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December 11, 2005
If I were a butterfly

by Bint Abdul Khaliq

If I were a butterfly Id fly past the fighting, the bickering, the disunity of all the people hurting each other and never look back.

Id flap my tiny wings so hard and fly high into the air.Id leave those unfortunate humans to stew in their misery.

Id fly away from the stench of lies and hatred and float away into the sweet smelling flowers

Id smile as the sound of gossip would fade away into nothingness.

Id play around the flowers and love the feeling of contentment and not restlessness and greed.

Id praise Allah the whole day and appreciate the wonder that I am.

Id fly past beautiful fields and enjoy their colors, relish their calmness and thank my Creator for giving me so much.

Id embrace the feeling of freedom as I would explore the wonders of my Creator.

Id laugh with the insects and wed share our joys and experiences together.

Id sit with the crawling and hopping creatures and wed learn from and appreciate each others differences.

Id compliment my fellow butterflies on their beautiful appearances and wed love each other the way we were created.

Id listen to the birds sing and pray to Allah to increase them in their talents and just be happy for them.

Id float around those unhappy, restless, resentful humans and inspire them to just let go of all the negativity, the hostility, the hatred in their hearts.

Id make them realize that they are special, they are unique and that they have an extremely noble purpose to fulfill on this Earth.

Id teach them to forgive and forget and inculcate unity amongst each other.

Id remind them of the teaching of the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa sallam) - that each Muslim should want for his Muslim brother what he wants for himself.

Id imbue them with the spirit of gratitude and tell them to stop whining and be thankful for what they have rather than being ungrateful for what they dont have.

Id remind them to always thank their Creator for only then will contentment and happiness follow.

Ill bring them together and make them learn from and help one another rather than despise one another.

Ill silence the gossip and teach them that even butterflies know its wrong-it is displeasing to their Creator and Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa sallam).

Id let them know that they have a choice to behave in a way pleasing to their Creator, pleasing to the heart, pleasing to the soulor to do the exact opposite by pleasing Shaytaan and trapping themselves in a prison of sins, while trapped with the evil feelings that they create.

Ill tell them that they are all butterflies

With the potential to unite
With the power to forgive
With the alternative to be content
With the gift of love
With the ability NOT to contribute to all the evil that we see around us
With the choice to emulate our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi Wasallam)

Id try my best to teach them all thatbut in the end the choice would lie with them.

Then Id leave them to themselves and embrace the multitude of goodness around me and sing the praises of my Creator

If only I was a butterfly.

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Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

"Id laugh with the insects and wed share our joys and experiences together."

My favorite line.


Have you ever heard the song "Alhamdullilah" by Dawud Wharnsby Ali?


on December 12, 2005 12:41 AM
asef said



All praises to Allah who allows HIS servants to weave such beautiful words.


on December 12, 2005 2:04 AM
bint abdul khaliq said

As Salaamu Alaikum

Br Rami,yup i do-infact it kept popping in my head when i wrote this!

Subhanallah,at breakfast 2day I switched on the reciever of the Islamic Station here and the program they had on was discussing...

(can ne1 guess?)

yeah..the amazingness of swallow tail butterflies.

Alhamdulillah-that couldnt have been a coincidence.Allah showed me that it is possible to learn from these beautiful creatures Alhamdulillah.

May Allah remove all the negativity in us that is blocking up our potential to the best Muslims we can be! Insha Allah Ameen.

Was Salaam

on December 12, 2005 4:26 PM
Mohammed Irfan Shariff said


What about the good old days when you were a caterpiller????

what were you doing then....

alhumdulilah fantastic piece...brought a smile to my face

on December 13, 2005 11:05 AM
Bint Abdul Khaliq said

If I were a caterpillar...

I'd carry on with my life in humbleness,seeing that I'm much more closer to the ground,and even though it might get tough coping with all those many legs-I'd trust my Allah and I'd be patient and thankful-coz I know that one day HE is going to teach me how to fly...

on December 13, 2005 12:49 PM
asef said


Ok you good folks, is anyone heading to houston for Annual Dawah conference from Dec 22-Dec 26?

I may end up there, Allahu Aalim!


on December 14, 2005 9:25 PM
Bint Saeed said

TDC was awesome last year!!! for those going this year please do update your hidaya online brothers and sisters about your experience and share with us the words of wisdom you soaked up:)

Wasalaam Walaykum

on December 14, 2005 9:30 PM
Faisal Akhtar said


Brother Irfan Sharif is the New ISRU president. Mashallah, what can I say except

"Those whom Allah guide's, none can lead astray"

I love you Irfan for the sake of Allah.

on December 14, 2005 10:56 PM
Daa'iya said

Beautiful mashaAllah
I love butterflies

on December 18, 2005 7:57 AM
Rami said

"The Butterfly Conservatory": Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

@ The American Museum of Natural History
Oct 8 2005 - June 23 2006


on January 4, 2006 4:11 AM
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