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July 6, 2004

by Faisal Akhtar

I am bored
But I am sure the latest model ford mustang won’t fail to strike a cord with my nafs
Or maybe the new Mercedes will get me on board with consumerism
Or whatever else I want to hoard and record in my deeds of this life
Just as long as I don’t have to strive and sacrifice for the sake of the one true Lord

I am merry
I want to marry so a Britney Spears look-alike will be just fine
Or if only a supermodel-type could be all mine
Just as long as my parents stay in line and not try to define my partner for me
These new times will leave me behind if I am stuck on these old traditions

I am disgusted
I am stuck at one level of Iman
How can I tame myself if I can’t even rise when I hear the Adhan?
I read the latest novels by Don Juan
but I put fancy covers around the Holy Quran
Woe unto me! Any excuse will do if it will help me forget the favors of Ar-Rahman

I am afraid
The fear of the future is keeping me paralyzed
What I have not realized is that all that is to come has been written from whence all of this begun
Yet I run away from Jannah,
“Have some fun Brother you only live once”
I try to simulate an iota of the heavenly delights
So I forget the the beggar's plight and enjoy finite pleasures
I trade Jannah for fleeting things and surrender what is in’finite

I am dazed
I watch the latest Ads, selling me to corporations for a profit
Telling me my thought process needs to be rearranged
Strange how perceptions can change everything
Yet the world can remain unchanged

I am scared,
What, if any, deeds for the next life have I prepared?
By my emotions, do I remain ensnared
“My Lord Hear me! I wish to be spared.
My reckoning has drawn near
Yet I am still enslaved by my desires and fears
The graveness of my deeds will surely consume my flesh in hellfire
Forgiveness by you, o Lord, is all that I desire”

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justoju said

nice...hmmm...I dont even recall seeing this up on the main page...

on July 8, 2004 3:02 AM
Faisal Akhtar said

Yeah, I wasn't able to post it on time thats why.

on July 8, 2004 5:42 AM
Ibn Muzaffar Syed Hussain said

salaam faisal,

masha'allah great poem...really makes you think, especially for those of us living in not so halal islamic environments...as for not posting on time, u can always change ure date to be later :)..also, ure last stanza, i think it's "scared" and not "sacred"


on July 9, 2004 6:20 AM
Ibtisam said

yeah I was doing a google search on "Iman" somalian supermodel, apparently she is Muslim(shock!) married to a non-muslim(astaghfirullaah) And this article came up. Subhanallaah.

on March 11, 2005 7:46 PM
SARA said


on May 6, 2005 4:45 AM
Ibrahim said



on May 6, 2005 9:29 AM
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