4 December 2010

Sunni or Shia?

- oh no, not again!

Written late November 2010 - (76 lines)


"Are you Sunni or Shia?" asked someone
Oh no, not again! I thought
This time I felt something had to be done
For so far I have sought -

To defuse or evade that question somehow
But things are different today
And feeling brave, let me answer it now
To get it out of the way

Though neither a scholar nor a fool
I still have a point of view
And am not yet prevented by any rule
From sharing it with you:

We disobey our Prophet when
His Ummah still neglects
His call for cohesion and we then
Divide ourselves into sects

We are misguided and misled
When we still argue and fight
Amongst ourselves when instead
We should and must

Some have pointed far too long
To an "enemy" within
But closing ranks and staying strong
Is the only way to win

Some Sunnis argue forcefully
That Shias are a disgrace
For they behave heretically
So simply have no place -

In the great and green Islamic fold
Where the light of purity shines -
Have we not all read or been told
Something along those lines?

Are Shias not good Muslims then?
Do Sunnis really claim
That many of our women and men
Are Muslims only in name?

In disbelief we must report
That some most certainly do
How sad, but as a last resort
We hope that they are few

But they insist the difference
Is anything but small
And say that Shias are in essence
Not really Muslims at all

I have to tell you, I disagree
It simply is not fair
For all who in sincerity
Solemnly declare:

And go on to say
Give zakat, fast and pray -

Are Muslims beyond any doubt
And as good as you and me
So stop the back-biting, cut it out

Now, as for that opening question and
What kind of Muslim I am:
Sunni or Shia? Please understand
That I embraced Islam -

And not one group or another, so
I shun that whole debate
But it does exist and goes to show
What problems we can create...

Am I Sunni or Shia? My lips are sealed!
Are you sure you wish to know?
All right, let it finally be revealed
Listen, here we go:

Brothers and Sisters, honest to God
It makes no difference to me
So answer without any need for a prod:
I am a Muslim! - you see?

I hope that will be acceptable
To all except maybe a few
And now it is my turn to ask, so tell
Me please:
what are YOU?


Copyright © 2010 - IBRAHEEM (O.E.H.Johansen) - All Rights Reserved


Ruqayya Nabeela Aldridge said...

Bravo, brother Ibraheem. My sentiments exactly, written in your unique way.

Ruqayya N. Aldridge

Anonymous said...

see that please

Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaykum

Love your poems ibraheem, 
But this one really sucks.
You go too far to make a point,
About those extreme f***s. 

You see, my friend, all jokes aside,
They really are quite bad.
Have you not read the history books,
Of their corruption on the land?

They will never be happy with us,
Until we pray like them,
I don't mean just the fiqh side,
It is their beliefs too, then. 

Unity has a blueprint,
For all of us to see.
And the foundation is aqeedah
That is our unity. 

Because the sunnah is complete,
We don't need hesitation,
All of their beliefs and that,
Are a lie and innovation. 

No doubt among them are some people,
Who do not really care,
Let's count them as brothers, ignorant,
I think that is quite fair. 

But, i do say, beware my friend,
Of taking news from them.
They will lie to you, call it taqiyyah,
and stab you in the end. 

If you really love Islam,
So perfect, pure and clean,
Then fight those who oppose the sunnah,
Until there is one deen. 

Otherwise, you will find no rest,
Of which this issue brings,
Islam has sects, let's not ignore,
Until the trumpet rings. 

So you will have to pick a side,
On which you clearly stand.
Follow the Quran and sunnah mate,
And your answer will be at hand. 

"there is a group" the prophet said,
Peace and blessings on him,
"they will fight till judgement day,
Steadfast on truth, thick or thin. "

So join that group, is my advice,
And do not compromise,
For the sake of "unity",
Which is doomed to vaporize. 

Jazakum Allah khair 

Ishmael said...

Assalamu alaykum brother, Today I was missing you a lot. I wanted to share a post with you but you are gone from facebook. I remember you telling me of leaving the modern world. I miss you brother and your analysis of Zionism. I read about a Danish poet Yahya Hassan with a Muslim background. I want to tell him about poets like you. He talks about reformation of ummah. He does not understand that western reformation led to secularization. While Sola Scriptura Salafi reformation is far more honest and anti-secular than that. I am working for Shia Sunni unity based on Quran against secularization so I loved your poem. May Allah unite us in Jannah.

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