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    Just received this in t/ mail today, thought it was interesting.

    Some Who Are Born Muslim

    By neQiniso Abdullah
    (from his book of Poetry "In Praise of Allah")

    Some who say that they were born

    Into the Islamic fold

    Allow the binding fear of God

    To gradually lose its hold.

    They early learn to fast and pray

    And recite the Holy Book,

    They make the Hajj and pay Zakat

    And swine they will not cook.

    So after this they proudly say

    That they are Muslims true

    And venture forth to western lands

    Where Muslim men are few.

    Their eyes and minds are then amazed

    At everything they see,

    And soon their hearts admire the men

    Who cause such things to be.

    But those men seek to make this world

    Their haven of delight,

    And therefore they create their own

    Standards of wrong and right.

    So when a Muslim looks to them

    As models for all men,

    Unwittingly he begins to slip

    Gradually into sin.

    At first, perhaps, he misses a prayer

    Or rushes one on through.

    Then, busily pursuing the western ways,

    Perhaps he misses two.

    He reads the Book a little less,

    And less he gives the poor;

    The challenge to raise his standard of life

    Now means a little more.

    Perhaps heíll even being to gamble

    Or taste some wine or beer,

    His acts distinguish him not from those

    Who have no Godly fear.

    The path he follows gradually leads

    The way the worldly seek,

    And his religion becomes a task

    To practice once a week.

    What! Six days he gives himself,

    And God he gives but one!

    But still he claims to be a Muslim

    ĎCause heís a Muslimís son.

    He who serves his own desires

    But one place will he dwell;

    God shall seize him by the neck

    And throw him into Hell!

    Your fatherís nor your motherís faith

    Will save you from the Fire,

    If you consider this world to be

    Your innermost desire.

    But wait! Wherever you are, your life

    Can surely be turned around,

    And the God you placed upon your tongue

    Can in your heart be found.

    Conversion not only occurs with those

    Who do not know the way,

    It occurs also with those well-versed

    Who gradually go astray.

    Forget, therefore, how you were born;

    God judges not your birth.

    By the purity of your heart at death

    Will He determine your worth.

    Those who say that they were born

    Into the Islamic fold,

    Like others, they must submit themselves

    As clay for God to mould.

    very interesting!!!