Saturday, January 17, 2009


I was at Annur Mosque a few weeks back for friday prayers when my old tutor passed me a paper with a prayer printed on it. It is in english and was found on the corpse of an American soldier who was killed during the American War of Independence in 1782. It might not be a prayer of a Muslim but it is still an invokation to God nevertheless. My tutor said that the prayer suits me very well(hence him giving it to me) and I think it really did. God bless you Uncle Rahim.

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, That I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for- but everything I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am among all men, most richly blessed.


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