“Forbearance” (Ode to Peshawar)

This life is a test, they say.

Our hearts are constantly being swayed.

As  we are simply, silly little human beings

With finite emotions, finite feelings.

But the pain the mother goes through

as she lays her little one down to rest

with a final goodbye, she comforts his

lifeless body as he sleeps on her chest.

How does one tell this to the mother?

That “you must be patient, you must have *sabr”.

How do you explain to the one who will never again rest

As she struggles to endure this world, bearing the markings of this test.

As I ponder upon this, I cannot help but feel lost.

We all wish to attain *Jannah, but at what cost?

Then, I close my eyes, prostrate to the ground

And remember that my heart with the One who created it, is bound.

Perhaps that is why the heart was created, to be broken and torn

So that it could instead be mended and given back to it’s Creator

May *Allah grant them sabr and *ridha to bear this pain

And to one day, live a complete life again.

Knowing that at the gates of Jannah, their children will stay

Only to reunite with their parents in the Hereafter, we pray.

The pain may never heal, but God does know best

So “verily in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest”.

                                                                    -Poem by Amna Haq

Arabic Translations

Sabr- patience

Jannah- Heaven

Ridha- contentment

Allah- God

(For more information on the Peshawar Tragedy, I wrote a previous post sharing my thoughts and feelings about it here).