Saturday, 5 January 2013

Back in our Jahiliyyah

Text Message Part III

One hundred and something characters break this heart
One fajr two Ramadans passed
You were tiptoeing religiously just like we used to

Back in my jahiliyyah is our once upon a time
Back when we started practicing, rehearsing
The words were foreign on the tongue
Acting more religious than we felt hoping
This make believe would become reality

There were salaahs prayed for the first time
Truly lifting burdens from our minds
We were converts into a religion we were born into
Open ears to our first youtube sheikh
Suddenly the pieces fell into place
An imaan boost after a decade of waiting not
Doing as much as we could now

Do you remember that first awkward
Moment of trying to improve
It became natural so soon for our souls
Do you remember reading the fiqh of wudhu
Because you actually cared and
Sticking your fingers in your ears when
Music played from cars because
You gave it up for Allah
Lopsided scarves, black socks and
Early morning Quran and mouldy miswaaks

We'd been living on our knees
Crawling but then we finally thought
To walk, to run, to live

She was so close to coming too
Things started falling for her too
But she chose a different place
Oh how I wish she would've waited
Teetering steps were short lived
Yes we'd still buckle and cry and laugh
But we found our feet,
We found our path
We found our hearts

O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book.By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.
Surah Al-Maidah

Allah the Exalted said, `O son of Adam! If you mention Me to yourself, I will mention you to Myself. If you mention Me in a gathering, I will mention you in a gathering of the angels (or said in a better gathering). If you draw closer to Me by a hand span, I will draw closer to you by forearm’s length. If you draw closer to Me by a forearm’s length, I will draw closer to you by an arm’s length. And if you come to Me walking, I will come to you running
.Sahih Al Bukhari

“You will never give up something for the sake of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, but Allah will replace it with something that is better for you than it.”
Narrated by Ahmad

Sayyiduna Abu Malik al-Ash’ari (Allah be pleased with him) reports that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) say: “There will appear people in my Ummah, who will hold adultery, silk, alcohol and musical instruments to be lawful”
Sahih al-Bukhari(there is considered a difference between listening and hearing music , you can look it into that. Just so you know you don't HAVE to put your finger in your ears but there is a hadith where the prophet peace and blessing be upon him does just that)

Parts I and II


  1. I love this piece dear sister!
    "We were converts into a religion we were born into"
    MashaAllah I can totally relate.
    May she find the right place and may you remain firm on the straight path always. <3

  2. I LOVE this, it is so beautifully written and the language flows perfectly.

  3. This is my favorite piece you're written. I absolutely love it. Very moving, very deep. Heartbreak, that's what I feel from this poem.

  4. Brilliant mashaAllah!!! Absolutely loveee this post!! The words are so relate-able <3
    Simply beautiful and pure!!