Poetry Contest Winner - 2014
by: Dina Atia
How does one use words to capture a religion like mine?
The light it fills our hearts with is enough to outshine,
The brightest star, no matter how bright it may be,
And I'm only a kid, but you can take it from me,
My religion's not terror, not war, not hate, not violence
But my words can't do it justice, and no amount of eloquence,
Can explain how beautiful it is, and how the stereotypes lie
I could tell you the truth of my religion, or at least I could try,
But I know of a book that describes it better than any of us could,
If you want the truth, read it, I really think you should,
It will tell you things that will change your world view,
It will tell you the truth about its followers too,
In a world like ours, you'd be lucky to find a religion like mine,
And I've never been that smart, trust me, I'm no Einstein,
But even I know that the truth is Islam,
And that our life is but one big exam,
But we can see the answers if we just look,
Oh and what I mentioned earlier, about that book
It was spoken by God, and it's called the Quran.
It can teach you about faith, we call it iman.
So how does one use words to capture a religion that has not a single flaw?
They can't. A religion like this can only truly be explained by God, Allah.