How to Pray at the Mosque
unlock the mouth that holds many truths
first, remove your shoes
cover your head,
a saadar wrapped around you
stand in a line
imam’s words fill Allah’s home
rabil aalameen. reflect
forehead to the floor
speak to Allah
if you hear a sudden click,
a shout, or what sounds like fireworks, run away from doors
like dishes. quiet and fragile. hide
there are times that white poppies
bleed down minarets.
read subhanallahs, alhamdulillahs and allahu akbar
on fingers. implore perfumed peace.
don’t look back
safety is a fairytale uttered
when all is silent. protected. say, Ameen
By Sabina Khan-Ibarra
Sabina Khan-Ibarra is a writer and an educator. She is a recent San Francisco State University Graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and two children.