Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa

Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa; a series of complaints to God regarding our situation as an Ummah and the reply of God. Shikwa takes on a complacent attitude, expressing how God should be grateful to us for our servitude to Him, whereas Jawab-e-Shikwa takes on an extremely heavenly quality, reminding man that his pride in himself is but an illusion. I have never come across such deep poetry before and this style of recitation has the ability to chill man to his very core.

So with what face do we have a Shikwa against God? Isn’t it our own qualities, characteristics and behaviour which have rendered us in such a lowly position today when we were not only supposed to be the first nation of an Islamic state but also the Ashraf-ul-Makhluqāt?

This insightful poetry is a wake-up call for mankind if only we had the ability to comprehend.


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