Can’t is Dead

A country road and a bright sky

Can’t is Dead

Can’t is dead as old wood –
It was killed by could.

Can’t has tucked tail and fled –
scared off by a positive thought to the head.

Can’t departed in the ink of night
along with should have, would have, and might.

Can’t went to bed with a sleeping pill.
I’ll be happy instead with can and will.

– Wael Abdelgawad, 2010

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , , , Read 266 articles by
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  1. María M says:

    As salamu alaykum,

    For sure, if we stop ourselves from doing what we are called to do, we will dry as a flower with no water.

    If we alloud ourselves, if we give ourselves the opportunity of believing that we can, then we will flourish as a beautiful flower, we have so many treasures hidden by fears, getting rid of fears, we will alloud ourselves to shine, to be our best, to be there for the one that needs it, maybe in our own home, maybe ourselves, maybe others, maybe in the other side of the world….only Allah knows, only Him free us from fears, only Him has the power to guide us where we belong, only Him has the key that open all the doors,…

    Waking up to our gifts, it is a gift itself, alhamdullillah.

  2. Shireen says:

    I once watched an interview with Will Smith and he said he made it to where he is by putting in his mind the proverb “Those that say they can then they can, those that say they can’t then they can’t”. I try and instill this mentality in my childrens head,along with “mind over matter”. Barriers are only placed by the mind, after the Will of Allah swt!

    (excuse all my posting, I’m trapped with my sick daughter sleeping on my lap,I’m afraid to move! :))

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