Abez sez Assalamualaikum!

An-Najm

Will ye laugh and yet not weep for the years you’ve lived asleep-
Asleep to numb your fears,
and numb to soothe your cares,
Living in day dreams to escape the day nightmares.
Will you play but never try to remember why you cry,
Using life as your excuse
For living without thought.
Did you know that your Lord knows what you know not?
Your Lord He grants you laughter and He also grants you fears,
And when He grants you death,
He will grant your loved ones tears.
And if their eyes are open, their sadness brings them light,
And if their eyes are closed, the shock may bring them sight.
No bearer of a burden may bear any but his own,
And you sat with friends before,
But now you stand alone.
The last of us and the first of us, the best of us and worst of us
Will be raised as we have died, and will die as we have lived.
So laugh a bit but weep,
And rouse yourself from sleep
May you wake as you have died- eyes open wide.

6 Thoughts on “An-Najm

  1. Khadijah on June 11, 2010 at 2:22 AM said:

    Subhan Allah! A heart that lives is blessed with moving insight. And with the awakening, may there only be the Blessing of steadfastness.

  2. Uncle Veirdo on June 13, 2010 at 1:36 PM said:

    Hey Abez,
    Amazing poem. Your couple of lines just before the last remined me of some passages from a fav poem of mine by Alfred Noyes which has the same message almost:

    O, woven in one wide Loom thro’ the throbbing weft of the whole,
    One in spirit and flesh, one in body and soul,
    Tho’ the leaf were alone in its falling, the bird in its hour to die,
    The heart in its muffled anguish, the sea in its mournful cry

    keep up the good work yo, MashAllah.

  3. Jazakillah khair

  4. Uncle Vierdo- wow, what is the rest of that poem called? I’d love to read the rest of it

  5. Uncle Veirdo on June 16, 2010 at 9:48 PM said:

    Here you go…

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-loom-of-years/

    Also, read this one by the same author. The last four lines is a beautful prayer that just speaks the unspoken but felt nevertheless:

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-prayer-in-time-of-war/

  6. Uncle Veirdo- Loom of Years was beautiful, and Prayer in Time of War was really just amazing. I cannot believe I had never read anything by Alfred Noyes before. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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