Category Archives: The Forgotten Gift
This life is like a journey
With stops along the way
Some leave us before we reach our stop
We leave some on their way
You get on the train of life
Because you don’t have a choice
You get off on your stop
Because you don’t have a choice
“What can I do then” he asks
“I feel like I’m trapped”
So he decides to ignore the reality and has fun
Until his body is wrapped
Every stop seems like the final one
I’ve never seen them come back
Some leave while they’re happy
Some leave while they’re sad
He thinks this train came by itself
That there’s no intelligent design
That he can be on this journey and take what he wants
He defines for himself reward for a crime
It doesn’t make sense to him
“How could there be a life after ours?
You know I’ve even been to the edges of this train
I’ve even explored the Moon and Mars”
He thinks his rebellion makes him strong
It makes him feel proud
He writes lengthy equations of math
He gathers a huge crowd
Then one day he too is forced to leave
But they’re always worried before they go
It makes me wonder if this is all there is to life
Or is there something more?
Sometimes I wonder if I were a butterfly, with flaming shades on my wings,
Fluttering here and resting there, hopping and flitting from leaves to twigs,
I would live in gardens green with trees and bushes plentiful,
Wild flowers would be my haven, their scents would make my tummy full
Oh what a life would that be to lead, with nature all around my feet
But then what about that place of which no ear has heard nor eye has seen?
To earn which, the worst of pains and bitter sorrows you have to endure,
The price is high, the pennies worth it but every step makes you sore,
Would it be legit for me to make it my residence eternal, my resting place?
Where everlasting blessings tempt one, but oh for the pleasure of seeing His Face!
Where are the people who will understand?
Who know that this world is like a castle made of Sand?
And with a single tide, it can all wash away
One moment it’s there, the next cast away
Where are the people who still value love?
Who realize all this is a blessing from above?
And those who don’t recommend over men
Their money and their cars, or how much they can spend
Where are the people who realize you’re sincere?
Who know that Allah has control of your affair?
And those who rely on HIM and HIM alone
Not depending on what’s apparent and what’s only shown
Where are the people who have insight?
Who are ready to take a leap from darkness to light?
And those who do deeds not be seen
Worried about hearts more than clothes to be clean
Where are the people who are your true friends?
Who are not afraid to walk with you against the false trends?
And those who, when you fall, will help you to rise
Hold your hand and walk with you on the path to Paradise
I gaze at the moonless sky, covered with black clouds
The darkness piercing my eyes, I close them with a frown
I hear the cry of jackals, oh what an eerie sound!
Rest is as still as death, I sit there as if spellbound
Staring at the shadows of trees, hopelessness grips me
Innocent eyes brimming with tears, in my memory, I can see
Small hands, rough and dirty, plead for just one meal
This is not the story of a single child, it’s of millions in my country
There are those who talk of change yet their walk remains the same
With a fake face, they help society, but their hearts are in plague
The ones who persist in evil, corruption and bad fame
Are no good either from those who play the game without a name
Tired of failing to earn an honest penny is the young man who ends his life
Same goes for the pretty damsel, through whose broken heart pierces the knife
This depression, is it due to a lack of purpose, among the youth, rife?
Is all the education and those degrees really not worth the strife?
Thinking such desolate thoughts, with a heavy head, I fall asleep
Only to be waken by a ray of light, that through the windows peeped
The next day had come and the sun had risen, looking strong and sweet
Despite the darkness every night, resolute to spread the light, through every crack and creep
Suddenly I felt the hopelessness seeping out of my very soul
It’s true that our situation is bad, but certain things we can control
The sun rises every day, determined to fulfill its role
Nature stares in our face all the time, meant to inspire, so we too set firm goals
After all, darkness and evil prevailed even worse in the Prophet’s times
But in a few years, the picture displayed peace and conquests, with hardly any crimes
It was one man who became the agent of change, with only a few people by his side
Allah’s Word, the Glorious Quran, was what helped them spread the light
So my dear brothers and sisters, pay heed to these signs in nature therein
This Quran has been called An-Nur by the Lord, so it will revive the light within
The depression and frustration will end only if you turn to Him
So understand His Words with an open heart, enlighten yourself and let the change begin!
Sounds like the SIST 2014 theme? That’s because it is the same. I wrote this piece to participate in Spoken Word competition at SIST . Finished it 1 day before the event. Too bad couldn’t memorize it properly and forgot while reading. No position for me lol But Alhamdulillah everything happens for a reason so I’m happy :) I just noticed that now I have 27 pieces and if I reach 50 I might make them into a small book in sha Allah. Man I missed posting on this blog so much! Please do read the amazing Ahadith posted everyday.
Would you believe me if I said there’s an army coming?
Would you prepare to fight, or would you start running?
Or maybe you would laugh cuz you know I’m a liar…
And after a short while, I would just stop trying…
Maybe to you I’m like that shepherd who used to lie
Who had no real threat yet “A Lion, A Lion!” he used to cry…
But I’m confused because whatever I say is not even a lie…
I only try to correct you and tell you what is right
Remind you of the Hereafter; tell you about Allah’s Might
So you might come back to the path that is straight
But I’m getting impatient and now I really can’t wait
Cuz it’s late, and I have to go to the cinema with my friend
I really didn’t want to but it is the newest trend
So I spend what I can, to stay up to date
Now if you excuse me I have to leave for my date
But listen to me my mate, you should really fear Allah
Whenever you hear the call, just run for your Salah
And surely Allah will show you your way
The path of those who are guided and not of those who are astray
Man I don’t understand why you don’t listen to me!
I seem to be doing the Da’wah properly!!
So I guess it has something to do with that advice
My mother once gave me while cooking white rice
That if you want to change the world you would have to start from yourself!
That people wouldn’t trust me if I committed sins myself!
How I ignored the words that came straight from her heart
Thinking I had my cool ways, thinking I was really smart
But now I see what she said was indeed very right
It was my narrow thinking and my limited insight
And now I realize it after many long days
That I really have to stop, that I have to mend my ways
Cuz change, change and change!! We all want to see it!
The funny thing is that no one is ready to be it
So I gotta start from today and firmly decide
Make sincere Du’a that only to Allah I should confide
To revive the light inside and let the change begin…
Cuz “Allah does not change the condition of a people, unless they change what is within…” [Interpretation of the meaning – Surah Ar-Ra’d, verse 11]