Tuesday, 31 March 2015

POEM: Sonnet "Among The Unique And Guided Few"

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Even if around you lie many wrongs,
Even if you're the only one who's right,
Even if most choose to applaud their flaws,
Be among the few who guide to God's Light.

Don't walk away from God's Path just because
You see not many people treading it.
Submit to Allah, understand His Laws,
We were created to worship just Him.

For the sake of Allah, enjoin what's right,
Share your wisdom out of mercy for all.
In Majority's steps don't take delight.
Move forward, trust God and obey His Call.

Trust God and don't let satan mislead you,
  Be among the unique and guided few.

May Allah the Most Merciful forgive all our sins
and make us among His friends whom He will welcome
in Firdaus/Heaven near Him and His noble Messenger
Muhammad sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam. Ameen.
Mariam Mababaya

POEM: What Does It Mean To Be Filipino And Muslim? (Acrostic Poem)

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

If one were to ask, 'What does it mean
To be a Filipino Muslim?'
I'd say, 'Avoid nationalism',
But if one must answer such question,
You may share this acrostic poem:

Friendly in general, fabulously fun,
Interested in faith and setting things right,
Love God and justice, loathe those who are unkind,
Intending good, worshiping God day and night,
Properly well-mannered, observant and wise,
Impeccably willing to improve and guide,
Neat, knowing how to arrange and organize,
Original and inventive, with God's Light.

Merciful, just and cheerful for Allah's sake,
United with Muslims from every country,
Share what you can share, do good deeds aplenty,
Look forward to meeting God the Almighty,
Invite to Islam, worship God sincerely,
May Allah welcome us in Heaven by His Mercy.


Wasalaam :)
Mariam Mababaya

Wisdom Islamic School || Philippines

Saturday, 28 March 2015

PICTURES: Sharing Ideas For Islamic Awards/Certificates

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

[Printed by a brother in Islam, may Allah reward him. Ameen.]
Sample Award Certificates
For Students Of My Art Class

Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

POEM: Sonnet "To Be Muslim Is To Learn From One's Mistakes"

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

As a teen, I believe I used to keep
More than ten journals on which I would write
News that made me rejoice, laugh, think or weep.
They were friends I could talk to day and night.

Then I got rid of them before we moved -
Turning twenty was a profound journey,
Which despised dramas and unwanted moods -
'Tis from Allah's Mercy He guided me.

No need to keep a diary because
All that you do are being recorded
By Allah's Angels, Allah knows your flaws,
And you sin when you rant on folks you dread.

To be Muslim is to learn from mistakes,
To love God and know that there's Judgment Day.

~Wasalaam :)
Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

Monday, 23 March 2015

ISLAMIC NOTES: Thirteen Good Deeds To Do At Work Or School As Muslims

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
13 Good Deeds You Can Do
At Work/School
As Muslims

1)                   Remember Allah every day and night through frequent du'as/supplications and adhkaarAllah such as “SubhanAllah wa Bihamdih”, “Laa ilaaha ilAllah wahdahu la shareeka Lah Lahul Mulk wa Lahul Hamd wa Huwa ‘ala kully shai-in Qadeer” and “AstaghfurAllah” at least 100 times everyday.
Allah, the Most Merciful said, "Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and mediate on the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying) 'Our Lord! You have not created (all) this in vain! Glory be to you! Save us then from the torment of Hell'." (Qur’an Surat An-Nisa Verse:191)

2)                   Read, recite or memorize from the Noble Qur’an.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Judgment as an intercessor for its companions.” (Sahih Muslim)

3)                   While maintaining a cheerful disposition, say ‘Salaam alaikum’ to as many Muslims as you can greet, and always respond to the salaams of every Muslim you meet.
Whoever says “Assalaamu Alaikum” (May peace be upon you) ten rewards are written down for him. Whoever says “Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah” (May peace and Allah’s mercy be upon you) for him twenty rewards are written down and he who says “Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh” (May peace and Allah’s mercy as well as Allah’s blessings be upon you) thirty rewards are written down for him.

4)                   When a Muslim sneezes and says “Alhamdulillah” (All Praise is for Allah) respond with “YarhamukAllah” (May Allah have Mercy on you). The one who sneezed in return says "YahdeekumAllah wa Yusleh baalakum" (May Allah guide you and set aright your affairs) Insha-Allah you earn a reward for doing that.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim.” It was said to him: Allah's Messenger, what are they? Thereupon he (SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “When you meet him, offer him greetings; when he invites you to a feast accept it, when he seeks your advice/council give him, and when he sneezes and says: ‘Alhamdulillah’/"All praise are for Allah," you say YarhamukAllah (may Allah show mercy to you)…” (Sahih Muslim)

5)                   Whenever you can, pick up and remove anything harmful from the pathway.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “…Every step you take toward the prayer is a sadaqa/charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a sadaqa/charitable act.” (Sahih Muslim and Bukhari)

6)                   Seek Islamic knowledge and share it with others.
Read an Islamic book or Islamic article.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Whoever seeks a way to acquire (Islamic) knowledge, Allah will make his way to Paradise easy.” (Sahih Muslim)

7)                   Enjoin what is right / encourage good deeds (e.g. calling others to pray on time, reminding Muslims to eat and drink with their right, and encouraging Muslims to also pray the Sunnah prayers such as salaat ad-duhaa etc.) and forbid what is wrong / prohibit evil deeds from being committed (e.g. discouraging bullying/oppression).
Allah, the Most Merciful said, “The (true Muslim) Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.”
(Qur’an Surat At-Tawbah Verse:71)

8)                   Keep your environment and surroundings clean. Try your best to stay organized. Also know how to manage your time for Allah's sake.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Cleanliness is half of faith.” (Sahih Muslim)

9)                   Write an Islamic essay, article, booklet, speech or Islamic poem which you will share.
Allah the Most Merciful said, "Let there arise out of you (Muslims) a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma`ruf (i.e., Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful (on the Day of Judgment).'' (Qur’an Surat Al-‘Imraan Verse:104)

10)               Help a fellow Muslim in only ways that are good/right (e.g. tutoring a Muslim, helping a Muslim with his/her household chores, helping them carry their things etc.)
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “…If anyone fulfills his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfill his needs…” (Sahih Muslim and Bukhari)

11)               Look at Allah’s creation while contemplating about Allah the Almighty and His Signs.
Allah the Most Merciful said, "Thus does Allah make clear to you His Signs: in order that you may consider/reflect (and believe).'' (Qur’an Surat Al-Baqara Verse:219)

12)               Defend your Muslim brother or sister when they need to be defended such as when they are being badly spoken about, bullied, ridiculed, cheated or insulted in any way.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “…if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection…” (Sahih Muslim and Bukhari)

13)               Conduct gatherings or circles where Islamic knowledge is being shared and where there is dhikr/remembrance of Allah. Always stick to the Sunnah/tradition of the noble Messenger Muhammad sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam.
It was narrated that the Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, "No people sit remembering Allah, the Mighty and Exalted, without the angels surrounding them and mercy covering them and tranquility descending on them and Allah mentioning them to those who are with Him." (Sahih Muslim)

Always include all Muslims in your daily du'as/supplications. May Allah the Most Merciful accept all our good deeds,
forgive all our mistakes and
welcome us in Firdaus/Heaven by His Mercy.

Friday, 20 March 2015

POEM: Avoid Mistreating Anyone Muslim Or Not. What Goes Around Comes Around.

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

For every belonging that they stole from you,
For each product they charged at an unfair price,
For each time they laughed at you or did backbite,
For their tyranny or for being unkind,
For plots made against you and for every lie,
Sins you may have done in the past are theirs now,
If good deeds they have, their good deeds you acquire.
It may be destined that you pray against them,
So your du'as are answered at the best time.
Don't think that they can get away with their crimes,
Know that Allah is the All-Knowing, Most Just.
Whether Muslim or not, Allah always hears,
Religious or not, God knows His servants' cries,
When His slaves beseech Him and call upon Him,
Allah the Almighty knows when to respond.
He'll respond to you though it may take some time.
Allah hates wrongdoing and is the Most Wise.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

Islamic Q&A: Allah may also respond to the du'as of sinners/unbelievers
for as long as they are mistreated/oppressed. God Allah hates injustice and tyranny.
This is evidence that true Muslims should
stay away from wronging any of His creation whether Muslim or not.

Note: There is a difference between being a bully
and avoiding someone who is a bad influence.
A Muslim should love for Allah's sake and hate for Allah's sake.

What goes around comes around. Allah knows best.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

POEM: Free To Choose Whom To Befriend

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

To some, I may be seen as an 'extrovert' -
One who is sociable, may talk quite often
About random things, sharing what I can share,
Who enjoys chatting with a tight group of friends,

Can start conversations with friendly strangers,
Who'd rather teach a class of fifty than nine,
And be adventurous -yet there are times when
Wise solitude and seclusion I don't mind.

Each moment I spend with our True Friend Allah
Through adhkaar and du'as is appreciated.
I choose to be with God Allah than with a
Flock of fakes and fools who'll have my time wasted,

Who deplorably bark tales about others,
And spread gossip about people they envy,
Who may barge into silly quarrels with you
Only to flaunt their flaws and idiocy.

In general I'm friendly, and free to choose
Who my friends are and whom my hours are spent on.
With Allah always watching each one of us,
Not one of His servants is ever alone.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

A few articles you may be interested in :)
Loving For Allah's Sake And Hating For Allah's Sake -Saaid.Net (Arabic)
The Qualities Of A Good Muslim Friend -IslamQA.com (Arabic)
Being Polite v.s. Being a "Fake Friend" -IslamQA.com (English)

Monday, 16 March 2015

POEM: Du'as May Change Destiny / What Goes Around Comes Around

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

The Du’a of a Muslim is a treasure,
Did you know that when a Muslim prays for you…
For nice things you’ve done to them, any favor,
What they pray for you will by God’s Will come true.

Acts of kindness you show to a Muslim friend,
When you help a Muslim, even guide his way,
And that Muslim prays for you right there and then,
Allah will listen to whatever they say -

“O’ Allah, he gave me this, so give him too.”
“She stood up for me. Allah, please bless her life.”
“They were great hosts. Allah, bless their wealth and food.”
“He helped a lot! Allah, grant him a good wife.”

Du’as of Muslims for you are blessings, yes -
So much so that du’as can change destiny.
Now when you do something bad to a Muslim,
Their du’as may affect you negatively -

Whether that Muslim is righteous or not so,
So long as you’ve oppressed them, du'as are heard.
As long as they’re Muslims who cry to Allah,
Allah will answer them; God is Just and Near.

If you steal from a Muslim, if you annoy,
If you do things which that Muslim does not like,
If their name and honor you spoil and destroy,
If them you mock, laugh at, lie to, and backbite…

And they turn to Allah, raise their hands and cry,
They supplicate to God, praying against you…
And they pray against you every day and night,
Beware… their bad wishes for you may come true -

Don’t laugh, for if you do, shaytan laughs at you.
The du’as against someone is big indeed…
For once one complains, Allah’s Justice is true.
Every act, good or bad, is just like a seed -

Plant a good seed, it will grow even better.
Plant a bad seed and it will affect your life -
Sins bring forth evil to their evildoers -
Sins you must shun, and to do good you should strive.

So whoever I’ve wronged may Allah forgive,
May Allah forgive me and forgive them too.
One whom Muslims pray against can’t truly live -
Pray for whom you’ve wronged, quit sins you used to do.

Du’as are heard –regardless of who you are,
When Muslims pray for you, ‘tis a blessing, yes.
When Muslims complain to God against you for
Wronging them –compensate, don’t fail Allah’s test.

The du’a… is a very powerful thing -
The du’as of Muslims can change destiny -
When they pray for you or even against you -
Du’as can bring forth trouble or harmony.

So be watchful of your deeds, never mistreat,
Don’t bully Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
For when any slave complains to God, the One -
Allah knows how to fix things at the right time.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

Sunday, 15 March 2015

POEM: Islam Defines You Not Your Country

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Brotherhood for Allah's sake :)

Some time ago I recall seeing a shawl,
A hijaab on it the flag of Palestine,
I would have loved to use if it were not
For that print that showed nationalistic pride.

When I pass by some comments on some websites,
Generalizing hatred on a country,
I think to myself that their claims are false, as
Many from U.S. are Muslims and friendly.

Having grown up in Saudi Arabia does
Not make me any more special than others.
Being white does not make one above the black.
From Adam and Eve, humans are like brothers -

Whether you're from Philippines or Pakistan,
Malaysia, England, Saudi, Egypt, Brazil -
Somalia, Morocco -whatever country,
We belong to One God, the Most Merciful.

So no looking down on people for their race,
For the languages they speak or for their tribe,
No irrational restrictions in marriage -
No overzealous nationalistic pride,

No injustice and fighting over a place -
If one wants peace and believes in God truly.
Islam is my faith, God's gift to all mankind.
Islam, not my country, is what defines me.

May Allah the Most Merciful forgive all our sins, accept all our good deeds and join us with Him and His noble Messenger Muhammad sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam in Firdaus/Heaven. Ameen.

~Mariam Mababaya
One of my Mom's Islamic books
"Da'wah According To The Qur'an And
The Prophet Muhammad's Sunnah" [SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam]

Wisdom Islamic School

Friday, 13 March 2015

POEM: Sonnet "Birds Of A Feather Flock Together"

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Imam Al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) reported in his Saheeh that ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “I heard the Prophet Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam saying: ‘Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with.’” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Allah knows best. If one were to ask you:
Why is it that we get along with some;
With them we feel good, and like what they do -
While others repulse you or seem humdrum?

If one likes you, you're on the same level,
You share qualities, your goals are the same,
You both support the truth and loathe evil,
Or with each other you agree always.

When one's rude, their hatred stems from envy,
When aloof -maybe shy or terrified;
Inferior to you themselves they might see,
With those groups try to be patient -stay nice.

Good people get on with the good like them,
While God's foes love those who indulge in sin.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

Thursday, 12 March 2015

POEM: Be Grateful To God For The Gift Of Islam

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

SubhanAllah, when someone gives you a gift,
You are touched and feel entitled to return -
To give back their kindness with much heartfelt thanks,
With another gift or advice you have learned.

There are many kinds of gifts you can give them:
A good gift they've always asked for and wanted,
A gift a bit similar to what they gave,
Or a present you hope they'll love and won't dread,

Gift of knowledge from which they can benefit,
Gift of hugs and many thanks out of mercy,
Gift of support and helping them reach their goals,
Gift of time -being there, so they're not lonely,

Gift of listening, a shoulder to cry on,
Gift of guidance -so you pull them towards right,
Gift of friendship, loving them for Allah's sake,
Including them in your du'as day and night.

So when receiving gifts, always say 'Thank you!'
"JazaakAllahu Khair" is even better.
Include them in your du'as, and when you can,
Return their favor -gift them some time later.

Now regarding the most prime relationship -
Your relation with our Creator Allah,
Do all your obligations for Allah's sake,
Shun sins and He'll reward you inshaAllah.

There are many gifts that God Allah gave you,
The greatest of them is the gift of Islam.
As a grateful servant of Allah, keep it
And share it with all, as often as you can.

Enjoin right, forbid wrong whenever you can,
Love what Allah loves, and hate all that He hates,
More Sunnahs, all acts just for Allah's sake, and
By God's Will you can meet Him by Heaven's Gates.

May Allah the Most Merciful accept us
As His friends, and guide us to Firdaus/Heaven.
Ameen. My gift to all: Learn Islam, love it,
Share it, and with Allah's Gifts feel enlivened.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

My Mom's book (May Allah have mercy on her always and grant her Firdaus/Heaven) Ameen~
"Da'wah According to the Qur'an
and the Prophet Muhammad's Sunnah"

At Dar-us-salam Islamic Bookstores Website

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

POEM: The Seven Groups Of Muslims Under Allah's Shade On The Day Of Judgment (Allah Knows Best)

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

The Seven Groups Under Allah's Shade
On The Day Of Judgment

It was narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said,
On the Day of Judgment, that Day all await,
There are seven groups who’ll receive Allah’s Shade,
That Day when God questions each one of His slaves.
May Allah make us prosper on that Great Day.

First, are those Muslims who get the chance to lead -
Whether parents with kids to care for and feed,
Or rulers who strive to meet their people’s needs -
Or teachers and bosses –they’re fair, without greed,
They’re never unjust, for they know Allah sees.

Second, are those Muslims who were brought up well.
Truth they love. Lies and gossip they never tell.
They’re busy doing good deeds –never idle,
At night, they’re known for praying Qiyaam Al-Layl,
They grew up avoiding sins that lead to Hell.

Third, are those Muslim men who love the masjid,
It’s like their second home where they’re near Allah,
There they pray their five salahs and more Sunnahs,
Recite from the Qur’an and say their du’as,
Their faces shine brightly with every sajdah.

Fourth, are Muslims who always greet with salaam,
Muslim friends who love each other for Allah,
Who advise and strengthen each other’s Imaan,
And include one another in their du’as,
Praying that they’ll meet again inshaAllah in jannah.

Fifth, are special Muslims who, in this dark age,
Remember Allah always and remain chaste,
Loyal to their spouses, know when to lower their gaze,
These Muslims never flirt –evil deeds they hate.
For Allah, they watch what they do, see and say.

Sixth, are Muslims whom Allah has given wealth,
Which they spend on things that make them close to Him -
On building mosques, Islamic schools, seeking ‘Ilm -
These Muslims you can always find them smiling,
Even a sincere smile –rewards it can bring.

Seventh, are Muslims whose love for God is strong,
That a thought of Allah can make them shed tears,
They long to meet Allah whom they love and only fear,
In their du’as, their tears wash away their wrongs,
Hoping that Heaven is where they will belong.

May Allah the Most Merciful make us among His friends,
Whom He will grant His special Shade on Judgment Day,
And whom He will welcome in Firdaus/Heaven near Him.

Written by Mariam Omar Mababaya

Wisdom Islamic School

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

POEM: Sonnet "Evidence Of Obvious Jealousy"

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

"So they're jealous." Some signs of jealousy:
That man, he envies when he belies Truth.
That kid is jealous when she's unfriendly.
Their jealousy only their lies can sooth.

That lady -she's jealous, when she is mean.
All they they do is resort to bullying.
When the jealous envy like silly teens,
They assume the truthful are just lying.

Yes, their envy is proven through their acts -
When they lie, steal, or bark insults at you,
When they negate your truths and awesome facts,
And try to bring you down so one is two.

To deal with them: Thank God they let you know -
You are better than them and they've been owned.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Allah knows best. If you're sure of yourself, stay cool, be friendly, smile and lift others up.
When some are jealous, all they do is bully and try to bring others down
so those they envy yet secretly admire reach their level of absurdity and ignorance.

Monday, 9 March 2015

POEM: Many Lessons Learned As A Student

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Bismillah... With Allah's Name I start this piece -
About the type of students I've been at school -
Not to humbly brag nor to entice envy...
Just for Allah's sake sharing notes from my youth,
To thank God for His gifts, and lessons for you:

At nursery, one of my brothers and I
Were sent to a small school, like one's residence.
There we had many parties, played games, made crafts -
First time at school, as a kid, may have been tense -
Though we learned to enjoy learning as time passed.

For kindergarten, my brother and I then
Studied at Al-Yamama National School -
With God's Will I learned to read Arabic there -
Learned how Arabs come in various looks and hair...
All the facilities there I thought were cool.

Although there I had fun playing with the kids,
Playing group games and in the yard running games,
There were a few times when a few kids bullied,
They'd mock my nationality and my name,
With God's Grace God helped me choose to stay okay.

Some lessons learned from studying at that school:
Though there may be bullies, good people exist.
To learn a language, be around its speakers.
When some kids ridicule, it's because they're kids,
They're badly brought up or they don't know some rules.

After fifth grade, when this girl would still bully -
Quite often stealing from my pocket money,
My loving parents after all their complaints,
Transferred me to a Saudi government school -
Classrooms were huge and students oh so many.

Alhamdulillah there were no bullies there,
Though still there was one girl who'd oft pick on me,
Not for my looks nor my nationality,
But for a joke which she took so seriously.
From then on I tried to shun all irony.

At the public schools I'd say I did quite well,
With Allah's Mercy I was an achiever -
Studied hard, was one of the top ten in class,
Often speaking on stage with a loud speaker,
And for some was a bit of a trendsetter:

Some lessons learned at that Saudi public school:
When some people like you, they'll try to follow -
True friends don't mind wearing the same clothes or style.
To do well at school, listen and be thorough.
Do your work, don't put it off for tomorrow.

At that school, I may have been a top student,
But should there be one subject I hate it's Math.
As Math was getting tougher in Arabic,
Escapades at Arab schools didn't long last.
So I moved to another, where things changed fast.

To Manarat Ar-Riyadh Schools I was moved,
The school from which my brothers graduated.
Because of the big change in environment,
Had low self-esteem, was by a clique hated -
I took a one-year-break when I felt dislocated.

During that pause, I went to Daar Adh-Dhikr,
An institute for Muslim sisters like me,
Where I got so much knowledge about Islam,
The Glorious Qur'an how to properly read,
And information I knew not beforehand.

Classes there took place twice or three times a week.
There I learned to mingle with older people.
During that year my loving parents tried to
Have me at Cambridge Academy home schooled,
Yet stopped so soon when Math for me was trouble.

After my experience at Daar Adh-Dhikr,
My parents decided I go to real school -
Middle East International School was next,
Where strangely as a newbie friendship came quick,
Was best friends with a girl who loved acting 'cool'.

Due to influence I was made a bully,
Not to others -for to them I was a friend.
Quite snobbish was I and mean to this one girl,
Since hearing from her an unwanted comment.
Lesson: 'Tis wiser at times to stay silent.

At M.E.I.S. so many things happened,
Phases we went through that should not be discussed.
To share lessons from that I feel is a must:
The teen years are delicate. So parents, please take care.
To all, choose your friends wisely or yourself you might cuss.

Don't make fun of how someone was created.
Don't even laugh at how a person may smell.
What goes around comes around. Allah's Justice is True.
Tales and gossip, lies and rumors, never tell -
E'en as a joke, don't lie -or else bid friendship farewell.

True friendship has no barrier and secrets;
Secrets shared with some friends may be news to spread.
Barriers restrict -restrictions bring silence.
Silence in friendship makes a friend's needs unmet.
When that happens, lies and lack of trust are wed.

After those moments of immature drama,
My beloved parents transferred me once more -
To another school where the first year went well -
Playing soccer, volleyball, earning high scores,
Exchanging stuff with friends, playing games when bored -

Until the following grade at the same school
Did some things begin to change because of a mistake -
Mistake of being a self-centered braggart,
Whose endless boasting may cause others to hate.
Some girls turned distant since telling them I was engaged.

I was engaged then to the man I'm wed to today.
Alhamdulillah, although I've done many mistakes,
I say, a wise person learns from his errors,
Takes notice of the faults that some people make,
Shares his lessons with others so all can do better.

A recap of what I've learned as a student:
Bullies may have been bullied in the past -understand.
To help them, help them smile, offer sound advice.
Stay nice for Allah's sake, not by popular demand.
Proofs that your parents care? When they guide and reprimand.

For friendship to develop, no secrets should be kept.
If you love some, let them know, before you greet regret.
Show that you love them through caring, sharing and advice.
'Till you meet Allah, seek His Forgiveness day and night.
Be so close to Allah; with Him don't be shy to cry.

You and I are lessons; from each other we can learn.
This life's a test -pass it with good deeds and right belief.
May Allah the Most Forgiving forgive all our sins,
And make Firdaus/Uppermost Heaven where we will meet.
May Allah make us among His friends. Ameen. Ameen.

Life is learning one step at a time, to find the ways to God the Most Sublime. Allah knows best.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Wisdom Islamic School

Sunday, 8 March 2015

.:. Another Poem "Now Thinking Of My Husband" (Written In About 11 Minutes)

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Noma, the man whom God gave me as my
Only spouse, I believe -I love him so.
Realize my friends* were right 'he's lucky';
Married to him for Allah's sake -God knows
All that goes around us and in our thoughts
Rest loyalty, faith and understanding.
I'm his wife; and for God's sake I love him.

May God's Wrath be on fools who pull him far
Away from me; know that he's always near.
Recalling the sweet times we had and shared,
I'll stay loyal to my spouse even though
None may see; surely, Allah always sees.
Off with the jealous' lies and spies' nonsense.
My husband is the only man for me.
(MashaAllah) Normari and Marinom =our names combined :)

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
*Old friends from one of the schools I went to in Saudi Arabia :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

POEM: Tips On How To Avoid Jealousy

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

In this poem of twenty lines I share
Some quick tips on how not to get jealous -
Of satan's evil trait 'envy' beware,
To follow his ways is indeed heinous.

When Allah gives good things to some people,
Such 'good things' may not be blessings for some -
They may be sent by God as a trial,
As a test to see if they will thank Him.

If those gifts are rewards from God indeed,
Then know that God can give to whom He wills,
Perhaps such good things they deserve or need,
Or they prayed hard for them -du'as fulfilled.

Or such blessings God knows can be of use,
Like art or speech to call men to God's Way,
Wealth for charity or masjids and schools -
The best of all gifts: Islam, the true faith.

As for unbelievers, don't envy them -
Materialistic things can't be compared
To the gifts Allah promised for Muslims:
Entry to Heaven -a goal we all share.
~May Allah the Most Merciful make us among His righteous friends whom He will love to welcome in Firdaus/Heaven near Him and His beloved Messenger Muhammad sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam. Ameen.

~Mariam Mababaya

Friday, 6 March 2015

POEM: The Qualities Of Good Da'ees/Da'eeyahs (Inviters To Islam)

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

The first quality of a good da'ee -
Is Ikhlaas: Sincere acts for Allah's sake;
Call others to Islam and teach Muslims
Out of mercy, for God's sake, not for fame.

Gratefulness to Allah is to thank Him
For guiding us to the true faith Islam,
For the blessings that He gave which we know
And good things we may not yet understand.

Devotion to Allah is to love Him
And pray to Him as He should be worshiped,
Love Allah as He loves His true servants
Who with Allah's Love stay true and guided.

A proof of one's love for Allah is to
Constantly remember Him and His Names,
Day and night say the adhkaar and du'as -
Frequent Dhikr is a sign of one's faith.

Fear of Allah is to respect His rules,
And shun whatever leads to His anger,
Hope of Allah is to wish for His Love -
That Heaven is one's abode forever.

To Trust Allah is to believe in Him,
That all His Mighty Names are indeed True,
For as long as you know that there is God,
You know that what God does is best for you.

Show mercy and kindness as good da'ees,
For whatever goes around comes around.
To earn Allah's Mercy and Guidance, be
Merciful and just to those you surround.

Love those whom Allah loves -those who love Him.
Unite with true Muslims for Allah's sake.
Good da'ees love whatever Allah loves,
Despise satan, and loathe what Allah hates.

Allah is the True God, Islam is Truth,
Allah especially loves the truthful,
So when doing Da'wah, speak only truth,
Of what you say, share and do, be careful.

Shun all lies and doing any bid'ah,
As bid'ah is false; falsehood leads to Hell.
Likewise avoid suspicion and envy -
What others go through only God can tell.

Do Da'wah with wisdom, be organized,
Stay neat for Allah loves those who are clean.
Good da'ees think with their minds not desires,
Know both how to lead and work in a team.

Good da'ees stay patient when doing good,
Steadfast in calling people to the truth,
They persevere in avoiding evil,
Even if God's believers may seem few.

While doing Da'wah with wisdom and love,
We never force Islam on any soul;
What matters is we share Allah's Message,
Stay Muslims, and as God's friends do our role.

~Written by Mariam Mababaya
Based on my mother's book (May Allah the Most Merciful always have Mercy on her. Ameen.)
"Da'wah According to the Qur'an and Prophet's Sunnah"

Da'wah means to call or invite people to Islam out of mercy,
to help them discover the truth and distinguish it from falsehood.
It is only an invitation; Muslims never force Islam on others,
they only share as sharing is caring and Allah bestows His Mercy on those who are merciful to others. Allah knows best.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

POEM: The Friends I Haven't Met Yet

In the Name of Allah,
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Oftentimes I've dreamt of friends I know not,
Yet in those dreams we spoke as though we're close.
We let each other know that by God's Will
 We'll meet in Heaven. Firdaus is our goal.

They're brothers and sisters around the globe,
 True Muslims -brothers with thick yet neat beards,
Sisters in black with the modest niqaab,
Wherever they are their duas are heard,

They enjoin right, forbid wrong when they can,
By good manners and wisdom they are known,
Injustice they hate, truthfulness they love,
Always with Allah, they never feel lone.

Special deeds they do which others do not:
Praying on time, many Sunnah prayers,
Lots of smiles, helping only in what's good,
Haters of fakes, they don't mix with liars.

Sincerity adds light to their faces,
Friendly and trustworthy describe them well,
They love to share when they have aplenty,
Bullies they try to stop, lies they don't tell,

Even if around some of them are those
Who sin, they choose not to follow the crowd,
These Muslim friends worldwide I haven't met
Yet stay loyal and of Islam are proud.

May Allah the Most Merciful unite
All of us with Him in Firdaus above.
May Allah greet us as He smiles at us
For the good deeds we shared out of His Love.

"Islam is to peacefully submit to Allah's Will and His Will is that we worship none but Him."

~Written by Mariam Mababaya

Sunday, 1 March 2015

POEM: My Teenage Years (MashaAllah / Tawbah / Return To Allah)

In the Name of Allah
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

Life is about making the right choices and finding the right way that leads to God Allah. Allah knows best. Wasalaam :)

Bismillahir Rahmaan Ar-Raheem.
AstaghfurAllah every day and night,
May Allah the Most Forgiving forgive me
And all the acts I did that weren't right.

As I look back at my teenage years, and
Go through some of the childish notes I wrote,
I realize the mistakes I did and
Ignorance which at that time I did not know.

Then I see myself with the knowledge that
God Allah -out of His Mercy- has bestowed -
I say Alhamdulillah each day and night,
For His Light which aforetime was not shown.

I was a teen back then -so immature,
At times sensitive, rebellious and unwise.
As the months went by, I learned to love Allah,
Sought knowledge of Islam while sins I despised.

I'm no longer who you think I used to be.
 I am Muslim; and Allah knows the true me.
God knows how much I've changed, the lessons I've learned,
And my intentions which none can really see.

Through the good deeds I do each day and night, and
Good messages I try to share with others,
Through the tears that flow when I think of Allah,
And du'as on behalf of Muslim brothers,

Through reciting from the Qur'an everyday,
And trying to memorize the whole Qur'an,
Through sharing whatever I can share with all -
Of kindness, advice and knowledge of Islam,

Through enjoining good deeds whenever I can,
And forbidding myself and others from sin,
(For Allah's sake) I pray all my sins are erased,
And Allah welcomes me as I run to Him.

Life is about making the right decisions -
I've chosen to stay on the Path to Allah.
As I'm grateful to God for what He taught me,
I share with you and all my love for Islam.

It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘The one who repents from a sin is like one who did not sin (in the first place).’” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

May Allah the Most Merciful accept all our good deeds and return to Him, and may Allah the Almighty make us among His friends whom He will love to welcome in Firdaus/Heaven. Ameen.

~Wasalaam :)
Written by Mariam Mababaya (<3 Nomayri -May Allah always guide him. Ameen.)