hijab story by S

The day I first wore hijab after wearing a turban for a few months, I was mocked by a few people at uni to the extent that I was struggling to find the courage to wear it again the next day. I remember feeling tearful, low, angry, confused and panicked. Anyways, so there I am…

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The Preserver

Bordered. walled up like a cardboard box a constricted comfort zone that's transportable from one identity to the next one address to the next malleable; fake.   Fragility is easier to manage when safely boxed up and carelessly thrown onto  someone else's doorstep.   safe from acceptance, safe from rejection, so concerned with being safe…

Tissue that lets the light in/ that could alter things

a wise Uncle said to me

It is not about quantity. The product of the achievement matters more than the quantity of achievements. "Achievements are tertiary in importance. Life is the most important because some people are unable to move (May Allah protect us). Secondary is managing life; there should be no external pressure on you in this." "Discard the need…

Optimism

"More and more I have to come to admire resilience. Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side, it turns to another. A blind intelligence, true. But out of such persistence…

A Room- Jane Hirshfield

A room does not turn its back on grief. Anger does not excite it. Before desire, it neither responds nor draws back in fear.   Without changing expression it takes and gives back; not a tuft in the mattress alters.   Windowsills evenly welcome both heat and cold. Radiators speak or fall silent as they…

Guide us to the right path- Not the right

Because 'right' is the destination and our paths are our own journeys My journey can never be yours but opposing streams sometimes run into the same river and migrating flocks cross over the same garden at times. So guide us to the right path- Not the right. We were created to fall short  then ask for…

As-Salam

The one who depends on Allah As-Salam will never panic. Allah's strength will show itself in him as the fearlessness of the believer. This is the manifestation of As-salam. Patience is also a manifestation of As-salam. Abd as -Salam is the one who Allah protects against all trouble need and shame. The Most Beautiful Names,…

Abd-al-Halim

Abd-al-Halim is blessed with perfect character. His manifestation is gentleness and forgiveness. Although having the power to punish and to take revenge, he will forgive and treat kindly the ones who tyrannise him. He will be forbearing in the face of treachery of the deceitful and the stupidity of the vile. Yet he is always…

Al-Majid

He is the Most Majestic and Glorious. Allah Most High is glorious and majestic in the whole of His creation and beyond. No hand reaches Him, no power can touch Him, yet He is closer to his servants than their own souls; He has love and mercy for them more than they could have for…