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October 3, 2004
IF ONLYÖ

by Bint Abdul Khaliq

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone, (but) cherish that which gives you benefit (in the Hereafter) and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don't say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do and your" if" opens the (gate) for the Satan.

Book 033, Number 6441(Sahih Muslim)

If only I hadnít said that

If only I had thought

If only I could take the hurt away

If only we hadnít fought

If only I could go back in time

If only I could change the past

If only things could be different

If only time didnít move so fast

If only I had planned

If only I hadnít rushed

If only I had prioritized

If only I hadnít fussed

If only I had learnt more

If only I had concentrated

If only I had been more serious

If only I hadnít procrastinated

If only I had been a better Muslim

If only I had done what was asked of me

If only I had turned to my Creator

If only my Life was one of Piety

If onlyÖIf onlyÖIf onlyÖ

ĎIf onlyí can change nothing

Time to look forward and greet the present

Donít make the same mistake again

Life will follow much more pleasant

The past is gone

can never return

The future is non-existent

It simply isnít here yet

So what we are left with

Is the PRESENT

Itís HERE,its NOW, its REAL

What we do with it is our deal

It was once our future

A shadow with no substance

And it becomes the past

Something not anymore in existence

We have to stop living in the future or the past

ALLAH knows when we shall breathe our last

And every second is a treasure

A gift beyond any measure

What we do must be done

Only for ALLAH the ONE

So the past thatís gone is GONE

YA ALLAH how can I improve on what Iíve done?

The future ahead is not in my control

All is in ALLAHíS hands alone

So we have to trust in ALLAH and try our best

Use the present wisely and will follow the rest

Never should regrets stop us from progressing

Hope is more precious than any gem

ĎIf onlyí has many lessons for usÖ
IF ONLY we would learn from them.


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Humayun said

SubanAllah! It's like you posted the article at a time when I needed it the most! JazakAllah Khairun sister, may Allah reward you. I was just sitting there and thinking how I always persist on the same disliked acts over and over again and I just wished how I cud go back in time.... and then when I go into this deep thinking I start romantancizing about the future and how I willbe a perfect Muslim from now on...... I will now Inshallah not dwell in the past nor romanticize about the future... but work in the present.... Im so happpy now!!! (I know I sound geeky!)

Waslamalikom

on October 3, 2004 6:28 PM
Justoju said

Wow, that def. was pretty geeky, you got that right. But its geeky in a good way that makes the rest of us envious of that kind of happiness and jolt of realization. May Allah (SWT) put barakah in your time and happiness, inshaAllah and Amin.

Alhamdulillah, its awesome how realizations can come from areas in our lives where we often dont expect them. MashaAllah, nice poem sister.

If only I had studied for that exam I have tommorrow morning...

WasalaamuAlaikum

on October 3, 2004 7:38 PM
Bint Abdul Khaliq said

As Salaamu Alaikum

I am so happy that you are happy sister Humayun! lol.ALLAH is great.May ALLAH give us the ability to be hopeful and strong Muslims always and protect us from falling into the pit of hopelessness.Ameen.

Hope your exam went well sister Justoju!Got one coming up too.Request for duas.

Was Salaam

on October 6, 2004 1:41 PM
Nadia said

Great poem Mashallah, sister. I often delve into "if only"; maybe this poem will help me get out of this trap :)

on October 7, 2004 5:57 PM
Justoju said

Hmm, my problem is that I dont seem to ask "If Only" often enough. I dont recall regretting much in my life. The problem is that that causes me to be somewhat apathetic towards my mistakes and causes me to not really care that I did something wrong. My own personal jihad was/is trying to learn to 'care' when I did/do wrong. If we do not regret, then we cannot repent, and if we do not repent then we cannot rectify and reform ourselves. So "If Onlys" are necessary and beneficial so long as one doesnt obsess or allow them to be something that brings one's himmah levels down.

on October 8, 2004 12:22 AM
Bint Abdul Khaliq said

As Salaamu alaikum

I agree with you totally Justoju.Jazakillah for that.We have to keep ourselves in check at all times and we need to realise our mistakes, sincerely regret them and promise not to commit them again,at the same time this regret shouldnt overwhelm us to such a state that we begin to lose hope in the mercy of ALLAH TA'ALA and become easy targets for shaitaan.As you beautifully put it:

"so long as one doesnt obsess or allow them to be something that brings one's himmah levels down."


May ALLAH grant us the sweetness of Imaan.
Ameen.

Was salaam

on October 8, 2004 4:38 PM
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