Poem: I Choose to Follow Him

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The following poem is written by sister María M, a very recent convert to Islam. She lives in Spain.

I Choose to Follow Him

I choose to follow Him,
despite others opinion,
despite others judgment,
despite others whispering,
despite others look,..

I choose to follow Him,
surrendering to His Love,
claiming for His Forgiveness,
asking for His Compasion,
enjoying His Grace,…

I choose to follow Him,
falling to my knees,
puting my eyes down,
living His Word as
the air I breath,
being His Blessings
the blood in my veins,…

I choose to follow Him,
thanking for every step I take,
greeting everyone I meet,
conscious of my ignorance,
trying to be my best,…

I choose to follow Him
knowing that…
It was His choice not mine
that I choose to follow Him.

– María M, January 2 2011

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, 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 AbolishTorture.com. 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. Azaan says:

    Congratulating to Sis Maria , last two line are superb!
    Jazak’Allaahu Khayran!

  2. Azaan says:

    Here in my community members giving salaam and congrtz to Sis Maria!


    • María M says:

      As salamu alaykum Azaan,

      I saw your page but I don´t know how to make a comment, I will try again later. I want to tell you how much I appreciate your thoughts, and that you have shared my poem in your community.

      Thanks to you and to all your community for your welcome.

      I have received Love and Support from Heart to Heart from all of you.

      Jazak’Allaahu Khayran

  3. Shireen says:

    MashaAllah.. makes me wanna choke back tears sister!!… Ghuraba ya habibti…….. Glad tidings to the strangers, may we be among the strangers!! Ameen

    • wael says:

      Lovely comment sister, and Maria may not know what you are referring to, so let me explain. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Islam began as something strange, and it shall return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers.” (narrated by Muslim)

    • María M says:

      Thank you for your appreciation, Shireen.

      Thank you for your explanation, Wael.


  4. Shireen says:


    A beautiful nasheed!! Touching on the very same thing

    • María M says:

      As salamu alaykum, Shireen,

      Thank you for sharing, with the nasheed and Wael explanation, I understand much better your words. Certainly, you have brought tears to my eyes with your kind Heart.

      Jazak Allahu Khayran.


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