POEMS

By: Tahmina Bawany

You and me

When I was unmindful, oh my Creator
In a moment in a day
You did something that surprised me
This inspired me
This revived me 

When I was unmindful, oh my Creator
In a moment in a day
You gave something, which reminded me
This gathered me
This sufficed me 

When I was unmindful, oh my Creator
In a moment in a day
Your immeasurable mercy covered me
It purified me
It elevated me 

When I was unmindful, oh my Creator
In a moment in a day
You never forgot me
You constricted and expanded me
This humbled me 

When I was unmindful, oh my Creator
In a moment in a day
You did not divide your presence from me
You compound me
This contents me 

When I was unmindful, oh my Creator?
In a moment in a day
You still loved me, in every moment in every day
In my every doubt, you gave me certainty
With all my imperfections, you accept me. 

Oh my Creator !
You complete me.

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Honored guest

Creation
Amongst each other
Play master of ceremonies
We alter our scenarios
We exchange our roles
As rapid
And as gradual
As we deem
We perform with time
As individuals
As a team
 We assume authority
Therefore, delusions have we 

Creation
All together
Guests of The Invitee
He creates our scenarios
He transforms our roles
As active
And as delayed
As HE Commands
He gives allotted time
To an individual
To a team
His is Supremacy
Therefore, it is Reality 

Creation
Amongst each other
Are enemies and friends
Constant changing
Egos
We extend
Diverse impressions
We give and receive
We test and nurture
Each other
We afflict and assist
Ourselves
The illusion
Of you and me 

Creation
All together
Are one and the same
True blessing
For us
He extends
Pure love
He bestows
Contraction and expansion
In alliance
Constriction and liberation
For each
The existence
Of only HE 

There is only one Invitation
There is only one Invitee
How have we fared?
As honorable guests
Of the One Host Supreme

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Celebration of sacrifice

Oh what could be closer to you then sweet Ismāīl!
Dear khalil ul Allah the most selfless.
Your heart did bleed for a while.
Then, exploded your being!
La sharika laka! (oh Thou without equal)

Slay! Oh believers
That of which you hold dearest,
For Allah is Al-Muqit.
To He who Sustains all,
You are nearest.

Nothing shall be taken from you.
For nothing did you, possess.

Oh Prophet Ibrahim
Example to us,
The one in Islam
Pure in Iman
Reached have you, Ihsan!

Raised his sword did he
Slit the dark of light!
Cut from himself
Other than Al-Hayy.
Slay! oh believers! Slay