By FARAH TEJANI
Omnipotent and Merciful is He,
Allah knows what is best,
At certain times He chooses
To put us through certain tests
He observes our response
To His Rightful Command,
And on this He Judges,
Just exactly where we stand.
It is not meant to be easy,
What would be the purpose,
So we are challenged in truth,
Our response to Him defines us.
Reflect and recall a time when,
We chose not to obey His Laws,
He being of course, All-Forgiving,
No doubt, forgave us our flaws.
But what is to be said,
Of Hazrat Ibrahim, The One,
On the day he was commanded,
To take the life of his own son!
Put yourself in his place,
Could you do the same,
Take the life of who you hold most dear,
The ultimate sacrifice in Allah’s name.
Eid al-Adha celebrates Ibrahim’s loyalty,
To The Great and Loving Wise One,
Though surely riddled with fear and pain,
He placed Ismail, his most precious son,
In front of him, and said a prayer,
In the Name of Allah, Lord of All Things,
He swang the knife and opened his eyes,
And “Oh, But what Mercy God Brings.”
In the place of his very own son’s head
A miraculous goat’s head had fallen,
Allah rewarded Ibrahim’s obedience,
Without even a moment of stalling.
Try to imagine the emotions he went through,
Ibrahim was elated and held Ismail near,
Most Merciful is Our Most Gracious Creator,
Humbled by Allah’s Grace he held back a tear.
Abraham would we if we could,
Be as loyal as you are to Allah’s Laws,
You stand as a testimony of Great Faith,
Without even a moment to pause.
Let it be our endeavour, to faithfully honor,
The Words from Above they are in our best interest,
Take a moment to reflect this Eid al-Adha,
And we, too, will surely be at our best.
(The poem was composed on July 30, 2020).
Date posted: July 30, 2020.
“Heavy topics painted beautifully with her word,” was how one reader responded to Farah Tejani’s recent contribution Elastic Embrace: A Collection of Poems. Farah graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in May of 1997 and earned top Honors for her Thesis on Short Fiction. With the help of her agent Barbara Graham she then went on to publish a collection of short stories published by Trafford, called, “Make Your Own Chai, Mama’s Boy!” — ten short stories dealing with different dilemmas South Asians face. Farah also wrote and co-directed her stage play, “Safeway Samosas,” which won “The Best of Brave New Playwrights Award” in July 1995. Her short story , “Too Hot” won third place in the “Canada-Wide Best Short Fiction Award.” and was read at The Vancouver Writers Festival. Currently, Farah is working on Childrens’ stories and a collection of poetry called, “Elastic Embrace” to be published in 2021.
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Beautiful tribute to your dad Farah. He was a good man and will be fondly remembered. God bless.
A beautifully crafted lesson of our rich history. Well done.
Farah, my misfortune that I have neither met nor known about you unlike others. Muslim Harji forwarded me your poems. They are all beautifully written but I enjoyed the “A Mother’s Plea,” published earlier at https://simerg.com/2020/07/24/elastic-embrace-a-collection-of-poems-by-farah-tejani/ the most. I am positive it has touched the emotions of all mothers who have read it. Please continue writing and keep this beautiful gift alive and active.
My heartfelt thanks for your feedback and support. It truly touches me that you enjoyed my poetry. I will forge ahead.
Powerful and beautiful words, especially the second half of the first stanza.
Inspiritional wise soft words! Your inner spirits are giving you wings; go and fly with the beautifully sculptured words. God Bless.
Beautifully written. Cannot express how well it is done . Well done Farah.
A wonderful and inspiring poem. Farah, you have indeed been blessed by Allah in your literary work and I wish you continued success in writing and composing such poems, including the ones that were published last week.
Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words… I feel most honoured.
Farah you are so talented and beautiful. I really admire you. No words to express.
Wow…it is a beautiful poem. I am so..so proud of you Farah.
You are Unstoppable.
Love & Blessings always 💞
Farah, You blew me away with this beautiful poem. “The Great Sacrifice” is so timely.
Idd Mubarak to my little Patki