Taraweeh in the Basement: A Haiku

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// August 27th, 2010 // Blog

Above and around,
thuds resound, as knees meet ground.
“Allahu Akbar”.

4 Responses to “Taraweeh in the Basement: A Haiku”

  1. Abez says:

    I **love** this! I’ve never read an Islamic haiku that actually has poetic value before! (Not that I’ve read many Islamic Haikus…) But this is definitely two thumbs up. MashaAllah. :)

  2. iMuslim says:


    I’m not sure haikus are meant to rhyme (if that’s what you meant by poetic value?). It took me far too long to fit the rhyminess into the haiku 5-7-5 structure! Perhaps it would’ve been more efficient to have posted a regular poem. ;)

  3. sehyr says:

    assalaamu alaikum,

    i know this is really random, but i had an important question from one sister to another. a while back, you posted a story on another site about the power of dua, and about a person who’s rent was paid, and his intense belief and faith.

    and then i followed your post to another post on marriage (sorry, i promise i’m not stalking.. i was trying to figure out where you went, so i could ask my question)

    at last i’ve found you here, and now i have my question to ask you. in your original post on the power of dua, you said you knew many stories, and i wanted to hear them. you said “ask me another time about the power that one him her hand” in your brother-rent story.. and i’m sure you didn’t mean that literally, but i am asking you and i want to know.

    i have a lot of questions about dua that i’ve had for a long time, that it seems like i’ve almost asked the whole world about but i could never get a satisfactory answer. when you want something badly, but you’re told to let go, does that mean that you don’t make dua for that thing anymore? some people say you just make a general dua, but that doesn’t make sense to me. others say you make dua with all your heart but you leave it to God and you don’t worry about it. but i can’t help but keep praying and waiting for the response, and praying passionately does not equate to letting go in my mind.

    anyways, i don’t know if any of this makes sense, but i want to know dua miracle stories. i know anything is possible and i’ve been praying for a long time, but i just don’t know when i should or how to stop making dua (if that makes any sense).

    well, sorry for the long post, but a response would be greatly appreciated.

    jazakAllah khair :)

  4. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    Eid Mubarak! :)

    I’m not sure which post you’re referring to. I can only think that perhaps it was an excerpt from another site that I may have copied & pasted to share with the readers? A link would be helpful, insha’Allah.

    In terms of your questions, I’m sorry to hear of your worries. I suggest reading a book on the etiquette of Dua written by Sh. Yasir Qadhi. It may help to answer your queries.

    I’m not sure what to advise without knowing the specifics, but one narration I find to be generally helpful is the manner in which Allah, Al-Wahhab – the One who gives generously without limit or taking account – accepts the Dua of His slaves. I’m going to quote from memory now as I’m writing this reply via my iPod after Fajr! :)

    Let’s pretend I prayed for £1000. Basically, there are four ways which the Prophet, sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam, explained that Allah may accept my Dua:

    1) Allah grants the person whatever they asked for. E.g., He grants me the £1000. Yey!

    2) Allah removes some harm from the person, equivalent to – or even greater than – what they asked for. E.g., Allah saves me from a car crash that would have caused £2000 worth of damage!

    3) Allah grants me something else instead, of equal or greater value. E.g., Perhaps he may grant me good health so I can work for that £1000, and lots more besides. Who can put a price on good health? :)

    4) Allah keeps the Dua with Himself until the Day of Judgement where He will recompense His slave so generously for it, that the person will wish on that Day that all his prayers from dunya had ended the same way – I.e., that he never got what he asked for, and instead received the reward of Akhirah. How amazing, subhanAllah!

    In summary, we ask Allah for many things, some more fervently than others. Allah, the Generous, loves to receive these duas, and no sincere Dua goes unanswered – however, He does not always respond in the way we expect, or even want Him to.

    The thing is, much of what we want may actually be harmful for us – even the “good”, like wealth, health, marriage to a certain person, etc. But our sight is so limited, we just don’t realise. Yet Allah, al-Hakim, the most Wise, does know, and He does not oppress His slaves. Therefore He has chosen to answer duas in the alternative ways described above out of Love and Mercy for us. Just like a parent who denies their child every luxury, as they know it’ll ‘spoil’ them!

    So, I would not stop asking for whatever you’re asking for, unless you know deep down that Allah has denied you it for a good reason. Otherwise if you’re confident this Dua is something that you really need, continue to ask Allah for it with all sincerity and devotion. However, also know that He may be answering it in ways you just don’t realize. If you’re not sure what you’re praying for is of benefit, why not ask Allah using salatul-istikharah? :)

    Other important points. Allah sometimes delays granting His slave something that He prays for, simply because He loves that His slave turns to Him so sincerely! Again, no good Dua goes unrewarded, because such an act is considered as worship by Allah.

    Also, I recommend the etiquette book because it explains some very good points about how we should call upon Allah, e.g., begin by praising Him, sending salawat upon His messenger, asking for forgiveness, and calling Him by His beautiful names. Also, the best times to make Dua, e.g., when one is fasting, last third of night, last hour of Jumuah, while travelling, etc.

    In fact, our sins can serve as a barrier between us and Allah. Frequent istighfaar removes that barrier. Sending salaam upon the Prophet is also beloved by Allah, and is in itself one of the best Dua you can make. May Allah send His peace and blessings upon the Prophet, his family & companions, ameen!

    SubhanAllah, I started off not really knowing what to write, and by Allah’s will have written an essay!

    I pray you find the above advice of benefit. It certainly serves as a reminder to me too. May Allah grant you the peace of mind you seek – ameen.



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