You never listen 

to what I have to say

You never listen

to words of mine that may

just be helpful advice 

for I feel

neither malice nor vice 

towards someone like you

who indeed I have 

opened my heart to 

And though your speech is bitter 

like black coffee 

I try to sweeten it 

so it tastes more like honey  

Won’t you look at me 

when I look at you

Please do not turn away 

from my gentle embrace 

Why is it you perceive not 

the love painted across   

my weathered face


The Day when there will be no shade but His

Narrated by Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Allah will give shade, to seven, on the Day when there will be no shade but His. (These seven persons are) a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (i.e. worships Allah sincerely from childhood), a man whose heart is attached to the mosques (i.e. to pray the compulsory prayers in the mosque in congregation), two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only, a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah, a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity), and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 660

Fasting is a shield

Narrated by Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Allah said, ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it.’ Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hands my soul is’ The unpleasant smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 1904

Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi

Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 6405

Narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “There are two expressions which are very easy for the tongue to say, but they are very heavy in the balance and are very dear to The Beneficent (Allah), and they are, ‘Subhan Allah Al- `Azim and ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi.'”

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 6406

In Arabic:

سُبحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبحَانَ اللّهِ الْعَظِيمِ