I Will Not Take Heed A Poem by

Hey you evil nafs
I beg you to quit complaining
I don’t want to hear your silent earsplitting pleading

Do you think you’re strong enough to break me down
With all your selfish wants and needs
You wish and desire until your inner heart bleeds

You beautify every evil that you see
You’re going here, there, left, right
It’s like you’re brainless, you’re not that bright

You see, I can hear you. Yes, I do sometimes listen
I too want what you want but I suppress my desire
You see, I fear Allah. I fear the Hell fire

I fear a day equal to a thousand
A day where mothers will leave their unborn child
Where animals will be allies in the wild

I fear a day the ocean will turn to fire
A day where the sun will be brought down near
Where people will drown in their sweat and fear

I fear that if I follow you I will be lost
Lost from Al-Kauthar where my beloved stands
Where he will provide people with a drink from his hands

I fear that you will drag me to hell fire’s pit
To a place where and abode there is everlasting
Where the drink is hot and forever boiling

So hey you selfish nafs
Please, I ask you to keep silent.
And let me follow that which my Lord has sent

And if you won’t
Then go ahead and plead
But I, I will not take heed


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  • http://www.muslimyouthmusings.com/ Arif Kabir

    This was really nice, Mashā’Allāh. I like how it shows fears of the future as well as an acceptance that the Nafs sometimes gets to you.

  • Shiney

    very nice reminder masha’allah! i had not thought about the nafs in a pretty loooong time. everyday life makes you sometimes forget what distracts you and while focusing on other things, i had forgotten that the nafs still exists because of knowing how evil shaitan is. JZK for the great reminder but lol i still blame shaitan more.

  • Amnaabduljaleel

    I fear that if I follow you I will be lost
    Lost from Al-Kauthar where my beloved stands
    Where he will provide people with a drink from his hands

    SubhanAllah!

  • RZ

    That WAS really nice, mashaAllah! Conflict: person vs. self. [sorry for bringing schoolwork into it..]

  • Guest

    some of us don’t even realize that there’s that pesky nafs after us. realization is the first step to protecting. May Allah SWT help us all to succeed in getting control over our nafs, ameen.

  • IdeasInspireIdeas

    MashAllah. It is very true, we are litterally fighting with ourselves (our nafs).

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