A Prayer: Thank You! Oh Lord, Allah

Novid Shaid, January, 2011

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Oh You, without form

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem

Unlike all we imagine

Free of error and need.

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Oh Lord! As I witness this world

On the spellbinding screen

Showing pain and suffering

Worse than I could ever dream.

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Oh Lord! As I hear of the problems

Which unsettle my soul

Of the abuse of innocence

Of the Earth’s dwindling capital.

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Oh Lord! As I wince and complain

At the blows of fate

The pressures of modern living

And the storms people create.

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Oh Lord! As my heart brews and trembles

With foreboding and stress

A pulsation of waves

Clears my heart of the mess.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Al Raheem!

Thank you for my life!

As a free human being!

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If it were Your choosing

I could never exist

I would never have sensed

This world of consequences.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for the safety!

All my life, I have seen!

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If it were Your choosing

I could have survived

Through the horrors of war

And terrible genocide.

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Thank You for this safety

Keep me free from all harm,

Relieve those who are living

Frightened and alarmed.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for the blessing!

Of my whole family!

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If it were Your choosing

I could have grown up

An orphan, so lonely

Without love or childless.

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Thank You for this bounty

Of my kith and my kin.

For my mother and father

For my wife and children.

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Oh Lord! Comfort the orphans,

And those yearning for offspring

And increase all these blessings

That I find myself in.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for the soundness

Of my body and mind!

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If it were Your choosing

I could have maladies

Or my body disabled

Or my mind ill at ease.

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Thank You for my health

And my consistent energy

Protect me from illness

From depression and lethargy.

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Strengthen those with weakness

Spread Your mercy on the lame

Help those who are suffering

From their aches and their pains.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for employment

For the flow of money.

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If it were Your choosing

I could have lived wretched

As a slave or a pauper,

Or a street-dwelling beggar.

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Thank You for my job!

And my honest income.

Increase me in wealth

As much, in Your wisdom.

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Help those on the streets

And those searching for means

Give me the power

To help my brothers in need.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for my food

And water, fresh and clean.

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If it were Your choosing

I could have lived in arid lands.

Where water is scarce

And no food close to hand.

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Bless me with clean water

Provide me with good food

Make paths for those searching

For water so cool.

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Help me to consider

How great water is.

And give me the wisdom

Not to waste such a blessing.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for the warmth

In my home and the heat.

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If it were Your choosing

I could be living, so cold.

In winds so inhospitable

It would rattle my bones.

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Protect those who are living

In the cold and the winds

And continue to warm me

Though I stress and I sin.

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Oh Lord! Oh Allah!

Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem!

Thank You for my soul,

And in You, I believe.

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If it were Your choosing

I could have been blind

To the truth of Your Light

Which shines beyond time.

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Bless me with true faith,

Give me a safe passage through death.

Guide those on the path,

For the truth is their quest.

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Oh Lord! When I think

How unsettling life can be,

Just the thought of Your blessings

Cheers my heart, endlessly.

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And send perfect peace

On the pure, grateful one,

And send him Your blessings,

To his family, and companions.

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I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

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