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January 16, 2004
To have a thankless child...

by Nadia Khan

Her eyes writhed in excruciating pain
as she turned her face away from him
She, the hapless mother, whose only fault was her genteel motherhood
He, the marble-hearted child, overtaken by the demon of ingratitude
How could he walk away from her, surrounded by men dressed in blue?
And that too, for a crime from which she had deterred him through?
How could the little hands that she had held to help them cross the road,
Were held in handcuffs now when she needed them the most?
How could her son persist in evil so strong?
When she had clearly showed him right from wrong

Tears welled up in her eyes and she cried aloud:

O God, such is the nature of thy affairs?
Such is thy countenance; such is thy air?
To make wombs so fruitful yet so sterile
To fill one soul with irrational love and the other with complete revile?

As tears ran down to kiss her cheeks,
That is when God decided to speak:

O mother! Thou consider thyself destitute?
Lo and Behold what this world constitutes
All these mortals basking in the sunlight of their lives
All these heedless dancing to the tunes of their drives
All these clueless, for mirages do they strive!
All these Earthlings, if only were they wise

All these are none but creations of my voice!
Oh, how so I wish, did they follow my choice
Ye know how it feels to have one thankless child
But do ye know how it feels to have countless such plights?

I may feign that I do not care
But it hurts me deeply to watch them in this snare
I, too, forewarned them against blazing in the hell
But little do they know, T is time for the bell
But little do they know, T is time for the bell.

On hearing this account from her Creator
The grief of the mother was of no measure
She pushed her tears away from her eyes
And knew exactly what she had to do before she dies!

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That was very, very moving. Beautiful, beautiful work.

Posted by: Seeker at November 13, 2003 11:25 AM

Very nice Masha'Allah...I must say looks like we have such creative minds on this...If we can only put it to such good use all the time...

Posted by: Arif at November 13, 2003 12:38 PM

I just read this again and it really brought me to tears. Subhanallah we are all so lost but how many of us realize that? We should all know what we have to do before we die. "O You who believe, Fear Allah and let every soul look to what (provision) he has sent forth for tomorrow. Yea, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do."

Do we know what that means? Or is it just another verse we read in the Qur'an? These are the last few days in the middle of Ramadhan, now is the time to ask for forgiveness for verily we are nothing if not for Al-Ghafoor and Ar-Raheem.

Posted by: Arif at November 13, 2003 12:49 PM

Masha'Allah... truly, outstandingly, heart-renderingly, powerful work.

Posted by: Talal at November 14, 2003 12:20 AM

Masha'Allah - that was nice.
Reminds me of the verse- "...Most of them will not be grateful" (7:17)
May Allah grant us Hidaya and include us among the grateful ones.
PS: if anyone gets a chance listen to surah 'araf online recited by Mishary Rashid - atleast until verse 17. www.alafasy.com/en/quran.htm

Posted by: Tanweer at November 14, 2003 07:08 PM

Very nice. I enjoyed reading this one!

Posted by: at November 15, 2003 12:04 AM


"Ye know how it feels to have one thankless child
But do ye know how it feels to have countless such plights?" - this was the climax!!!

Good job Nadia bibi! ;-)

Posted by: Asma at November 15, 2003 01:08 AM

masha Allah, subhanallah, walhamdulilah. that was an excellent poem, sister; it really moved me. mashallah, very deep meaning, may Allah increase you more and more. It reminds me of the aya, "... and we showed him all our signs, yet he disbelieved in heedlessness..."(20:56). subhanallah, how many people are shown signs of Allah's Glory, and yet they act indifferent towards it, or even neglect it. This is the time of change, Ramadan. May Allah help us to change and become better by taking heed of his signs and actually comtemplating about them. Ameen

Posted by: Amr Gharib at November 15, 2003 01:51 AM

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Faisal Akhtar said

Bump bumpity bump bump.

This is, far and away, my favorite post on Hidaya. It is pertinent to my post and I just wanted the freshman to get to read some of the best stuff on Hidaya. So go ahead people, bump up those posts on Hidaya you think deserve best.

on September 20, 2004 11:27 PM
Nadia said

Jazakallah khair Br.Faisal. This indeed came out to be a good poem but unfortunately cannot come up with more like those :( But Inshallah, Allah (swt) will revitalize my poetry spirit. hehe

on September 21, 2004 6:56 PM
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