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Poems from the straight path : a book of Islamic verse

Author: Joel S A Hayward
Publisher: Ashland, Oregon : White Cloud Press, 2017.
Series: Islamic encounter series
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English
Summary:
"Poems from the Straight Path reflects, chronicles and tries to make sense of Joel Hayward's conversion to Islam after two decades as a fish-out-of-water Unitarian within trinitarian Christianity. The realization that the God to whom he prayed was one, not three, and that Islam was the way for him to worship the God of Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. His conversion was a life-transforming journey that led Hayward,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: New Zealand poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel S A Hayward
ISBN: 9781940468532 1940468531
OCLC Number: 957302032
Notes: New Zealand author.
Description: 137 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine-generated contents note: Listening --
Answering His call --
Shahada --
The strangest journey --
You have touched me --
We touched the Kaaba --
Death --
Jinns dance in the desert --
Arabic --
The Hajj --
The shadowless Prophet --
Bi’ithnillah --
The past --
Supplication --
Love --
Goliath — with a smoker's cough --
Mr Jennings --
The Prophet --
On Thursday --
Healing --
She sits behind me and the road rises --
Call to prayer --
Moses --
The Ummah is a barren field --
I will build a mosque for her --
Things on my mind --
Fajr prayer --
It's very strange --
The wind was my teacher --
Let me hold your hand on judgement day --
A hot frog leaping --
In Your good time --
I am the bonfire you light --
The moon is hiding in her pocket --
My heart --
In the Prophet's footsteps --
The Great Soul barely spoke --
As close as I've come --
I cling like a child to the leg of a mama --
I am not a beard --
A promise --
You don't fool me! --
Children's ward --
I found you --
Knowledge --
Her words --
British Muslim --
Lord tell me ... --
This new 'jihad' --
I would be David — if I knew you were watching --
How do I keep her forever? --
Tumbling in supplication --
The one in Raqqa --
A day fast approaching --
Iniquity --
Wisdom --
My mind --
So much on my mind --
Hiroshima in a suitcase --
Modernity --
Jihad an-nafs --
She helps a poet --
You turned off the television before you left --
Another bombing --
Life is a contract --
On the way to the mall --
Such power --
Like nothing else --
Yazidi daughter --
The world --
The unknown --
Together --
The journey --
The way it is --
Jihadi --
The accursed one --
Hope --
More care --
Terrorism everywhere --
My father's journey --
Eve --
In a blue room --
A mystery glides in black --
The future --
Your love --
Failing on a hot day --
Happiness --
Where? --
With a ribbon --
Ya Allah --
The bond --
In black --
A matter of time --
Sunlight of joy --
A union --
A sigh --
Call me Daniel --
Repentance --
You did your worst.
Series Title: Islamic encounter series
Responsibility: Joel Hayward.

Abstract:

"Poems from the Straight Path reflects, chronicles and tries to make sense of Joel Hayward's conversion to Islam after two decades as a fish-out-of-water Unitarian within trinitarian Christianity. The realization that the God to whom he prayed was one, not three, and that Islam was the way for him to worship the God of Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. His conversion was a life-transforming journey that led Hayward, at almost forty, finally to bow his face to the ground before God for the first time. Despite being religious for twenty years he had never bowed as a man should; as low to the earth as the human spine will allow. The process of learning Islam is more profoundly complex and confusing, yet stimulating and satisfying, than for those who were raised in Islamic families or communities can possibly imagine. Everything needs to be learned. But first everything needs to be unlearned. Hayward's journey of exploration, transformation and illumination forms the beating heart of this moving collection of poetry. Yet my poems deal not only with my own reversion and other spiritual experiences, but, more importantly, also with the everyday challenges and hopes of western Muslims who wrestle to understand their gone-astray society and its encroaching pressures. A timely and important work that reveals the struggle and profound insights of someone bridging cultures and faith traditions"--

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