CategoryPoetry

Solace

The heart gets weary.

The eyes are teary.

In Allah alone is the solace sought.

The madness is at peak.

The devils sneak.

With Allah alone is the refuge sought.

The world goes haywire.

It calls you a liar.

In Allah alone is the solace sought.

The evil leaps.

The truth leads.

With Allah alone is the refuge sought. 

Tranquility descends.

Mercy transcends.

In Allah alone is the solace sought.

Silence speaks.

Soul weeps.

With Allah alone is the refuge sought. 

The One and only, Allah.

– Written by Zahra bint Zaki

Solace

Social Media – What has it made us?

Let’s start this poem with a simple question
On Facebook and Twitter, what was the last thing you mentioned?

Was it someone’s marriage or your best friend’s birthday?
Or enjoyment with family at a picnic some Sunday?

Whatever the case may be, did you ever try to contemplate?
That our lives were different before these new things were made

Our lives were peaceful and joyous before signing up at social media
Feeling contented with Yahoo Messenger, Google and Wikipedia

Internet was used more for work rather than leisure
Unlike today, wherein it is used by the youth for haraam pleasure

Feeling delight in interacting with opposite gender via chatting
We often forget the fact that Allah is always watching

Be it posting a status update or changing your profile picture
Or updates of sports news where some cricketer hits a sixer

Did you ever try to comprehend upon its philosophy?
“You like mine and I’ll like yours back”, this is usually the mentality

Believe it or not, it’s just a ‘like-comment’ game
At the end of the day, it’s all about gaining fame

The more people like, the more ‘Serotonin*’ is released
Yet the greediness of this son of Aadam is difficult to cease

If you don’t agree with me, do this small exercise
Recall the last time you opened your post to check the no. of likes

I know it’s sad but it’s true about these new inventions
I think this is enough to show the level of our obsession

Now, what’s the solution to this problem talked about?
First and foremost Allah’s aid should be sought

Following that, we need to set our priorities straight
Along with learning to manage time in this case

Remember that each and every second that we are enjoying
We will be questioned about it on the Day of Reckoning

Time once gone, can never be brought back
Even though some may wish for it but it would be too late to realize that

Tick-tock tick-tock, is how the clock runs every second
Yesterday we were born, today we are here & we don’t know whether we will live till the next moment

Till when will you sleep, O slave of your maker!
Open your eyes, wake up, before it’s time to meet your Creator

– Written by Safi Ahmed

*Serotonin: Serotonin is called the happiness hormone. Serotonin regulates the mood, prevents depression and makes us feel happy.

We are living in times wherein most of the people, especially the youth are so obsessed with the usage of social media that it has become almost impossible for us now, to imagine our lives without these applications. Be it Whatsapp, Facebook or Twitter, they seem to have replaced many things in our lives today.

This poem is intended to bring awareness to this problem and help others in trying to limit its usage as much as possible.

Social media - What has it made us

What Is It that Makes You Feel Arrogant?

You may have everything you needed in this world
Starting from a fancy car, a nice home and tonnes of gold

You have two eyes and a pretty good intellect
Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post,
why don’t you reflect?

Good looks, you may have and a pretty good height
Which you use to walk around with a lot of might

What is it that makes you feel arrogant?
When everything above isn’t your acquirement

If it was not the case
That God bestowed upon you His grace

You would have been in total dereliction
But you have been blessed with all of them,
how can you disobey Him with conviction?

The manner in which you were made and
the luxuries which you have been given
Remember, that they were never your possession

After reading this far, you may think in your mind
“What is the benefit of reading poems of such kind?”

Was it just for passing time without any reflection?
No. It shouldn’t be like that, that was never my intention

Just think about it once,  it is for you to decide
Whether to purify your heart from all that pride

– Written by Safi Ahmed

We have been blessed with a lot of favours by Allah, but little do we reflect and thank Him for them. Instead, we walk around being arrogant about them when we didn’t even acquire them with our own efforts.
We have been given two eyes to see, ears to hear, legs to walk, hands to work and the list goes on. Have you ever imagined what life would be without just one of these things?

Indeed Allah has said the truth:

“And if you would count the graces of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Truly! Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Surat An Nahl: Ayah 18]

The Prophet Sallahu Alayhi wa Sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) once described the arrogant people.

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood that the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi wa Sallam  said:

“No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, what if a man likes his clothes and his shoes to look good?” He said, “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.”
Narrated by Muslim, 91.

Allah says:

Verily, Allah likes not any arrogant boaster. And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the braying of the donkeys.”

[Surat Luqmaan 31: Ayahs 18-19]

And who are the exact opposite of the people described above? Allah raises their status by saying:

“Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa (i.e. he is one of the Muttaqoon (the pious)).”

[Surat Al-Hujuraat 49: Ayah 13]

 

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The Final Departure

When their comes to us the inevitable call
The time for separation of body and soul

The moment which leaves everybody in mayhem
When the minds stop functioning at such an occasion

When the cries of the people around gather
With some of them trying to curb the matter

It’s the time for our final departure
Towards our Lord, the ultimate Master

Our children, our friends and our relatives
Our money, our houses and all our belongings

Nothing can be taken along with us there
Even though we managed them with utmost care

The only thing we carry are the deeds we acquire
Without doing them for the masses to admire.

We see people departing on this journey with our eyes
But why does this not effect our lives?

Why do we force ourselves to forget this bitter reality?
That today it was someone else, tomorrow it is us in actuality

The devil has surely succeeded in deluding us in his plot
Only few people take heed from such reminders*, Allah’s aid is sought

Remember, the time for our final departure is not distant
When our relatives will inform each other about it all hesitant

It’s high time that we change our lives and start the preparation
Before we fail in it and are left with self accusation.

– Written by Safi Ahmed

17/12/1436AH

The situation in the poem above has been described by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (Glory be to Him the Most High) in the Quran as:

Nay, when (the soul) reaches to the collar bone (i.e. up to the throat in its exit),
And it will be said: “Who can cure him and save him from death?”
And he (the dying person) will conclude that it was (the time) of departing (death);
And leg will be joined with another leg (shrouded)
The drive will be, on that Day, to your Lord (Allah)!
[Surat Al Qiyamah; Ayahs 26-30]

*Indeed, the Hour is coming – no doubt about it – but most of the people do not believe.
[Surat Ghafir; Ayah 59]

The Final Departure

Is this ego? If not, then what?

It is so strange that when people are advised
They react with the audacity by which I get surprised

Never do they realize the gravity of situation
And reflect less upon the content of admonition

Is this ego? If not, then what?
Remember that this may take you to a place which is hot

This very thing existed in that disgraced creature
Who was banished from the heavens because of his nature

Did you ever ponder on that story?
If that was the case then you would worry

Of imitating our enemy, the outcast, the cursed
I long for that but ironically he is nursed

By whole of humanity which has been enslaved
To the enemy of God, in lieu of the most Great

Wake up guys! Wake up and prioritize
Your affairs with your Lord before you demise

It is known that nobody is perfect but one must always strive
Otherwise you will surely have to pay a hefty price

Kindly reflect upon the message I’m trying to feature
Rather than liking, commenting or reading it for leisure

Repent to your Lord and act upon His instructions
Instead of merely following your own conjectures

Don’t you want success to touch your feet?
Then for that you need to get up from that deep sleep.

– Written by Safi Ahmed

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