Ya Shaheed

I wrote the below words in dedication to my father (may God have mercy on his soul).  He passed away on August 11, 2019 due to cancer.

سبب نزول الآية ولا تحسبن الذين قتلوا

Ya Shaheed

Inna lillahi wa ina ilayhi la raji-oun.
To Allah (God) we belong and to him do we return.

O’ you who returned
your face glowed like the moon
as I kissed your forehead goodbye
I couldn’t speak, only weep

None I know suffered like you
nor loved his family like you
nor bore patience like you
nor forgave those who harmed him like you

May God guide me
to inherit your patience
and kindness

If I wasn’t stricken with grief
I would have also asked
you to pass on my greetings
to the deceased:
to my grandmothers
my grandfather
my aunt Maysara
my uncle Muwafa
to deceased friends
to the martyrs
and on my behalf
to kiss the hands of prophets

I would have also asked
that you never forget me and
one day be the first to greet me

for all your suffering
and great deeds
may you remain alive in your grave
cured, eternal
and embraced
and may God reward you as a martyr

May God have mercy on your soul, ya shaheed


Translation of “ya shaheed”: O’ martyr

الله يرحمك يا بابا و ينور قبرك و يجعل منزلتك منزل الشهداء و الصالحين
May Allah have mercy on your soul, Baba, and lighten your grave and have your status be that of the martyrs and the righteous.

There are five kinds of martyrs: One who dies of plague; one who dies of a disease of the stomach or intestines; one who drowns; one who is crushed in a collapsing building; and one who is martyred in the way of Allah.” – Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)

Prophet Muhammad: “Whoever has three daughters whom he gives refuge to, provides for and shows mercy to, paradise is certainly guaranteed for him.
A man asked, “And (for) two, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied: “And also (for the one who has) two (daughters).”

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