In My Mother’s Memory

By Sheima Sumer

In my mother’s memory,
I am nice to people.
I greet people with warmth and cheer.
I look for the best in people.
I deeply appreciate what they do for me.

In my mother’s memory,
I read the Quran with an eager heart–
Eager to find wisdom and truth from every verse–
Itching to be closer to Allah.

In my mother’s memory,
I donate my time in the cause of good works.
I donate my money with an open heart.
I jump at the chance to do a good deed,
And perchance please my Lord.

In my mother’s memory,
I seek knowledge for knowledge’s sake.
I stand up for justice when an injustice is clear.
I speak out when I need to express something useful.
I am confident in myself.

In my mother’s memory,
I give rather than take.
I try not to be fake.
I love, and not hate.
I chose a good mate.

I think for myself.
I care about my health.
I don’t worship wealth.

I balance my life.
I seek to improve.
I put moral principles
Above any mood.

In my mother’s memory,
I worship my Lord…
I pray that God gives her
An infinite reward.

Sheima Salam Sumer, Ed.S., earned her Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007. She has worked as a professional counselor in a variety of settings. She published her first book in 2012 titled, “The Basic Values of Islam: Alphabetically Listed with Islamic References” (AS Noordeen). Her second book, “How to be a Happy Muslim Insha’Allah,” reflects her journey on how to feel good/happy within while being true to Islam, her faith.  Her website is