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Lesson of Life – Poem by Leila Adam

Lesson of Life by Leila Adam
So, your Lord didn’t send you on a Great Quest
To a famous noble sheikh for a teacher.
Instead He sent you an annoying request
From a brother John or sister Khadija.

Do you doubt the Source of your predicament?
Or the lesson He wishes you to learn?
Do you dislike the scenario He sent?
Or the direction He asked you to turn?

A noble teacher would set you hard tasks,
Wax-on, wax-off – to discipline your soul.
Don’t then ignore what your Highest Teacher asks.
His life lessons are not yours to control.

It is all part of what it means to Submit
And part of keeping the instruction for Sabr
And part of understanding how you should fit
Into His Wise and Benevolent Qadr.

Shake the sleep, the glare, the dazzle from your eyes
And see that your place is where He placed you.
Understand what He put plainly in your sight –
That your work is what He put in front of you.

Fabric of Life – A poem by Sister Leila Adam

Fabric of Life
Whether you weave your days with work and dhikr
Creating a unified fabric of life

Or whether you fuse the fibres together
Using random slashes of impulse and strife

Either way you will produce a cloth that spreads
Charming and looking good when put on show

But when put to the test of strength of threads
The woven tapestry is the one He’ll know

Because He watched each mindful chosen strand
And strengthened it with His Merciful Hand.