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IR RAHMAN IR
THE FIVE PRAYERSI said a little prayer just before dawn and then
another at the end of the morn.
Along came Asr as school ended for the day,
then Magrib came as the sun went away.
Isha came as the moon rose high then I
jumped into my bed and closed my eyes!
MY BABY SISTERI have a baby sister,
I love her very much
smiles at me and chuckles,
every time I touch.
We didn't have her last
she came just a month ago,
thank you Allah so very much
I love her so!
If you have a baby brother, why not change the word "sister"
MY TWO ANGELSI have two angels that follow me
wherever I may
one of them is quick to write,
the other one is slow.
The one who
is quick to write
is when I'm being good
the other doesn't like to
even when he should!
The one who doesn't like to write
I'm being bad
he wants to hear me say "I'm sorry,"
to my mum and
And when I say "I'm sorry Allah,
I won't do that again,"
away the bad deed
marked against my name.
The one who is quick to
writes the good I try to do,
even, when it doesn't work out just
he writes that one down too,
so when I get to Paradise
there for me
will be lots of lovely presents -
oh, how happy I will
Yes, you really do have two angels with you all the time, one on your
right side and the other on your left side. One day, if you are very, very, very
good you might see them. And did you know that if you were trying to do
something good, such as clearing the table, and say you accidentally dropped a
plate, you will still get the reward of doing something good because it was your
intention to do something good.
THE SKY AT NIGHTLittle stars up in the sky
you light the heavens way
Allah has placed you there to shine
you are amongst His wondrous
Big yellow moon with silvery light
you shine for travelers in
remember how once you split in two
obeying our Prophet* for all
Then as your term has been ordained
your luster fades and
starts to wane,
then you became a crescent small,
at other times you're
not there at all!
*Praise and peace be upon him
Did you know
that once as Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, was out walking
with some of his companions on the night of the full moon several unbelievers
saw him and mocked saying: "Split the moon in two, if you are a Prophet!" Well,
Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, never did anything without the
permission of Allah so he supplicated to Him and the moon split in two so that
one half appeared on the right side of the mountain and the other on the left.
It was a great miracle, some believed him but most still refused to believe and
even called him a magician!
THE SEASONSSpringtime brings fresh flowers
bursting from the
little lambs skip merrily
upon the new green turf.
knocking at the door,
the sun shines very brightly
Then along comes autumn
dressed in red and gold,
winds come suddenly
making night-time cold!
Slowly, silently winter
in her icy cloak,
fires are lit in the hearth
with fluffy puffs
Each and every season
Allah has made for you and me
at His wonders
and praise Him thankfully.
YOU AND MEBefore mankind lived upon this earth
Adam was created
without father or birth.
Allah made him from different colored clay
that is why our skins are colored in this way.
Some of us are dark and others
a kind of white
its only our belief and deeds that separate us in His
Did you know that Adam was the first Prophet of Allah and that the
first thing he did when he fell to earth from Paradise was to sneeze, then say
Al Hamdulillah - praise be to Allah? Now you know why we say Al Hamdulillah when
OUR VERY OWN MUEZZINOur rooster with a bright red comb
flew up on
top of our farmstead home,
he looked around, then raised his head
crowed to wake us from our bed.
"Time for prayer," is what he said,
said our prayer and went back to bed!
Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace
be upon him, heard some people complaining about a rooster that crowed and woke
them up just before dawn, but the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, told
them not to speak ill of the rooster - can you guess why? By the way, did you
know that floppy piece of red skin on a rooster's head is called a comb, funny
RAMADANRamadan is here at last
it is the month in which we
At its end we celebrate Eid
by giving charity to those in need!
PROPHET MUHAMMADpraise and peace be upon him
When truth was lost
and hearts were frozen
from You, Allah, came a Prophet, chosen.
Prophet Muhammad obedient to You
taught us the things we ought to do.
taught us for certain that You are One
that You have neither a daughter, nor
He taught us to be good to our mother and father
and that Paradise
lies under the feet of our mother.
I love you my Prophet and sing your
and follow your Sunnah, Prophetic ways.
One day I will come to
visit your tomb,
inshaAllah, that day will be very soon!
Did you know
that Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, is buried in the Mosque of
Medina and that when Prophet Jesus returns, and finally dies just before the end
of the world he will be buried next to him?
TWO LITTLE GIRLSTwo little girls were playing in the sun,
one wore a
scarf, the other wore none.
"Why do you wear a scarf?" asked the one
the other little girl said without a doubt,
"Allah loves me to
cover my hair
so that little boys won't stand and stare,
and when I grow
up, what I really want to be
is a well dressed Muslim lady like my pretty
fragile little flutter-by,
held in unseen Hands
across the fields and over the land.
You can do
what I can't do,
Allah has made you so,
you fly with ease from flowers to
as you flutter your wings in the summer's breeze.
And I can do
what you can't do,
Allah has made me so.
I can ride my bike and have lots
as I play all day in the summer's sun!
THANK YOU ALLAHThank You Allah for all that You give,
some times I'm
naughty, but please forgive.
Please teach me to be good every day
my heart be ready, willing to pray.
Thank You Allah for Your Prophet* who I
please raise him in rank in Paradise above.
*Praise and peace be
Did you know that we will all be given ranks in Paradise. If we
have been very good Allah will give us a high rank. Prophet Muhammad, praise and
peace be upon him, will have the best and highest rank in Paradise.
THE BOOKI saw a nice book
that had fallen on the ground,
it up and wanted it
then I looked around.
Did anybody see me,
No, so I slipped it inside my sweater,
closed the door and
then crept out.
Then I saw my friends
down by the willow tree,
called my name as they waved
shouting out for me.
I forgot what I had
and ran off to them to play,
I didn't see my teacher
And as we played and ran about
I didn't happen to see,
teacher walking slowly,
walking towards me.
Then to my shame the book
and then fell down,
my teacher just looked at me
and gave me
such a frown.
She knew just what I had done,
I felt that I was
as a great big tear rolled down my cheek
I felt so very sad.
knew that I must never take
what does not belong,
I knew that stealing
is very, very wrong.
I told her I was sorry,
wouldn't do it again,
so she wiped away my tears
for she knew I felt
She told me I was forgiven
and I could start anew
learned my lesson well
and knew what I mustn't do.
Did you know that,
although we often forget, Allah is watching us each minute of the day? There is
nothing we do that He does not see, even if we hide in a cupboard, He can still
see us. But, when we do something wrong and are really sorry and ask Him to
forgive us, He is so kind and merciful that He will forgive us and we can start
again, but we have to try hard not to do the same thing again.
O MUMMY DEARO Mummy dear, O mummy dear,
why do trees bow in the
My darling child, my darling child,
they bow in obedience to
O Mummy dear, O mummy dear,
how many leaves grow upon trees?
darling child, my darling child,
Allah alone knows the number of these.
Mummy dear, O mummy dear,
who should I love best?
My darling child, my
it's Allah and His Prophet*,
the kind, the
*Praise and peace be upon him
Did you know that we should
love Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, more than any other person,
even more than our parents and more than ourselves?
WHEN I WAS ILLOne day when I was feeling ill
a sparrow flew onto my
He didn't see me tucked up in bed
as he pecked away at a
piece of bread.
I thought of how he could fly
when I, in bed could
I thought how Allah had made him small
and then of dinosaurs,
and giraffes so tall.
I thought of many, many things
some with four
legs, others with wings.
I thought how wonderful Allah is
everything around me is really His!
Did you know that everything we have
really belongs to Allah, even your favorite toy? Allah is the Owner of all
things. He has made some people rich to see if they will remember that it is
only through His blessing they are rich and He watches how they spend their
wealth. Some rich people do a lot of good work by giving some of their wealth
away in the Name of Allah, and then there are some poor people who wish they
could do the same but can't because they have nothing to give. But Allah is so
kind and merciful that He will reward the poor person with exactly the same
reward He gives to the rich person. Why? Just because the poor person said to
his or herself: "If only I had a lot of money, I would spend in the Name of
Allah like that rich person."
ALADDIN'S LAMPI wish I had Aladdin's lamp
I know just what I'd do
I'd rub it hard and wish to be
in Paradise with you!
should want the same good things he or she wants for themselves for other
WINTERIn winter when I'm fast asleep
outside my windows angels
dusting everywhere around
with snow upon the frozen
So when the sun begins to rise
and sheds its rays across the
the world sparkles like diamonds bright
as it glistens in the new
THE YEAR OF THE ELEPHANTThe sun beat down on the desert parched
over it Abra's army marched.
Its aim to destroy Ka'ba with the elephant's
and kill many Meccans in a fierce fight!
As the elephant
approached Ka'ba most fair
it stopped in defiance and just stood
Somehow, even the poor dumb elephant knew
the destruction of Ka'ba
is strictly taboo.
Beaten so hard because it refused
with bars of
iron, severely abused,
but nothing would make the elephant march
though its beating was terribly harsh.
Abdul Muttalib, the noble, the
said to the Koraysh in haste - "Go and hide,
Allah will protect Ka'ba
go now to the hills not far away!"
Suddenly, the sky was
filled with birds
the Koraysh stared in amazement - lost for words!
had sent birds with stones
to pelt the army and break their
Abra, the wicked leader of them all
was hit hard by the stones
that fell in the squall,
his death didn't come straight away
in pain he
lingered for many a day.
Allah had saved Ka'ba in a miraculous way
no one forgot the events of that day.
The Meccans returned to their homes
in wonderment of the miracle they saw.
That was the Year of
a year in which there was another event!
A babe was born,
the last Prophet to be
Muhammad* his name, sent for you and
*Praise and peace be upon him
Did you know that Abdul Muttalib
was the grandfather of Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, and that
he looked after him when his mother, Lady Aminah died?
WISHFUL IMAGINATIONLast night I imagined an angel came
and took me
by the hand
we flew together far away
over sea and land.
We landed on a
and looked down upon a town
and saw a group of people
children playing around.
Then came a man dressed in white
perfume filled the air
the children stopped their playing
and sat in
This noble man had a face that shone
talked with words so
that tears just rolled down their cheeks,
a dry eye I could not
He spoke of Allah, our Creator
and that he was sent to
not just to that group of people
but to the world so wide.
asked the angel: "Who is that man,
where is this lovely place?"
me: "Prophet Muhammad*,
in Medina, City of Grace."
He told me that
this noble Prophet
had been given the Book so true
that teaches us what's
right and wrong
and tells us what to do.
The Book is named "Al
the Book Allah protects,
the Book so fine and full of
pure, without defect.
Then I imagined he told me
it was time
I felt my heart was going to break
I loved the Prophet so.
angel looked at me with pity
and smiled a gentle smile
so we drifted down
and stood a little while.
I learned something I will
that Allah is the only One,
that He is Eternal and
not need a son.
I learned He has neither
a beginning nor an end
and His Religion is Islam.
O how I wish I'd been a
in those years long past
then I wouldn't have to imagine
deep inside my heart.
One day when I am older
I hope that I will go
Mecca and Medina
for I love our Prophet* so.
Wouldn't it be wonderful
where once he had been
to gaze upon the mountains
what he had seen.
To glorify Allah at Ka'ba
so noble and most fair
thank Him for our Prophet*
and for His loving care.
*Praise and peace
be upon him.
I would really like to have been able to use the word
"dreamt" instead of "imagined" but in Islam it is forbidden to claim you had a
dream or vision of an angel when you did not. InshaAllah, one day Allah will
bless me with such a nice dream, wouldn't that be nice!
THE ANIMAL KINGDOMSome animals make their homes in trees
so do some
insects and busy honey bees,
whilst others burrow away in the earth so
then curl up inside for a winter-time sleep.
Camels live in the
desert hot and dry
storing water in humps so they don't die!
Yet the Polar
bear with his fur coat so nice
has to fish through a hole he has made in the
No matter whether animals are big or small
they give thanks to Allah
who created them all!
THE PROPHET'S MOSQUEWith lightness of foot the gentle camel
fearing to jolt the Prophet* holding its rein.
With grace it had
moved over the hot desert sand
obeying the touch of its kind master's
A cloud had shaded them on their way
shielding them from the
fierce sun's rays.
When they reached Medina children raced to his side,
the Prophet* greeted them they patted his ride.
"Where shall we build the
Mosque", they all inquired
as the Prophet rode his camel that was happy, yet
"Be patient," he said, "in a moment you'll see
where the camel
takes its rest that's the place it will be."
When the camel sat down in a
very blessed place
happiness spread over everyone's face.
They knew where
they should build at last
and fetched wood and palms - very fast.
fine, yet humble Mosque stood upon that site
and there the Prophet*
worshipped both day and night.
Everyone thanked Allah for the safety of his
for the camel that carried him and those by his side!
and peace be upon him.
The name of the Prophet's camel was "Kaswa" and his
companion was Abu Bakr
ISRA AND MIRAJAll was quiet, the night was still
when the Prophet*
was awakened by Angel Jibril.
Winged Burack trembled by Ka'ba in wait
carry the Prophet* to Jerusalem's gate.
That night Burack had been
ordered to carry but one
the best of humanity, Abdullah's son.
He knew the
importance of his blessed mission
for he carried no one except by Allah's
Over deserts and valleys Burack raced,
each stride was as
far as his sight could reach.
Over mountain tops with his legs raised so
they passed smoothly over without effort or sigh!
Mosque prophets waited patiently to greet
our Prophet* whose perfume was
Then as Jibril took his hand and they arose
sky to heavenly abodes.
Through veils of light in a gossamer haze
visited more prophets as they passed on their way,
as the heavens rejoiced in
at the predestined meeting near the Lote Tree.
and peace be upon him
This journey is one of our Prophet's most important
miracles. In those days it use to take several months to journey to and from
Jerusalem by camel but he traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem and returned in just
one night, added to which was the extra special journey through the seven
heavens! As for Burack, he is a very special animal from Paradise. He is white
and looks similar to a horse, however, he has wings on his thighs. As for
Burack's size he is smaller than a horse yet larger than a donkey.
SHARINGThere once was a greedy boy
who didn't want to share his
when his friends came to play
he would hide his toys
Soon his friends stayed away
and he felt lonely until one
he saw a lad he thought was poor
playing happily outside his
His toys were broken, none were new
yet he seemed happy - could
this be true?
Just then the lad saw the lonely boy
and called, "Come and
play, I'll share my toys".
"This is strange", thought the greedy
he's happy playing with those old toys,
I'll bring mine so that we can
and together they played happily all that day.
He had learned
it's nice to share
especially with those who have little to spare.
heart felt good, now he knew
that this is what Allah wanted him to
THE DANCE OF THE SNOWFLAKESThe cats were fed, the curtains drawn,
eyes grew sleepy, I began to yawn.
I said my prayers then snuggled up in
pulling the sheets around my head.
Outside the wind howled with
its biting chill
whilst the clock ticked away the minutes, until
at last I
drifted off to sleep
till the light of dawn through my window did
I rubbed my eyes and said my prayer -
when I drew the curtains
I just stood and stared
everywhere was cloaked in purest white
flakes danced - what a breath-taking sight!
The flakes whirled about like
a dervish dance
as I watched the wind toss them they seemed to
exalting Allah in His Glory and Might
what a blessed reminder - my
FISHWhy are fish so slippery
with bones that are sharp and
Why do they have eyes on the side of their face
and swim in
shoals when bigger fish chase?
Their world is quite unlike that of the
they can't even live on the soft wet sand!
Yet Allah lets me swim in
and play in the sand, then go home for tea!
SOMEWHEREWhen coyotes howl on a moonlit night
and the owl spreads
its wings in silent flight,
when you and I are tucked up in bed
in the world its time for prayers to be said.
Isn't it nice to know that
Allah is being praised every moment of the day and night!
THE GRUBIsn't it funny how a tiny grub
can chomp its way through a
hard piece of wood
gnawing its way deep inside a tree
its hole so small,
you can hardly see!
Look how Allah created him
without any bones and a
yet daddy has to work so hard
to split logs of wood in
our back yard!
The wonders of Allah you will always find
if you just
look around and open your mind,
wherever you look you're bound to
so many miracles of one kind or another!
Each creation has
its own special place and purpose in the planning of Allah. Some of us may be
clever at something whereas others find it hard, but that is no reason to look
down on someone and think you are better than them, after all they might well be
better at something we find hard to do. Think about the example in this poem. We
have a tiny grub that has no trouble at all making a hole in a hard piece of
wood and then there is the father, who is millions of times bigger and stronger
than the grub, yet he has difficulty chopping the wood!
NICE THOUGHTWouldn't it be very nice
to live near the Prophet* in
*Praise and peace be upon him
SOMETHING SPECIAL TO
My heart has something special to say
its "Subhan Allah" each and
Almighty is He above all things
the more I praise Him, the more
my heart sings.
When I say "Subhan Allah" a hundred times
He forgives one
thousand sins of mine
or, He gives in its place
one thousand rewards from
Thank You Allah for Your generous reward
I am so blessed to
know You are my Lord!
Isn't Allah kind to us! If we just remember to
praise Him by saying Subhan Allah 100 times, He gives us so much, and it only
takes us a few minutes to say. Why not start off by saying Subhan Allah ten
times a day and gradually build up to the hundred. You will be surprised how
quickly you reach the hundred!
JESUS, AL MAHDIThe day will come when a man
THE FALSE MESSIAH
he is the messiah and brings clouds full of rain.
Written on his
forehead there will be
a sign for believers to read and see.
The sign will
read KAFIR, if you see it you'll know
not to believe him or to Hell you will
This man will perform magic in a way never seen
appear as miracles sent from the unseen.
But his magic is from satan, the
stoned cursed one
who longs for our souls when our lives are done.
comes during your time, trust Allah and you'll see
He has not forsaken you,
but sent Al Mahdi.
At the Mosque on the Mount of Jerusalem fair
Mahdi will fight and
make his stand there.
Then, at last such blessed
relief will come
as Jesus, the true Messiah descends - Mary's son!
ad-dajjal, the false messiah sees Jesus is here
he will tremble then shrink -
struck with fear.
But Jesus* will call - ad-dajjal can't get away
when he leaves the Mosque, the false messiah he'll slay.
Peace and truth will
at last be restored
as Jesus destroys the error surrounding his word.
will proclaim that Allah is One
that he is His worshiper - not His
*Peace be upon all the Prophets of Allah
The false messiah
will come just before the end of the world. The world will be in a terrible
condition; lots of people will starve on account of a severe drought. When
ad-dajjal, (the Arabic name for the false messiah) comes he will use his magic
to make rain, but won't give water to anyone unless they follow him, and he will
do a lot of very bad things, but we must not give up hope. Allah will send Al
Mahdi who will prepare the way for Prophet Jesus. After Jesus has killed the
false messiah, the rain will come again, the famine will be over and Islam will
be practiced just like it was during the time of Prophet Muhammad, praise and
peace be upon him; it will be a very happy, blessed time.
WHAT TO DOWhat shall I do today
shall I go outside and play?
shall I help my mum instead
wash the dishes and make the beds
for when I
help her angels write
something good about me in Allah's sight.
ABU HURAYRAHA long time ago in Medina most
FATHER OF THE KITTEN
a man named Abu Hurayrah once live there.
How did he get his name do
you suppose -
'twas because of a kitten that curled up in his
Abu means father, and Hurayrah means kitten. Abu Hurayrah was
one of the Prophet's closest companions. He would go everywhere with the
Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, and memorize what he said and those
sayings are called "Hadith". It is through Abu Hurayrah and companions like him
that we know a lot about what the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, taught
IN HIS NAMEIsn't it wonderful how Allah permits
the oceans to carry
big iron ships
and planes to fly through the clouds so high
of white across the sky.
Allah has given us brains to use
so don't close
your mind or you're sure to lose
use your brain
in His Name
just might be
a scientist on the brink of discovery!
THE PIGEONSDid you know the pigeons
that fly around Ka'ba
are descended from those two pigeons
that kept the Koraysh
away from the cave
beyond the Holy City
where Muslims were
without sympathy or pity.
The cave in which our Prophet*
during his migration
over which a spider spun its web
the slightest hesitation!
*Praise and peace be upon him
When you go to
Mecca, I am sure you will see pigeons flying around Ka'ba, so don't forget they
are not ordinary pigeons, they are very special pigeons. Did you know that Abu
Bakr was the Prophet's companion in the Cave?
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGSWhen the leaves change color
and fall from the
when Jack Frost tweaks your nose
and makes you sneeze,
fire crackles away
in the old wood stove,
and you put on your
to warm your toes.
Don't forget those
without a home
roam the streets
with no home of their own.
Don't forget they are
pray for them and ask
Allah to guide.
Allah for your blessings
for it could have been you
with hands numb and blue.
A GOOD WORDThe sun didn't come out today
he's such a
he snuggled down amongst the clouds
and spent the day in
and as the angels drove the clouds
drops of rain began to
gently caressing the fresh green leaves
of trees so elegant and
Then I remembered what our Prophet* said
about a good word
its roots are like an established tree -
its branches reach the
*Praise and peace be upon him
THE FLYHave you ever watched a fly
climbing up a wall,
watched it cross the ceiling
and wondered why it didn't fall?
And isn't it
under each of its two wings
lie a tiny sack of
amongst some other things.
In one sack is a poison
that can make
yet in the other an antidote
that cures, by Allah's will.
is yet another truth
that Prophet Muhammad* brought
so that people
may pause and give a thought!
*Praise and peace be upon
Did you know that it was only in last century that scientists
discovered the two sacks of fluid under the wing of a fly? You can imagine their
surprise when they found one contained poison and the other its cure, and even
more surprising to them was the fact that Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace be
upon him, told his companions about these two sacks of fluid over fourteen
FOODDon't forget to say "Bismillah"
when you eat your
because that shaytan of yours
is very, very rude!
From each and
you pop inside your mouth
he yums some up like crazy
that there is no doubt!
But when you say "Bismillah"
he hates it, and runs
because he knows you love Allah
and His Prophet* you
However, if you do forget, say
"Bismillah in its beginning and
and that shaytan of yours will vomit
and you'll have made
*Praise and peace be upon him.
One day, a very hungry man
sat down to eat in front of the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, and
forgot to say Bismillah. It wasn't until he was just about to pop the last
handful of food into his mouth that he remembered so he quickly said: "Bismillah
in its beginning and end". The Prophet had been watching him and when he heard
him say this he told him that until that moment he had seen shaytan eating his
food with him, but as soon as shaytan heard him say "Bismillah in its beginning
and end" he vomited and ran away!
AROUND EVERY CORNERAround every corner
at each and every
lurks that wicked shaytan who pretends
to be your
Sometimes he whispers in your ear
"Do it, it can't hurt!"
listen and you do it then realize
he's nothing but a jerk!
For what you
did seemed nearly OK
at that moment in time
but it was shaytan's cunning
that tricked your little mind!
Yes, shaytan does try to trick us but
we can't lay the blame on him when we do something by saying "Shaytan made me do
it". We must be responsible for what we do and think before we do it, after all
we must remember that shaytan is very happy when we do something wrong because
he does not want us to go to Paradise.
PLEASE AND THANK YOUThere are three little words
they're only small
they help you and others
to feel at least ten feet
Those words are "please" and "thank you"
they always bring a
and make you think nice thoughts
and chase of shaytan's
A smile is also charity
it softens a hardened heart
makes for happy memories
when you're far apart.
These little things are
they help the world go round
and one good thing leads to
and banishes a frown
Harsh words are destructive
and lead you down a path
that more often leads to sin!
kind to others around you,
spare a thought for their needs
ever, forget to say "thank you"
and always ask with "please".
Muhammad, praise and peace be upon him, taught us to say "Bismillah" before we
start to do something, he also taught us to have good manners and not to be
angry. Saying "please" and "thank you" are part of being good mannered.
MUM AND DADEven if things didn't go to well at school today
someone made you mad
don't come home from school then
take it out on Mum
They love you and you should treat them well,
why not talk it
over with them,
for after all they're not just Mum and Dad
they are your
very best friends!
THE HOLY MANA holy man came knocking,
knocking at a door
people looked down on him
thinking he was poor.
True his clothes were
tattered, faded, torn,
true his socks had holes in them
shoes were worn.
He asked them in the Name of Allah
to help him in this
but the door was closed upon him
and he was turned away.
way was that of the Prophet*
who warned and brought good news
of the Path
so very straight,
a path that will never loose.
Reminding that this
soon fades and is but a delusion
but shaytan promotes and
and tricks with his confusion.
Yet the life of the world to
is eternal, it never ends
and is either full of happiness
punishment for shaytan's friends.
His way called back to the
where the heart finds rest
where when a good deed is done
never goes unblessed.
Its reward is more than doubled,
for doing even the smallest good deed
great treasures lie in
Yet when we fall into sin
we are punished just for one
ask for forgiveness
then it counts as none.
That night, alone yet
he prayed unto his Lord
for poverty mattered not to him
And as he lay down to sleep
sweet angels cradled him
took away his soul so gently
he did not feel a thing.
Then to the
house the angels went
to make another call
to take away the soul of the
who had closed the door.
His rank and wealth were of no
they were but a trial for him,
he had forgotten his wealth
belonged to Allah
and could free him from his sin,
for he had become
delighting in rank and wealth
neglecting his precious soul
promoting the ego of his self.
Sad indeed was his condition
family laid him to rest,
spending upon his impoverished soul
whatever they thought best.
But around the holy man's grave there
flowers with perfume sweet
whilst birds flew singing happily
contented soul to greet.
Happiness indeed was his,
now his trial was
for he'd been shown his place in Paradise
the place that he had
For him no more tiredness
just sweet, perfected rest
a reward for
obeying Allah and His Messenger*
the reward that's richly blessed.
THE JINNTonight I saw a shooting star
way up in the sky
there for just a minute
as it sailed quickly by.
Then I remembered how the
about the eavesdropping jinn
that journeyed to the lower
just to listen in.
They used to journey so far away
and to learn
about the future of mankind and
then to earth return.
Allah put a stop to this
for mischief some would make
so nowadays there
waits for them
flames, and guards awake!
DON'T TELL TALESDon't tell tales about others
even when they're
because that sort of thing
just isn't nice to do!
Look for good in
and you will surely find
that angels are pleased with
because you're very kind.
But, be wise about others
and learn from
and turn the situation into
one which shaytan hates,
he is waiting for you
each moment of the day,
but you know much better
that's why you turn away.
Our Prophet* and his family
never said a
so follow his example
for he's the best of all
*Peace and blessings be upon him and his family
companions were always kind to their servants, they ate the same food and were
never treated badly. One day an ungrateful servant broke the leg of a
companionís sheep. When the companion saw the poor sheep he asked what happened,
so the ungrateful servant told him that he had broken its leg just to make him
angry. When the companion heard this, instead of being angry, he thought to
himself, "I will turn this situation into one that shaytan will hate!" So
instead of punishing him he said to his servant: "Go, you are a freeman."
MY SPECIAL FRIENDI have a tabby pussy cat
her coat is soft and
she rubs around my legs and purrs
when she wants to play.
does so many funny things
which always make me laugh
then stops right in
the middle of them
and licks herself, to take a pussy bath!
At night she
curls up tight
at the bottom of my bed
then wakes me up for Fajr
because I'm such a sleepy head.
She really is a special cat
thank Allah for her
and know she's happy to be my friend
because of her
Her name is "Momma"
SOUL SEARCHINGBusy, busy, busy,
hurry, hurry, hurry!
have been done yesterday
worry, worry, worry!
What is this life all
who is the real me,
what is the purpose of my being
is this my
Working hard nine-to-five
and then some overtime
life is just
streaking by -
I'm about to lose my mind!
Do I really need all life's
with ever growing visa bills
working hard for two weeks
of fun and sun in compensation!
Stop the world, I need to
is there nothing to life but this
or is there something more
something I have missed?
Prophet Muhammad, praise and peace
be upon him, always lived a simple life. He was satisfied with whatever Allah
sent him, and was neither greedy, nor did he want lots of things. In fact, when
he was given gifts he would always give them to needy people. There is nothing
wrong in being rich. After all you can do a lot of good things for others with
it, but we must remember not to become slaves to the world like the person in
the poem. Because when we become slaves to the world, there is the danger that
we will be so busy thinking of things that we forget Allah and His Prophet,
praise and peace be upon him.
GOOD NIGHT LITTLE DARLINGGoodnight little darling, sleep tight,
angels protect you this night.
Sweet dreams little darling, until the new
then wake fresh in the morning, ready to pray.
THE MIDNIGHT PRAYERLast night I couldn't go to sleep
so I got up and
said a prayer,
because I know itís a good thing to do
and angels are
And I know for this prayer lies
a very great reward
Paradise where treasures especially
for me are stored!
CHILDHOODFar away where the grass was green and lush
were home to a speckled thrush,
where a tiny wren I mistook for a
gathered twigs to build its frail little house.
Where the buttercup
nodded it's bright yellow head
as a ladybird rested on its petals with wings
spotted and red.
Where the only sound was the whisper of the wind in the
the gentle cooing of doves and the hum of bees,
where the sky was
blue with puffs of white
as the sun warmed gently with its delicate
Where I ran through the meadow without a care
under the protection
of Allah who was always there,
those are the happy days of childhood I
when I was young with no cares at all.
In England where I grew
up, a ladybug is called a ladybird, I think it is prettier name don't you? By
the way, a wren is a very, very small brown bird about the size of a mouse.
MANY YEARS AGOMany years ago when I was young like you
there were so
very many things that I liked to do.
I would ride my bike down the country
over hills and valleys then back again
and paddle in a crystal
catch fish with my net and dream
that one day I would catch a fish
and bring it home so we might dine.
But, in those days I didn't
know how to pray
and never thanked Allah for those lovely days.
I did not
know there was more to life than this
and never knew what I had
But as I grew Allah guided me
and my heart is much happier
for now I stand in worship to praise Him
and bow with those who
LORD OF ALL THE WORLDS"Praise be to Allah, Lord of all the
are words we repeat five times a day
but have you ever stopped to
what those words really say?
They are words in praise of
who creates different forms of life
for it is an easy thing for Him
without tiredness or strife.
He created not just our human
but worlds both great and small
of animals, insect and fish,
flowers and so much more.
Each has its own kingdom
which is special to
and all praise our Creator
because their hearts arenít
Trees are obedient to Him
and bow down to Him in the wind
rocks fall down from mountain slopes
in remembrance and fear of Him.
though we cannot hear them
stones sing out His praise -
remember how they
greeted our beloved Prophet*
as he journeyed on his way?
None of these
worlds forget Him
and praise Him in their special way
So let us remember
that it is He who created us all
when we stand together and
*Praise and peace be upon him
SKINHave you ever thought about your skin
how it keeps the outside
out and your inside in?
And have you noticed when you cut your knee
your skin recovers rapidly.
Skin covers us from head to toe
and grows with
us as we grow.
When we laugh we've seen it change shape
and turn quite
pale when we stay up late.
Now stop for a while in amazement and
and look at the skin upon your fingers,
those prints belong to you
and no other
not even your sister or even your brother.
Each finger print
is different, no one on earth has the same
Allah has made them specially for
you so why not
stretch your brain
and start to recognize His miracles
that are with us every day
then remember to thank Him for them every time you
SO YOU THOUGHT!So you thought you'd got away with it
but don't forget there's Someone else
who knows exactly
what's in your heart,
you may be able to fool others
by telling the half
to suit your cause
but in case it slipped your mind
we're all subject to
Deeds are judged by intention
from that there's no
and remember angels watch over you
and in readiness await
if you will mend your ways
and right what you did wrong
even if it means
your face turns red
it won't last for very long.
Admitting you were the
one at fault
and facing the consequence
I am sure you will agree with
it makes a lot of sense!
You'll feel so much better about
and soon have a good feeling inside
because you were upright and
faced the truth
and pushed away your pride!
ASAs the sun slips away
at the end of the day,
as stars twinkle
in the dark night sky,
as the moon peeks through clouds laced with
and peace descends as we sleep in the still of the night,
delight in exaltation, praising their Lord
while the pious recite the Koran,
His unchanging Word
we are cradled in comfort till the dawn brings a new
when we stir from our bed intending to pray,
then angels wing with our
prayers through heavenly skies
to place them before the Throne of Allah, the
SPRINGBluebells and daffodils,
Violets and primroses,
building their nests
In bushes and hedgerows,
The babble of water
flows swiftly down stream
Nurturing its banks
With their new coats of
A water vole
With its eyes large and bright
Burrows away in the
Out of predatorís sight.
Whilst a perky squirrel
Forages through autumnís dead leaves
Where his treasures lay,
earth is awakened
From its winter-time sleep
As angels fulfill their duty
A promise to keep,
And so it is that Allah
After death a new life
He undoubtedly brings.
THE ENDWe hope you have enjoyed these poems, Insha'Allah I will write
some more Islamic poems for you soon.
This book is copyrighted 1993 -
by Khadijah Stephens and the Mosque of the