Teenage Love - A Parent's Dilemma

Teenage Love - A Parent's Dilemma

For 18 years she was the apple of my eyes
But I was in for a surprise
As she got to know a boy
A sudden change and she wasn’t coy

Ah! She said I don’t understand
She has to have a friend
She has grown
And I am about to be overthrown

Overthrown by a boy – her first love
I was sad not so much as she was in love*
Love is natural
But she is still my 'baby girl'

All I asked from her is to consider
- The danger as he is after all “a stranger”
Study comes first and when you are really ready
Go ahead find a friend - a steady

Study and Steady? - She replied she could juggle
But I am not willing to take that gamble
As I have known cases – love interrupts
Study, family and all love disrupts

For a teenager, being in love is everything
As a father it kept me thinking!
Am I doing the wrong thing?
Love I am not curbing

It is just the timing
Priority is the thing
All I think was for her own good
But sad to say she misunderstood

Yet again there’s another matter
It makes me shatter
In choosing a friend or life partner
Rasulullah (saw) has mentioned the manner**

In all, Religion is the foundation
Property, beauty, wealth are just for a short duration
Has she forgotten what she learnt?
Just for the sake of love – she’ll get burnt

A parent can do so much
A prayer and a hope to Allah, in this state as such
That our baby girl realizes her mistake
As her future is at stake

Penned by Qalamuddin dated 10/5/2011

* There are three qualities whosoever has them will taste the sweetness of Iman: loving Allah and His Messenger above all else, loving someone solely for the sake of Allah, and hating to return to disbelief after Allah has rescued him from it, as much as he would hate being thrown into Hellfire." (Sahih Bukhari).

** The Prophet (s.a.w) said: "A woman may be married for four reasons: for her property, her status, her beauty, and her religion; so try to get one who is religious, may you be blessed."