“Our Night Out”

by Novid Shaid, 2003, copyright

Come and join our night out on the go!

A night of light where your worries will disappear

See our smiles and happy tears that flow!

We promise you our hearts and ready ears.

First we’ll perform our wudu one by one,

Ensuring every limb is wet and clean,

We’ll offer two rakat before our night’s begun,

Our night will open solemn and serene.

Then we’ll don our caps and baggy trousers

Slapping on the best attar around!

And out we go all linking arm in arm,

Heading for our local masjid down the road.

And there we’ll enter carefully, right foot first.

We’ll greet the mosque with warm, honest delight.

The turbaned man will read the blessed verses,

We’ll pray Allah will bless our chosen night.

Then we’ll march all jolly up the town

Gathering at the famous rupture dome.

And there we’ll join the raq of wild renown

Bowing, rocking, swaying while all intone.

We’ll budge up close to share some rice and curry

Making sure all have a healthy share,

Sitting on our knees we needn’t worry

Our stomachs settle well without a care.

And then we’ll lie out in the spacious yard

Staring at the silent sparkling sky

The blessed winds brushing by like soft foulard

The hints of sunrise appearing by and by.

And homewards you’ll remark our sober eyes

Although our hearts are dancing in the skies.

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About Novid Shaid

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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