Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Eid ul-Fitr

Alhamdulillah! For the bountiful month of ‘Saum’
When we give up food, comfort and ‘naum’
Alhamdulillah! For helping us practice abstinence
And to learn the art of patience
We were all blessed this year by Allah’s grace
To strengthen our Iman and mend our ways

                 Kids as young as four
                 Defy thirst for 12 hours or more
                 Men and women, young and old
                 Learn to break the devil’s stranglehold
                 By keeping the impulses in check with a smile
                 Growing in piety and closeness to Allah meanwhile

But alas! All good things must come to an end
For the next month is round the bend
For another Ramadan with the family let’s pray
Till then to vice and weakness let’s not fall prey
And our Takwah should be strong and clear
For the rest of the year

                 Let us pray for those who could not
                 Reap the bounties of ‘Saum’. Who gathered naught
                 Of Allah’s blessings available in abundance
                 Available to those who practiced abstinence
                 May Allah accept our humble ‘ibaadah’
                 Our ‘tilawah’, ‘zakath’ and ‘sadakah’

So to Ramadan I bid a helpless farewell
With a hope that we all fared well
In this brief test that Allah put us through
Seeking an excuse to reward the simplest virtue
We cannot claim to be worthy of justice or just measure
We are blessed by Allah’s Grace and Pleasure

                                                                              Mohamed Azam
                                                                              19 September 2009

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