The Enlightened City

Madinah…I Love You

By Asma Bint Shameem


In the middle of the desert, across the seven seas
Lies a lush valley most beloved to me

There are no skyscrapers, there is no fancy life
There is nothing of this dunya yet it’s the most beautiful sight

Beautiful are its little houses, so charming are its dusty roads
So gorgeous are its palm trees, bending over with their loads

Its nights are so fragrant, its days are so blessed
no one can describe it…no words to express it

In Madinah there is peace, Madinah is a healing
It is a sanctuary for every heart that is feeling

When I look in the streets, I see young children playing
I wonder if they realize the enormity of this blessing

To be brought up in the blessed streets of this sacred city
To wake up every morning and to enjoy its sanctity


What I would give to be in their place, I wish it were me instead
I wish…I make dua…as I lay here in my bed


Ya Rabbi, take me to Madinah…that’s where I belong
That’s my place…everywhere else seems so wrong


I just don’t belong here… I simply don’t blend in
Nothing else seems right, I just don’t fit in


It’s Madinah that I desire, to Madinah is my Calling
Madinah is the place my achy heart is longing


How my heart craves… How it yearns to be with you
Madinah is where I left my heart, O Madinah, how I miss you!


Every time I visit you, with immense peace I am overcome
My restless heart finds peace… a feeling… I’m finally home


I love you O Madinah, I love you in so many ways
I want to spend my life there, for the rest of my days


In Madinah I want to live and in Madinah I want to die
To be buried with ten thousand Sahaabah, in al-Baqee’ I want to lie


So maybe… when we are resurrected, with the Sahaabah I will be
I am hoping Allaah will forgive me, that’s the only chance for me


And just like how Umar al-Faarooq often used to pray
I make the same dua to Allaah as he; and I also say


O Allaah, give me Shahaadah and grant me this Sacred City
For indeed it is pure…. it is blessed….it is Madinatun-Nabi



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