By Velma Cook

A monument of beauty you stand
Gentleness and justice extend from your hands
Hands raised in prayer
Your eyes know no fear

Small children play at your feet
Open handed kindness which none can beat
Eyes that see through the shallow smiles
A mind that knows man’s tricks and wiles

There can be no success without defeat
Overcoming one’s lusts and desires
Until all that remains is a love and fear that ever burns
Seeking the pleasure of its Lord – for this alone it yearns

I’ll stand beside you as long as you dare
To treat evil as falsehood and keep to the truth – so rare
I’ll not betray you as long as your soul
Stands firm on goodness and Allah is your goal.