A Fatherly Gift

A friend of mine had a child and named him the same name as mine. Sudanese tradition is that when a person names their child after you, you have to get that child a gift. Growing up I never knew any Ammars, so I was safe. Later on, I was surprised how many people liked the name, and they started popping up all over the place. Luckily, I started thinking of ways to still give gifts and keep $$$ in my pocket :)

So I wrote ‘lil Ammar a poem, from his father’s perspective.

To a new born

 

May Allah protect you,

May your sleep be sweet,

May you feel comfort

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As I lay at your feet

 

May your life be filled, with

Hope like your name sake

I’ll be by your side

For every step that you take

 

And though I wonder about

The world you’ve come into

May your sleep always be sweet

May your dreams come true

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There are those however who find it difficult to find that beautiful hope for their children due to the difficulty they find themselves in. The below is the perspective of a Palestinian father:

A Palestinian Man

How can you explain the feeling of..

Knowing that your children aren’t limited by their dreams

Although their dreams are so big they have them gazing at the sky

Laughing at the stars, praying that they can fly

No, their dreams are limited by the opportunities that don’t exist

So you cry when they are born, for all the dreams that they will miss

thought captured by Ammar AlShukry

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6 responses to “A Fatherly Gift”

  1. Tafi Nami says:

    Read Online Quran Translation In English

  2. Umm A says:

    SubhaanAllah….lovely poem :))
    I have a little Ammaarah

    Brother, could you explain the meaning and root of the name Ammaar please. As In understand it, it meant someone who exceeds in fasting and prayer, or eloquent, but I am not a native Arabic speaker, and my little girl is always saying a teacher/friend told her that’s not what her name means.

  3. Umm A says:

    SubhaanAllah….lovely poem :))
    I have a little Ammaarah

    Brother, could you explain the meaning and root of the name Ammar please. As I understand it, it meant someone who exceeds in fasting and prayer, or eloquent, but I am not a native Arabic speaker, and my little girl is always saying a teacher/friend told her that’s not what her name means.

    • Khalida says:

      ‘ammaarah literally means “one who commands repeatedly” (so, the action of commanding is repetitive).

    • To add to the comment by Khalida said, look up the companion of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, named Ammar ibn Yasir, may Allaah be pleased with him. Ammaar is the masculine of Ammaarah.

  4. MashaAllah.. Very nice poem.. Really I like it Very much.. Jajak ALlah khar for written and share this lovely poem.

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