Born Muslim

Reflections about Muslim immigrants in the West by Neqiniso Abdullah
(from his book of Poetry “In Praise of Allah”)

Some who say that they were born
Into the Islamic Fold
Allow the binding fear of God
To gradually loose its hold

They early learn to fast and Pray
and recite the holy book
They make the Hajj and pay Zakat
and Swine they will not cook

So after this they proudly say
that they are Muslims true
and venture forth to western lands
where Muslim men are few

Their eyes and minds are then amazed
at everything they see
and soon their hearts admire men
who cause such things to be

But those men they seek to make this world
their haven of delight
and therefore they create their own
standards of wrong and right

So when a Muslim looks to them
as model for all men

Unwittingly he begins to slip
Gradually into sin

At first perhaps he misses a prayer
or rushes one on through
then busily pursuing the western ways
maybe he misses two

He reads the book a little less
and less he gives the poor
the challenge to raise his standard of life
now means a little more

Perhaps he’ll even begin to gamble
or taste some wine and beer
his acts distinguish him not from those
who have no godly fear

The path he follows gradually leads
the way the worldly seek
and his religion becomes a task
to practice once a week

What! six days he gives himself
and God he gives but one
But he sill claims to be a Muslim
Cause he’s a Muslims’ son

He who serves his own desires
but one place will he dwell
God shall seize him by his neck
and throw him into hell

Your father nor your mothers faith
will save you from the fire
If you consider this world to be
your innermost desire

BUT WAIT! where ever you are, your life
can surely be turned around
and the God you place upon your tongue
can in your heart be found

Conversion not only occurs in those
who do not know the way
It also occurs in those well versed
who gradually go astray

Forget, therefore, how u were born
God judges not your birth
By the purity of your heart at death
Will he determine your worth

Those who say that they were born
Into the Islamic fold
Like others, they must submit themselves
As clay for God to mould


About Nel Fahro-Rozi

I’m an avid reader, prolific wordsmith, cat lover, and passionate foodie and traveler. When I’m not in a world of my own with any of the above, I am an entrepreneur, communicator and writer. View all posts by Nel Fahro-Rozi

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