Rays of Faith Poetry Jam Winners

rof_gem_shirtOne of our volunteers had an excellent idea: let’s make a shirt specific for Rays of Faith and have it rewarded to one brother and one sister in a unique competition of some sort. The idea was approved unanimously by the shura, the shirts were made, and the competition was set as: an online poetry jam!

On Saturday of class, the shirts were shown and the rules of the competition were presented as well as posted on the forums. The winners, one brother and one sister, would receive a GEM Shirt, signed by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni, instructor for Rays of Faith. We received a number of entries, all of which can be read here.

The winning entries are listed below.

Winning Brother: Adil Saeed
Title: Aqeeda

Throughout my life I’ve spent so much time studying the earth’s mountains and craters,

yet I hadn’t given enough time to my Creator.

I neglected my lord for so long and lived in such defiance,

but then I was introduced to the Light of Guidance.

I enjoyed it much but felt sad once it was done , and saw nothing in sight,

but as I walked in darkness I was bombarded with Light Upon Light.

Even still I felt incomplete and I feared the unseen such as the wraith,

But I found the truth in Rays of Faith.

Winning Sister: Zehra Aslam

I begged Allah to keep me on the right track

Rays of Faith is what brought me back

Those words opened my heart and made me think

I found my connection with Allah, I found the link

Everything is recoded every breath, every deed

I now have a firm believe in the Angles, the Books, the unseen

What’s going to happen to me when I die?

Time to be judged, from the book that holds no lie

Oh Allah please keep me close, forgive me

Your Mashee’ah and Hikma please bless me to see

Honorable mentions:

  • Ali Mackaben
  • Saadah Ottman
  • “Zalamah” (who is this mysterious man?)
  • Sadaf Khan

JazakAllah khair to all who participated. InshaAllah look forward to more exciting competitions for future classes. Do we smell a baking competition for Precious Provisions? 😉

Don’t forget to read the other entries here!

Taha Ahsan