Sahoor

Inspired by Shaykh Amin’s talk on sahoor from a couple nights ago.

There is a moment magical
When day breaks free from night,
When seed is split and life begins,
Witnessing Allah’s Might.
But when the hand of man does it,
It fashions pain and strife;
It takes the Hand of God to split
And manufacture life.
The use of magical here is deliberate. Shaykh Amin pointed out that the Arabs observed the magic in daybreak, giving rise to sihr and sahoor stemming from the same three-letter root. Fascinating!

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