Light & Darkness

Maryam Abdul-Kareem
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Oct 17 · 3 min read

Ponder. Light and Darkness.
Too often I found myself in the absence of light. In a pit of darkness where tears of salt stain down my face.
Blinded, my pupils search.
Heart’s Iris widened in the darkness, looking for presence.
Iman, Islam, Love, Allah.

Ponder. Light and Darkness.
Too often I found myself in the absence of Light. A deep darkness held a hearty position.
Changed my condition – Iman, Islam, Love, Allah.
The waters of Fitra cleanse my soul.
Washed upon these sands, it feels like home.
Stranger to these lands,
I am home-bound.

Searched for my crown in Dunya, I found rusted steel.
It is in Jannah that we are jeweled, found my light in its pursuit.
Remember, there is never a darkness too dark for light.
Allah is Merciful and All Might.
There is no strength He cannot give you, no mercy you could need, beyond His means.
Remember, the journey from the ocean’s floor is met with the comfort of the Sun.
She kisses you on your forehead as you emerge from all you’ve done.
There is no sin too great for repentance. Sign Taubah as your name.

Ponder. Light and Dark.
I remember the mercy of Allah. The light He laid upon my path.
An undeserving servant. Unveiling upon myself the hardships of abandoning my task.
Ya Rabb, forgive my past. Mercy and grace, unpoison my soul.
May You purify me and make me whole.
Strolling in Your direction. You run in my mine.

I am Your servant.
I pray and
I pray and
I pray that I find
I found,
I know no Rahma like Ar-Rahman. No mercy like Islam.

Over and over and over again,
In the absence of light, where not even the darkness can see, Allah found me.
Mercy over and over and over again.
Not even a fraction of such and it knows no end.
So when you find that you are dark and lonely, remember, Allah is the best of friends.


Author’s Note: This poem was born out of hardship and the ease that follows. It is a reminder to myself that Allah never abandons, that life is a journey and purpose is powerful. This is a reflective poem about the power of the spiritual light and dark; and how each serves its own purpose and can be a means of bringing one closer to Allah. It’s a reminder that as the heart hardens it also softens. That as life darkens it also lightens and the journey through it all is just as important as the destination.

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3 Responses to "Light & Darkness"

  1. Isa Abubakar sadiq says:

    Nice one! Its like this the family Have been looking for All My Life…. How do i get to post my Shy Lines….

  2. Sister_Friend says:

    SubhanaAllah, I recited this aloud, as i probably shouldnt have..
    It made me emotional, even more o hearing it echoed back to me..
    SubhanAllah
    >”There is no sin too great for repentance. Sign Taubah as your name.

    Ponder. Light and Dark.
    I remember the mercy of Allah. The light He laid upon my path.
    An undeserving servant. Unveiling upon myself the hardships of abandoning my task.”
    How reflective and humbling to acknowledge the hardship that may follow the servant Allah loves, in order to encourage him/her to return back to Him, return to your task…remember your mission… sign taubah as your name

    For the pleasure of Allah, I love you. This moved me and I sincerely thank you for being so generous with yourself.. as to share this you, with us <3

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