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Six Feet Below and Beyond

Written for Shifa Inter-Scholastic Tournament ’13 on the theme same as the title.

Death

When it will all end,
And your body will lie without a friend.
Your world gone to pieces,
Your parents, siblings, nephews and nieces can do nothing and their helplessness only increases,
Tears flow from their eyes but even that rush finally ceases.
And your soul is ready to ascend.

It’s taken wrapped up in a clean shroud smelling of musk,
With warm welcome, the doors of each sky opening up,
Until your name is written in the `illiyeen line-up,
And the soul is ordered back to earth where it belongs,
You hear your friends leaving you alone.

But what if your soul is not welcomed at all?
Wrapped in a sackcloth with a smell so foul,
It finds the gates of the skies closed and now can’t even howl,
The name is written in the sijjeen out and out,
And the soul’s hurled on the earth until it joins the body freaked out.

Now it’s your choice, dearie!
In which category would you like to be?

In which a person lived his life benign,
Submitted to God, prayed on time,
Helped people, repented from crime,
Endured hardships, only to get reward from the divine?

Or the one in which the person partied hard and danced all night,
Forgot his Creator, kept his hands closed tight,
Never bowed in front of Him, who never did anything right,
His clothes and cars were a dazzling sight.

Whichever life you choose my brothers and sisters,
In the end you’ll face three questions,
Irrespective of your family, status and education,
You won’t get through them on your speculations,
Your worldly achievements won’t count,
When your success or failure is taken to a count.

Who is your Lord is the first one.
Did you His obedience shun?
Would you be able to answer Allah, my Rabb?
‘Cuz there your answers can’t be made up.

Who is your Prophet comes next.
Did you follow the sunnah?
Did you even know the text?
How many times did you lose your sleep?
Did your feet swell? In your tahajjud did you weep?

Last but not least, what is your deen.
Do you even know what it means?
Did you live as a Muslim or just took it as a dream?
Did you spread it to the world, this beautiful deen?

While you lie in your grave forsaken and alone,
Based on your deeds a window will be shown,
You’ll catch a glimpse of gardens underneath which rivers flow,
With palaces whose towers with gems glow.
Or based on the bad deeds you have sown,
Great tongues of fire will make you moan,
And gusts of hot air will be blown,
The sights you see will chill you to the bone.

Don’t take this just as a rhyme,
But prepare for that time,
When you’ll lie six feet below begrimed,
And what will happen beyond…

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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These are the Winds of Change – Where are you going?

Salam,
Bismillah.

Alhamdulillah! All praise is to Allah s.w.t indeed, Who gave me the opportunity to attend SIST ’12 and be a part of Winds of Change!
There are no words to describe how it has gone so far. Words fail me! Everyone knows it’s amazing! :p

But what I really want to say is…. Hearts are yet soft. And soft hearts can be molded.
Brother Jamal Khattak put it beautifully at the end: “How many more talks would you hear before you decide to change yourself? What are you waiting for? Death?”

This shook me!
Usually what’s at the back of our mind when we’re getting all inspired by talks? Brother Hamza Tzortzis, brother Adnan Rashid, sister Sara Chaudhry…..all these people went through changes, had some experiences etc and they started living for Allah. But me? I’m young! (Well, they’re young too).
OR
Okay, I want to change but it’s difficult. Oh well, I’ll change automatically anyway when I’ll go through some experience in life.  And there is where we go wrong, SNAP!

Allah s.w.t gives at least ONE chance to every human. A chance to recognize their Lord and turn back to Him. But that chance or moment of realization is different for everyone. Some people get to experience stuff themselves. Some might get the chance to listen to others and have an opportunity to learn from them and thus take a turn for the better. We’ve all been given the golden opportunity to listen to these amazing people and cry with their stories.

Before we get out of all these good feelings and forget about it and go back to our confused life again, we need  to do something now. You may forget this time (Allah forbid) and never get an opportunity again….. What would happen then? It’s unimaginable! Death awaits us right at the corner. Let’s not turn back, now that we’ve come this far.

We know now that we have to live our life according to Allah’s wishes. That Quran is His Word. It’s the only real thing in the world. Yes, Quran is the only real thing. Other than that nothing can change your heart absolutely. We need to open it, today. We need to make a connection with it. We need to understand it. If only for 5 minutes every day. Yes, those too who think they know it. This is the ONLY way to change our lives and Pakistan’s future for the better. This is guaranteed!

Wake up people! And help each other in good. Because WE are the winds of change! (InshaAllah).

If I brought my friends here and listened to everything and didn’t change anything about me then I wasted it. No use. If fear & love of Allah didn’t ignite in me, if I didn’t think of changing my bad company, if I didn’t become humble towards my parents, if I’m still not praying or praying on time with khushoo (requirement of namaz), if I’m still living for this lowly world then everything is wasted.

Let us begin with this dua. O Allah! Guide me to the straight path, the path that would take me toward You. Make it easy for me to please You. Make it easy for me to face the foul world.

He will listen. That is a promise. He will, inshaAllah. The key is to do it sincerely. :)

Because if not now, when? Period.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

P.S. Winds of Change is still on, alhamdulillah. Check the details here.

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