Sunday, July 22, 2012

You don't have....

I was hungry
and you gave me food.

I was thirsty
and you gave me drink.

I was a stranger
and you welcomed me.

(Injeel* Matthew 25:35)
*Injeel is the New Testament Gospels of the Christian Bible.
Muslims are taught to make no distinction
between any of the Beloved's Revealed Books.

You don't have
(the first three words
of this poem
are the meaning
of Ramadan Kareem).
It means Ramadan
is generous,
it means Ramadan heals.
It means Ramadan feeds.
It means Ramadan clothes.

You don't have
to be Muslim
to have a blissful Ramadan.
There is room for everyone
at the table where we fast,
that place in the hearts,
where the prayer is:
"May my hunger
empty my wallet
into your hands."

You don't have
to be Muslim
to call out to your Beloved,
"What can I do?
What can I do?"

You don't have
to be Muslim
to make sure
everyone has food.
May all creation
know the meaning
of Ramadan Karim.

by K. Nur

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