For Our Mothers and Fathers

by Novid Shaid, 2011

For Our Fathers


Like a roof, giving shelter from the cold,

Like foundations, shouldering the weight of his household,

Like a candle, lighting up his family’s world,

Like cement, binding us together with a firm hold,

is our father


And as our father matures in years and wisdom

Like a fruit tree, firmly rooted in the garden

Though the branches seem to wither and weaken

Still the fruits appear and grow and drop and ripen

from our father


O Lord, bless our father immensely and endlessly

For his hard work, for his guidance and generosity

Help us to benefit from the fruit of his efforts and wisdom

Accept these sincere prayers from grateful and loving children

for our father.


For Our Mothers


Like the fire, giving warmth and glowing so bright

Like the water, showering her family with life

Like a fur blanket, comforting with sheer delight

Like medicine, soothing our troubles and strife

is our mother.


And as we grow in strength and venture out of the nest

And find other loves, pursuing our own projects

Still her heart aches with an emptiness

For the love of God dwells in her breast

in our mother


O Lord, bless our mother without end

for her love, on which our sorry lives depend

Help us to gladden her, and her needs we attend

Keep a special place for our loving friend,

for our mother.

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About Novid Shaid

I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

One thought on “For Our Mothers and Fathers

  1. Asalamalaikum

    Simply beautiful mashaAllah.

    Jazaakallah khayr for all the work you share- mashaAllah it is all very moving and inspiring!

    May Allah increase you in all that is good and enable you to continue inspiring!


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