I am a Muslim, but Only by Name

By Md Touhid Rahman
The call is to ask a single time to your own person:

"How I am a Muslim? Muslim by Quality or Muslim by Family?"

I am a Muslim, but only by name

When it comes to practicing, what a shame!

I go to friends and relatives in suit and tie

It’s alright if I occasionally lie

Yes I practice, BUT when it suits me

Or more to the point, when it pleases society.

If I show my ankles, they’ll point and laugh

They’ll think it’s too short and reckon I’m daft.

If I trim my mustache and grow the beard

They’ll reckon I’m a fanatic or something weird.

If I wear the Sunnah, I’ll get great reward

But the Kuffaar will look down on me, that I can’t afford.

Yes I’m a Muslim, but only by name

I make excuses which I admit are rather lame.

Yes I’m a sane man and I’m on the right track

Who am I kidding, I feel like a right jack!

To hide my inferiority complex I protest it’s unimportant

Though my heart screams to tell me I’m a blatant fraudulent

The best thing is no-one can hear what’s going on inside

People think I’ve got it made and with my life I’m satisfied.

But I’m afraid this is a fable and it’s a pure deception

I have no peace of mind but this I dare not even mention.

If I remain ignorant it’s OK, ‘cos then I don’t have to practice

Yes I’m conniving and these are baseless evil tactics.

But I read the Kalima and I think I have Imaan

I can’t help my attitude I was placed in a Kufrstaan.

Yes I’m a Muslim but only by name

And with my precious life I’m playing a foolish disastrous game!


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