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Project #2: Asmaa al-Husna Poem
Wednesday October 23rd 2019, 5:05 am
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Project #2: Asmaa al-Husna Poem

I used to beat

myself up for

bad things I did.

Now, I realize

there is no need;

He is الغفور;

Surely, I will

be forgiven.

I used to walk

with unease and

anxiousness.

Now, I walk with

strength and power.

He is الولي;

Surely, I will

be protected.

I used to feel

confused and unsure

of what to do.

Now, I am relieved

and worry-free.

He is الهادي;

Surely, I will

be guided.

I used to cry

and was greeted

by loneliness.

Now, I understand what

is in my heart is known.

He is السميع;

Surely, I will

be heard.

Today, I am

wise, independent,

strong, grateful,

safe and loved.

And these are

all lessons

from my Lord,

الحكيم, الرشيد,

القوي, الشكور,

المتين,and الودود.

 

In Islam, there is a strong emphasis about the “unknown” of God, or Allah. During lectures, we have learned that Muslims believe He is the creator of all life and yet He does not procreate. He is the ruler of all words and yet has no physical stance on this Earth. He is our one and only and yet He is able to listen to and watch all. With these statements come great confusion about who exactly this figure is. Nevertheless, Muslims are not encouraged to ponder about God’s physical appearance or attribute human qualities to Him; instead, the 99 Names of Allah, or Asmaa Al-Husna, serve the purpose of being able to describe God and understand more about His power and love for all.

I wrote this poem mentioning 10 of the 99 names. As we discussed in lecture during the week of September 10th, this list includes both awe and fear-inspiring names to represent the dual nature of God- The Most Merciful as well as The Distressor. My poem only included the beautiful names in order to focus in on Muslim’s intimate, loving relationship with their Lord. Without the help of Allah, my poem suggests weakness and loneliness within humans. When they “find” God, they realize they cannot focus on the little things and instead find comfort in the idea of being safe (in all aspects) when in God’s hands. Furthermore, the poem demonstrates that with God, the person feels “wise…grateful…loved.” These terms were used to represent the fact that Muslims are continually fascinated by all that God encompasses- they seek approval from Him both out of fear and out of admiration. This theme was brought up in John Renard’s Seven Doors to Islam as the Prophets experience with God was described as “overwhelmingly an experience of transcendence and power, but also of a divine justice softened with mercy and forgiveness” (3). Moreover, during our September 5th lecture, we highlighted a Hadith “in which Muhammad states, ‘[Ihsan is] to worship God as though you see Him, and if you cannot see Him, then indeed He sees you.’” These ideas were also incorporated in my project in that I stressed the notion of feeling reassured as long as the presence of God is felt. This is an overarching topic that we have looked at countless times in class before; specifically, when we focused on the verse “To God belongs the East and the West; wherever you turn, you will perceive the face of God.” (Qur’an 2:115) during lecture. To Muslims, there is a strong belief that God is always watching. In my poem, this concept is featured in a way that brings relief to Muslim’s minds; surely, they are in good hands.

 


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