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I have seen you on the prayer mat

Bowing down to our God

Yet learnt you lie so blatantly

In total disregard

Of what’s true, and what did happen

The truth between us all

You forget the angels writing

Of what did befall

Your hatred, and maliciousness

Severed the ties that held us close

They are shredded, and beyond repair

With wickedness you pose

Lies, and deceit spread their poison forever

With broken spirit I won’t trust

The likes of you never


I wrote this poem a year, or two earlier, but have forgotten the date. I had posted it on my blog.


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My long term memory has gone for sixes. The short one remains really short. It has always been a difficulty. My late husband was always annoyed with my handicap. He thought I did it on purpose, because sometimes my memory works, at other times it doesn’t. I do try to memorize. A common word can slip my memory, whereas I’m trying to locate, and it tries to elude me.

It happens all the time like last night. Within minutes I had forgotten the movie’s name I was watching on Netflix. There has been no cable since Hurricane Harvey paid us a visit. I got extremely bored after the absence of cable. Fortunately our Internet works. I finally juggled through the various remote controllers with Son’s guidance to settle on a movie.

Son came back from the mosque after saying his night prayer, and asked whether I wanted to go for a walk. I did because of the unending rains I hadn’t been out the whole week. A thought was prevalent in my mind that God forbid the end was near, and we were having a repeat of rain plus floods from the times of Prophet Noah.

I put the movie on pause, and scrambled to get my shoes. During the walk, Son asked for the movie’s name. I told him that it was a good movie, but I didn’t remember the name. See that’s how long my memory is!

Aug 31, 2017



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It was eerily quiet. Lights were on, but no one in sight. My late husband was away, and  my eight year old daughter and I were on our own. Strangely it looked like our servants had gone somewhere else. 

Telling Nola to stay in one place, I tried to find out why no one was at home. I looked all around outside, but mysteriously everyone had disappeared. I came back to where I had left Nola — she wasn’t there. Now where could she go? With heart full of anxiety, and eyes brimming with tears, I kept calling my daughter. 

I searched my home, inside and outside, it seemed Nola had disappeared too. Crying, I ran outside to find my daughter. Suddenly I got the feeling I was the next target, and I had to flee. I felt desperate, hopeless and didn’t know what to do? With grief stricken heart at the loss of my daughter I ran trying to hide behind bushes, and trees on the way. I could hear them calling each other, as they searched for me. I kept praying to God, as I evaded them.

With tears running down my face, I woke up. It was a bad dream. The call of muezzin calling to morning prayer had begun. With heart full of relief, I stood on the prayer mat to say my prayers.




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Two Right Feet
by Ben Huberman
What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things?

At beginning of a morn, I get up and pray
It’s the same thing I do at the end of a day

My first thing in the morning is to get up for Fajr (morning prayer). I rarely miss saying it. Before I sleep, I set up an alarm to wake me up at the required time.

The last time I missed it was about five years back. My (late) husband R, and I had gone to the village to attend a relative’s marriage. After attending the first day function, I got to my home in the evening.

Our home in the village remained closed, and shuttered till we went there for a night or two. It would collect dust massively. It is, and was a nightmare to clean. My greatest obstacle was the load shedding. With no electricity I couldn’t use the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes the watchman (we had employed for the village home) would forget to fill the water tank (for wee hours the electricity would come, and go) —there wouldn’t be any water for washing, or any other purpose.

In between my bouts of cleaning, I managed to give R his evening tea, and later on meals. I washed the dishes, and give the kitchen a good scrub too. R went to sleep, and I continued with cleaning till the electricity went off at 12p.m. I lighted a candle, and went to shower to remove the dust, and grime. I said my night prayer, before I went to sleep. By then, it was 1.30 am.
I was bone tired, and sleepy, and forgot the alarm.

I was jolted into awakening by R, when he asked for tea. I realized that I had missed my prayer. That day my husband, and I had a disagreement over something which morphed into a huge spat. I was miserable the whole day, and I didn’t enjoy the wedding festivities.

I feel blessed, and at peace after going through my Fajr Salah (prayer). Angels surround us at the time of praying to God, and we feel peace, and calmness in our hearts.


That’s What I Dread

Pens and Pencils
by Ben Huberman
When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

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My writing:

Sometimes deciphering, what I wrote, and said
It’s really hard (even for me) that’s what I dread

Once I volunteered for a friend I had
To write down a special prayer by hand

She asked me not to write it
For she would only misread

I felt embarrassment
My face did get red

I ended up not doing it
For my PC was all dead


Give Thanks

Daily Prompt: From the Top
Today, write about any topic you feel like — but you must reuse your opening line (at least) two more times in the course of your post.


Thank you Allah for a peaceful day.

Theses are words often said by my son S at the end of a day. I don’t know in which world I exist. They would pass over my head. I would say a perfunctory repeat “Thank you Allah”, and that would be that.

Yesterday night while retracing our steps back home after our walk, he again said with a sigh “Thank you Allah for the end of a peaceful day”, I was reminded that I never say this. Then and there I resolved with myself that I will give thanks to God at the end of a day.

During the day from morning till night I do give thanks to God for various things. I had never given thanks for a peaceful day. It is a reprieve from God which we don’t realize.

Give Thanks