Unfair as thy fate might seem
Through the distress of circumstances seen
Comes hope, the mistress that does not deem
And faith, the wife that shall redeem
Polygamy in the premises of the choices unkindled
When a man fears his decisions
Leaving himself wrinkled
What does it take to convene
Had his fear blinded the present unseen
Had his arrogance become so keen.
This is not enjoining in patience and defying Allah’s divine decree. He begins to rely on hope, which I call a mistress, because it does not bring perpetual relief. Depending solely on hope can lead to nowhere and even possible abandonment of Islam. I call faith, the wife, because it is in faith where true hope emerges through tawakkul. This is a concept of ‘ibadah, where tawheed uluhiyah is highlighted, the attribute of tawheed that has to do with singling out Allah for worship only, and relying on Him only.
I do not mean to condemn hope, because it does bring healing. I rather suggest polygamy, where the man can embrace both hope and faith, which brings him relief, patience, and increases his eman substantially. But, he is afraid to ‘engage in polygamy’, and rather separate hope and faith, because of his fear of the wrong outcome (instead of Allah) and the arrogance that leads him to be convinced that whatever step he takes is the right one. In this way, this poem is about polygamy. But if we go beyond the surface, it is about fulfillment, whether one is single, married or divorced.
As Allah says in Surah Talaq, verses two to three, “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.”