Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Admin | Views:0
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The Annual Writing Competition 2013 has come to an end, and with the Grace of Allah, many diverse and interesting enteries were submitted. Each one of them are worthy winners in their own right, but alas, there can only be one winner from the competition.
Below are the two shortlisted enteries, which eaalim staff selected to put to vote with the blog readership. The decision lies in your hands, so please vote for your best piece.
In the words of the writer, this poem is written “about people who face various different problems throughout different aspects of life, yet one concept that unites everyone are the balancing concepts of struggle and hope – whether it be in the life of the young, the old, the weak or the rich.” From all different corners of the world we will face problems, and some may deal with them like a flame in the storm; hoping that tomorrow will bring positive changes.
Flame in the Storm
Exhausted and drained, his footsteps go on,
Another second, an hour, another day to carry on.
When the sun and the stars seem all in one,
No barrier between nightfall and the daylight sun.
His tired eyes tell a story potent…
In endless time he treads in content…
In struggle the path is deeply engraved,
Yet like a light in the darkness, his smile awakes.
His road has been one with a story to tell,
Many trips, many bruises many wounds have been felt.
A thousand sighs have been sighed from time on end…
Yet his goal is so clear and it’s exactly what he intends…
Not a day not a moment has passed in laze.
In dragging times he lights up hope in a beautiful daze.
He’s kept on going from day one of this tale,
And yet he is going…right now without a fail…
Like a beam of light shining through the blinding dark…
He regains his hope and he strengthens like a spark…
Like an unwavering flame in the midst of a storm…
He was walking, yet he is walking…and he keeps going on…
In this piece, the writer has made use of parables and personal sentiment while recounting the feeling of love for Allah سبحانه و تعالى – The imagery is one that many of us may be able to relate to.
It’s a Love Story
Today we all live in a world where we want to be the best. Best in everything, we want to have the best house, best interiors, best cars, maximum revenue and not just that, we even want our social networking status updates, pictures and posts to get maximum likes and comments. We are all selfish in some way or another. We all want to push someone down and climb up the ladder and make our spot at the top. My story is slightly different. I wasn’t running behind fame, money or power. I was running behind love. In the sense that I love to get love, and I was living in a world of my own where everyone loved me – my family, my relatives, my friends, my neighbours and everybody whom I knew. I had no clue what it felt like not to be loved, I did not know the feeling of dejection or animosity. There was no soul I could think of that despised me or hated my presence.
Then there came a phase in my life when all that I had, was suddenly turning away for me. No matter how hard I tried to impress people and be nice to them, it was turning out to be completely futile. I tried in abundance to be best, tried day and night to get that care and importance back. One day I thought to myself, ‘what on earth am I running behind? What am I doing with the time that Allaah has given me? What will I get even if people love me?’ My tears and sorrows mean nothing to them. That was the moment that turned my interest and passion towards someone else. Some One who has always been there with me, through thick and thin, in sickness and health, in victory and in failure, when the whole world loved and when no one did, when I looked the best and even when I looked shabby. He has loved me from every moment, and I have realised that His is the only Love that is genuine. He is none other than my Lord Allaah.
I have begun to love Him so much that I want to die in the state of loving Him – I want to fall more madly and deeply in love with Him. Love which will never be revoked or diminished Insha’Allaah. He is the One who taught me the true meaning of Love, and He is the One who Looked at me even when I was busy looking at others. He is the One whose Mercy for His slaves is more than what a mother has for her child. He is the One who makes ways and means to make me smile when I get hurt and dejected. He is the One who gives me hope that everything is going to be fine. He is the One who tells me that what is best for me will be gifted to me in the most beautiful way. He is the One who turns my hardship into ease and sorrow into joy. Who blesses me with comfort when small and large problems come my way.
How could I have wasted so much time not seeing His love; not understanding how much I have let myself down by withdrawing from Him and running after useless things. Not realising that the only One who truly loves me is the One who destined for me to come into this world. Who gave me life and made my life so beautiful. I want to thank Him more and more every day for all the Love He has given me, for making me realise the meaning of life so simple. My life, my sacrifices, my dreams, my prayers, my love and my death is all for Allaah, my Lord and the Lord of all that exists, Who deserves all the praise, grandeur, worship and Love.
This is my Love Story and I have said Yes!
Please email [email protected] with your favourite shortlist from the above two. We will be announcing the winner on 30th July 2013.
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