Poetry Contest Winner - 2012
IWA Member Category
Taqwa: A Virtue I Yearn to Attain
by: Maryam Funmilayo
Can one attain taqwa in this complex, material-driven world of ours?
Where humans have lost the essence of their being?
A world in which killing, cheating, narcissism, and oppression exist.
The human race has lost respect and virtues in almost every facet of life.
Taqwa, where shall I find you? Where shall I begin to nurture you?
A study of our past Muslim heroes and heroines is a true proof
That taqwa is doable and without no doubt, very possible.
For they emerged successfully, hence, we must follow their calling.
A Muslim must strive to reach that level of taqwa, piety.
Aiming for excellence is different from targeting perfection.
For no single soul is perfect save the Creator of the helpless creatures.
When I contemplate in silence, all alone, with no distractions
When I take account of my deeds before I am taken account of
When I cry out my soul after erring and failing
I feel and sense the awe of His majestic sovereignty
I know for sure He hears me since He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
I fear for His wrath yet hope for His undying love
Then, I know that taqwa is attainable, possible, and achievable
Taqwa is neither challenging nor frustrating.
Taqwa deserves its right place in my relationship with the Creator.
As long as I surrender and submit to the Lord of all worlds,
And worship no other but the only one deserved to be worshipped,
And strive to purify my intention no matter how small the deed is,
Then, I know that my baby steps towards taqwa are worth taking.