Friday, July 31, 2009

An Unlikely Prayer



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“Dear God, Compassionate and Merciful, Master of the Universe, we who are steeped in sin, kneel in supplication before Your throne and beseech You to recall from this world Saadat Hasan Manto, son of Ghulam Hasan Manto, who was a man of great piety. Take him away, O Lord, for he runs off from fragrance, chasing filth. He hates the bright sun, preferring dark labyrinths. He has nothing but contempt for modesty but is fascinated by the naked and the shameless. He hates what is sweet, but will give his life to sample what is bitter. He does not so much as look at housewives but is entranced by the company of whores. He will not go near running waters, but loves to wade through slush. Where others weep, he laughs; where they laugh, he weeps. Evil-blackened faces he loves to wash with tender care to highlight their features. He never thinks about You, preferring to follow Satan everywhere, the same fallen angel who once disobeyed You”.

From the book “Bitter Fruit” by Sadaat Hasan Manto

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the honesty int his prayer. I've been able to understand the regular protocol of standardised prayer that seems so contrived. God knows you better than u know urself, so I don't see the need for the pretense when talking to God.

The Organ Harvester said...

I like the prayer. i read it in an irish accent. We need more irish muslims.

Anonymous said...

Cool prayer DD,
He's seeking salvation from the most human acts. Only being removed from this world would save him from all the temptations life has to offer.


OH - I remember getting an email many years ago that read IRISH MUSLIM = Terrorist X 2
(was sent by an irish muslim so meant to be funny not insulting)

-Xena-

desert demons said...

Thanx anon - I was saying the same to my friend , God already sees our sleaziness , so when we pray with the grand words of others or from standardised books - how sincere is it?

lolol OH & Xena , when did this blog become one on terrorism?

I love this prayer because, when it comes to praying... its just you & God :)

Anonymous said...

the chick in the pic should clean under her fingernails! ewww

freelance hero said...

i love that photo.