Poem: In the Mud

Pigeon and eagle

In the Mud

Is there a tragedy greater
than a bird without wings?

Yes. It is a winged bird
that is afraid to fly.
If it would only stretch its wings
it could spring into the air
like a wind. But it imagines
that it will fall
so in the mud it crawls
looking to the sky
like an afterlife.

Wael Abdelgawad
November 11, 2010

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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. María M says:

    This poem, brings to my mind the huge responsibility we have related to our children, …

    We have to give them the tools they need while they are little to be their best when they grow up, watching their habilities, listening to their dreams, disolving their fears, strenghthening their faith, building up their hope,….. when we teach our children their strength, they help the others to see their own strength, keeping them far from mud.

    Sometimes is so hard for us to see what we are able todo until someone tell us, have you noticed you have this quality, but even in the mud, we can find someone ready to help us to get out of there and point to the important question, our relationship to Allah(swt), it is only when we turn towards Him for help that we can get out of the mud.

    But even in the mud, crawling looking to the sky, I will look for His Hand.

    • wael says:

      Sometimes with children it seems they think they can do anything, until we tell them what they cannot do.

      So rather than teach them their strength, I think our job is to confirm it and encourage it. And, as you say, to point them to Allah.


      • María M says:

        I agree on that, they are ready for everything that cross their minds,… but what I refer when talking about strength was their talents, their inner power, their connection to Allah, …that will be the only strength that will get them out of the mud. And as you say the word here is to confirm and to encourage, and instead of teaching maybe showing or guiding,…you know something, my experience tells me that the best way is being a good example for them, and for that I ask Allah for help.

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