Clayfuture's post on 'No Shame in Ramadan' reminded me of this poem which many of us must have read. Slightly longish, but nevertheless, worth reading again - here it is:
If the Prophet Mohammad visited you, just for a day or two,
If he came unexpectedly, I wonder what you would do.
Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honored guest;
And all the food you'd serve him would be the very best.
And, you would keep assuring him you are glad to have him there,
That serving him in your home is joy beyond compare.
But... When you saw him coming, would you meet him at the door,
With arms outstretched in welcome, to your visitor?
Or...would you have to change your clothes before you let him in?
Or hide some magazines and put the Quran where it had been?
Would you still watch forbidden movies on your TV set?
Or would you rush to switch it off before he gets upset?
Would you hide your wordly music and instead take hadith 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 you always do?
Would you keep up each and every prayer without putting on a frown?
And would you always get up early for prayers at dawn?
Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you read?
And let him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take the prophet with you everywhere you plan to go?
Or would you, maybe, change your plans 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 sigh with great relief when at last he was gone?
It might be interesting to know, the things that you would do,
If the Prophet Mohammad, in person, came to spend some time with you.
Something to think... truly!!