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The Vow Between Fire and Water

I am a substance that gives off heat and smoke
I offer bright light and I burn anything that comes close

Fire is my name and my mention brings shivers to many
Ashes is my end product, without a doubt I am very deadly

Oh, Fire! I am a substance made of liquid and found in streams and river
Colorless, transparent, and odorless I am necessary for every creature

In the Quran I am mentioned as that from which the Almighty created things by His Order
I am a source of blessing to the plants, heavens, and springs…says the Water

I rhyme with your name but I am also your worst enemy
I extinguish you when I am thrown upon you and come in your vicinity

Oh, Fire! I complain to my Lord against you and the injustices you committed
To the best of creations in the whole universe whom you have afflicted

I blame you, Oh, Fire, for causing pain and suffering to my Lady Fatima al-Batool
Whom you’ve burned the door of the home of none other than Bint Al-Rasool

You even burned the tents of Imam Husayn on the plains of Karbala
Causing his women and children to run from tent to tent on the day of Ashura

You caused havoc and stirred terror and fear in the hearts of the orphaned children
And you stuck to the clothes of the little ones without any mercy or compassion

Oh Water, you blame me of the pain and suffering I inflicted by my flame of heat..?
By the One who created me, I vindicate myself from all that my blaze has mistreat!

They used me as a tool to hurt the holy household alas I will avenge them most definitely!
For I am the destination of every one who dared to challenge or fight the progeny

I vow to myself and with the permission of my Creator
That I will burn each and every enemy of AhlulBayt and their killer

I shall toast by my blaze every soul that didn’t support Husayn
Whether by sword, hand, or tongue thus contributing to his pain

However tell me, Oh, Water about that which you have done!
On the day of Ashura when you prevented yourself from reaching the prophet’s grandson

The women and children of Husayn spent days without a sip of water
Waiting and suffering till they witnessed the final slaughter

Their bodies dehydrated, lips parched and their throats dry
The camp of Husayn was filled with weak and wailing cries

They also used me as a tool beyond my will – weeps the Water
Abul Fadhl had such strong will to bring me to his brother’s daughter

Yet when I offered myself to him he defied his soul and followed his heart
After grabbing me with his palm then throwing me back at the Furat

Even Sakina refused me when I was finally presented to her
After she remembered her dear Abdullah who was killed in the arms of his father

Oh Fire we are both victims of their oppression
For it is the choice of man to use us for good or cause aggression

I share your anger and join your vow
Together we will avenge them and from them we disavow

It is for this reason that I continue to live and offer service to mankind
Living with the hope that whoever drinks me curses the killers of Husayn till the end of time!

For every time a believer drinks me and curses the murderers of ibn al-Batool
I send over that curse as energy to intensify your heat and cause them eternal doom!

And I will quench the thirst of the believers who reach the pond of Kawthar
On the Day of Judgment where every transgressing soul will be split asunder!

About Jerrmein Abu Shahba

Jerrmein, originally from Egypt and guided by the grace of Allah (SWT) to the truth path of AhlulBayt (AS), obtained her bachelors degree in Biology and masters in Chemistry. She contributed as a writer in the past for the Islamic Insights, AIM, Muslims4peace, and Voice of Unity magazines. Jerrmein volunteers as an editor for the al-Islam.org website, and translates Islamic literature.

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