“Re-conceiving Misconceptions”

I turn on the news
And bear the burden
Of listening to untruths
As they are defined
By lost souls
Who have bred terror
And choose to disguise it
Behind a curtain
Of false explanations
They are not Islam

Machine guns and suicide bombs
Lives taking lives taking lives
Smoke screens and the residue
Of violence
Blood lost and tears shed
Families torn apart as easily
As wounded flesh
Sunless skies and the picture
Of shallow horizons
This is not Islam

Politics and its petty negotiations
Experts on news reports
Showing off what they claim to know
Statistics
Floating numbers while numbers of people
Die
Fallacies
Stereotypes
Generalities
Lies
These are not Islam

Tear-stained tracks of children
In third-world countries
So young the faces blur together
And it’s the same child
Crying out for the same mother
Answered with the same
Response
IEDs and RPGs
Cold abbreviations for destruction
That is not Islam

* * *

Prostration
Prayer rug laid out five times a day
Kneeling in subjugation
Seeking God for his forgiveness
In this world where ignorance reigns
And lies are spread to defend
Actions taken against humanity
Only the strong never forget their Savior
Only the faithful survive
Ask me what is Islam

Knowing you owe your life
To a much higher being
Cherishing loved ones
For tomorrow they may be gone
Honoring time, knowing that it moves
With the will of One, and only One
Seeking redemption
For your mistakes
And guiding others to do the same
Ask me what is Islam

Knowing you are not alone
Even in solitude
That God is ever watchful
And will guide you when you falter
As you stand on beaten paths
Putting your trust in a power
That can never be seen
But is always felt
In the purest of intentions,
There will be Islam

Dedication
Commitment
Love
Respect
Honor
Trust
Hope
Contentment

Faith: This is Islam

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