet Muhammad visited you,
Just for a day or two;
If he came unexpectedly
I wonder what you'd do.
Oh! I know you'd give your nicest room
To such an honored guest;
And all the food you'd serve to him
Would be the very best;
And you would keep assuring him,
You're glad to have him there;
Your hospitality would be beyond belief
And service beyond compare.
But... when you saw him coming,
Would you meet him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome
To your honoured visitor?
Or... would you have to change your
Clothes before you let him in?
Or hide some magazines and put
The Quran where they had been?
Would you still watch movies
On your trusty TV set?
Or would you rush to switch it off
Before he gets upset?
Would you turn off the radio
And hope he hadn't heard?
And wish you hadn't uttered
That last loud nasty word?
Would you hide you worldly music
And instead take Islamic books out?
Could you let him walk right in,
Or would you rush about?
And, I wonder... if the Prophet spent
A day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things
That you always do?
Would you go right on saying the things
You always used to say?
Would life for you continue
As it does from day to day?
Would your family conversation
Keep its usual pace?
Or would you find it hard each meal
To say a table grace?
Would you keep up each and every
Prayer, forcing back a frown?
And would you always jump up early
For every prayer at dawn?
Would you sing the songs you always do
And read the books you read?
And let him know things on which
Your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take the Prophet with you
Everywhere you normally go?
Or would you , maybe, change your plan
Just for a day or so?
Would you be glad to have him meet
Your very closest friends?
Or would you hope they'd stay away
Until his visit ends?
Would you be glad to have him stay
Forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief
When he at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know
The things you would do
If the Prophet Muhammad, in person,
Came to spend some time with you.
30 May 2008