Saturday, February 16, 2008

I Worship My Lord

Author: by Na'ima B. Robert

I wake before dawn.
No muadhin calls me,
No footsteps stir me,
Instead society spurns me,
Labels me and burns me.
But everyday,
I wake before dawn.

I wear my hijab.
No father threatens me,
No religious police warn me,
Instead society judges me
Mocks me and shuns me.
But everyday,
I wear my hijab.

I rear my children.
No family pressures me,
No work barriers limit me,
Instead society shames me,
Names me and blames me.
But everyday,
I rear my children.

I follow the Sunnah.
No culture defines me,
No history holds me,
Instead, society scolds me,
Re-makes and moulds me.
But every day,
I follow the Sunnah.

I strive for Paradise.
No teachers indoctrinate me,
No worldly hardships sedate me,
Instead society rejects me,
Tempts me and affects me.
But every day,
I strive for Paradise.

I worship my Lord.
No imam compels me,
No rules force my heart,
Instead, society fears me,
And dares not come near me.
But every day,
I worship my Lord.

Every day,
In every way,
Through hardship and strife
And the all-consuming,
O so fleeting,
Bitter sweetness of life,
I worship my Lord.

11 comments:

Zoya said...

This is so truly said sister and in a very beautiful way mashaAllah...may Allah give us all the courage to worship Him alone and always inspite of all the hardships.Ameen

Muhammad said...

Masha'Allah so sad, so true and so beautifully said. Really one of the best poems I've read here so far. I especially like the way it begins.

jinay said...

Your poem was just what I was searching for when i just now googled for muslim poetry, I have tears in my eyes at your simple beautiful words.

kholeyes said...

JazakAllah for your wonderful poem--ty for sharing ..........I was most impressed and moved by its poignancy. Would love to read more poems of this calibre.............awe inspiring and yearn to read more..

chrisfirth said...

This is a really beautiful and well crafted poem - moving and powerful.
I am not a muslim! but can see the truth of your words.
chris firth

Anonymous said...

that is amazing. alhamdullilah, i am workin on some of my own. inshallah it goes well and inspires.
ifthekar jaman

Anonymous said...

Your poetry is beautiful, your words flow so freely and they have moved me.

Anonymous said...

Mashallah that was so well said my sister keep writing you are a nutural :)

afsana said...

wow! mashallah. u r a natural writer. i love ur poem its so beautiful. May Allah Bless u with all the happiness in the world sister, after reading this poem i feel even more proud to wear my hijab and be a muslim.

Anonymous said...

mashallah sister such a beautiful poem. Your words flow naturally and has a powerful true meaning to it. May Allah grant you happiness on Earth and the hereafter.

Anonymous said...

not so good but it helped