• Ishrat Nabi

Mother's Sujood

at age 5, her mother taught her how to pray

side by side, she would mirror, incorporating an occasional sway

loud whispers escaped from under her breath

and her body moved with ease

this was the beginning of her spiritual journey


subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala


she was taught to repeat this three times

unsettled in sujood, she would look to her left and sigh

her mother hasn't lifted her head yet, but why?

she grew impatient and her mind could not comprehend

if it's only a few lines, why hasn't her sujood come to an end?

subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala


at age 12, she prayed her tarawih prayers as if it were a race

speeding through with unnecessary haste

while her mother was on her fourth rakat, she was proudly on her tenth

she hadn't realised then that speed was a weakness, not a strength

subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala

at age 15, her baby brother remarked

wow, you prayed maghrib really fast!

her head fell in shame and she could not respond

were her prayers sincere or was this some empty bond?

was her heart ever really there?

subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala

at age 18, she studied Qur'an and the Seerah

she loved to walk anywhere and everywhere

and on those walks she would listen to Quran and tafsir being recited in her ear

trying not to miss a prayer, even praying between shelves at the library

she fell to the ground peacefully, never in a hurry


subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala subhana rabial 'ala

at age 21, she understood

why her mother's forehead was pressed into the ground

for much longer than she as an adolescent ever could

her mother held a great deal of pain in her heart

and only through trust in the Almighty, could that pain depart

a powerful act of submission and peace, and there is no act greater

while her head is down and she whispers to her Lord

He hears her in the heavens and He opens up the doors

subhana rabial 'ala


subhana rabial 'ala


subhana rabial 'ala


with her head on the ground, her heart is at ease

she speaks to her Maker, and her worries are released

other than sujood, there is no greater peace


By Ishrat Nabi