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A Stranger!


When they make fun of you, laugh at your face
When following Allah’s commands is taken as a disgrace

When you feel like a stranger amidst a friendly crowd
When your heart aches to be away from what’s about

When for once, you want to put down the pretense
And tell them what you think, even if they take offence

When you know you have to be quiet only for Allah’s sake
Though you feel you just can’t bear it, you’re just ready to break

Then know you’re on the path that the Prophets tread on
The best people of this earth, they were Allah’s beloved ones

Think of Ibrahim, threatened by his own kin
Thrown into the fire, with no guilt or sin

Think of Nuh, carrying God’s Word for 950 years
Steadily carving his ship of refuge amid all the jeers

Think of Hud, scorned and rejected, openly by his own nation
Yet he placed his trust in He, Who has in His Hands forelocks of all creation

Think of Saalih, patiently showing proofs to clear every doubt
But they slaughtered the she-camel without shame of any amount

Think of Lut, stopping his people from committing the most heinous sin ever
He felt in need of support, it was more than he could endeavor

Think of Shu`aib, trying his best to teach people to be just
Telling them to place in only Allah their trust

Think of Musa, inviting the Pharaoh to Oneness of God
Pharaoh who himself claimed to be the greatest lord

Think of Yusuf, a lone child down the well
Later sent to jail, though no blame on him befell

Think of Muhammad, who endured more hardships than any other being
Abused, mocked, hurt, accused, still never thought of fleeing

So if among the people, you feel shivers and go cold
Loneliness overcomes you, you can’t take anymore

Remember you’re a stranger on this perishable land
Meant to go back to Him, Who is always close at hand


May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all His Prophets. Ameen.

*This poem was first published on iLookiListen in The Forgotten Gift. For more cool stuff, follow the blog.


Secrets Of Salah – 20


Page 23..

So when he says,

You alone do we worship and You alone do we ask for help (1:4)

He awaits Allah’s reply,

“This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asks for.”

And just contemplate these two phrases and their rights. The first part is for Allah, and the second part is for the slave. For the phrase, You alone do we worship, conveys a sense of Touheed, distinct from the implications of the phrase You alone do we ask for help. There is deep significance in both phrases being in the exact middle of the surah, between the opening phrases of praise and the concluding dua. The phrase, You alone do we worship, precedes the phrase, You alone do we ask for help, because ibadah belongs to Allah and it is for the slave to seek help from Allah. Allah is the One who is worshipped and Who helps His slave to worship Him.

So, “You alone do we worship”, means that it is You, I seek by means of my worship. Ibadaah consists of sincere good deeds and beneficial knowledge which brings one closer to Allah by enriching one in his understanding, love, truth and sincerity. Ibadah is the right of Allah upon His creation, and seeking help implies the slave is seeking Allah’s help in all matters. Thus, every act of worship that is not performed for Allah’s sake, and without Allah’s help is false and worthless. Every time help is sought from other than Allah, the slave subjects himself to utter humiliation. Just consider how beneficial this knowledge is, and just consider how the entire Quran from its beginning till the end, revolves around these two phrases.

To be continued…



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