New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

A Moment in Your Love (Expanded)

Posted in notes by Imam Zaid Shakir on 2009-07-12

To spend a moment in your love,
beyond this world of strife.
To know the beauty of your face,
beyond the realms of life.

To pay the price you ask of us
O Lord of life sublime!
To purge the darkness from our hearts
within this brief lifetime.

As babes we enter on the path
not knowing where it leads,
And then we fall into its snares…
our wounded hearts do bleed.

We struggle on despite the pain
our weapons known to all.
To wage the war within ourselves
surrounded by Earth’s walls.

The walls of lust, of fear, of greed
that hem us from all sides.
We fight with love, with hope, with faith…
to slay the beast of pride.

Perhaps the blood will purge our pain,
our love anew to grow.
Perhaps our wounds will heal our scars.
Perhaps our faith will grow.

Perhaps we’ll know a purer love,
beyond the fleeting nights…
and days we spend upon the path
that leads us to your light.


By Mudassir on July 15, 2009 at 7:47pm

MashaAllah, amazing

By Molly Darden on July 21, 2009 at 11:09am

As salaamu alaikum Imam Zaid, This is a beautiful summary of our life's journey. "To spend a moment in your love, beyond the world of strife" is a wonderful brief meditation in our hurly-burly world. I will remember this. Thank you, and may Almighty God bless all your efforts. Molly Darden

By Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Ali Saad on August 9, 2009 at 10:40am

Alsalamu 3alkom Ahl al3ilm alqayim wa rahmatu ALLAHi wa barakatuH, Jazakom allah kol khyrin fee hathihi aldonya wa fee alakherah. Wa minkom nastafeed insha2 ALRA7MAN ALRA7EEM Self reminder:If he who knows not would simply remain silent, disputation would stop.

By Mujaahidah Sayfullah on August 27, 2009 at 11:42am

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakartuhu, Rahmadan Mubarak! Beautiful masha Allah. May Allah continue to bless you with the gift of Teaching and Communication. You were so missed at the Rihla after you left! May Allah reward you for Jump starting us in the morning classes alhamdullilah. Jazak Allah Khier Mujaahidah-

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