Praise Allah! Alhumdulillah!* For the fatigue in my limbs, The tightness in my throat, The parched landscape of my tongue. For it is with these gifts, Yielded through fasting, That I am reminded how I am fortunate, I am blessed, I am Muslim, I am His. Praise Allah! Alhumdulillah! For it is when I journey The road through Ramadan With its tiredness, its thirst, its trials, That I truly appreciate how He is Great, He is Merciful, He is Compassionate, He Alone is Worthy of Worship. So praise Allah! Alhumdulillah! Praise be to Allah.
The story behind the poem
There comes a point in Ramadan for many people when the fast, or the month as a whole, just gets to them and they feel like they’ve hit a wall. The Qur’an says that God has prescribed fasting for believers so that they can attain ‘taqwa’, which is God-consciousness, and it is often in these moments when Ramadan feels at its hardest that taqwa fully kicks in. The struggling faster asks themselves, ‘Why am I doing this?’ and then they remember – it is about empathy, and appreciation, and soul growth, and drawing closer to God. This poem, originally written for the previously-mentioned local Ramadan guide, attempts to capture these moments of fatigue followed by remembrance, gratitude, and praise.
Footnote: *Alhumdulillah means ‘Praise be to God’, making it similar to the Christian ‘Hallelujah’.