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    As-Salaamu Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu,

    All praise is due to Allah (SWT), The Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds.
    May His Mercy and Blessings be upon the Prophet Muhummed (SAAS), his family
    and companions, and the entire Muslim Ummah, Aameen.

    "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 he'll 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
    'Cause he's a Muslim's 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 father's nor your mother's 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.

    (O Allah!) Show us the straight way,
    The way of those on whom Thou has bestowed Thy Grace,
    Those whose (portion) is not wrath and those who go not astray. (Aameen)
    Surah Al Fatiha, verses 6 & 7)

    Wa-Salaamu Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu.