Archive for the ‘Poetry & Fiction’ category

Ex Nihilo – From Nothing

By Zaheen Uddin   Sitting here, waiting, waiting for epiphany to strike. Thinking in reflection, sinking in perplexion Mind winds up, thoughts line up, time winds down understanding hikes Sensation is in elation, reverberation in air particles’ perception Suddenly everything is in slow motion. Because logic, reasoning and problem-solving ability Are clearer than a summer […]

What If

By Talha Ghannam Note: The post was written a few months before traveling for Umrah. Alhamdulillah, having now completed the journey, I cannot emphasize enough how important preparation is to the journey. To remove oneself from the dunya (worldy life)and prepare for what lies ahead is essential. What will you say to your Lord and […]

On the Subject of Al-Qur’an

by Askia Nasir Bilal   Its Words are ten stone slabs in the bosom piece Air mountain pegs holding my celestial body in place coral reef, beached whale bones bleached pale poems can’t touch the place its page reached “Read!” was the Word that squeezed free his rib cage The seed rooted and breathed branches […]

The New Muslim

By Muhammad Daniel I was born from an act of idealism To a world where ideals are sold I looked for the way to be muslim Got confused with what I was told Each group claimed to be on the right path Citing strong evidences to prove But my heart found no peace with this […]

Expressions of the African American Muslim Experience

February is Black History Month, a month in which we are encouraged to reflect on the African American experience and to remember the significant struggles, events and personalities of its history. To honor this month and this history, with special focus on African American Muslims, we are asking you to share your thoughts and creative […]

Al-Maqbuheen: A Short Story

Originally published December 2012 Editor’s Note: This short story has been brought back for your enjoyment as it is one of the editorial staff’s favorite short stories. By Ayesha Nasir This is a fictional story which revolves around Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” poem. “Hey, Perce? Care to pass me that newspaper?” Bill asked, his eyes […]

Night

Earlier this year, The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) launched the “Write a Revolution” competition as part of their SOS Syria project. The competition attracted submissions from writers across the globe. Entrants were asked to consider the words freedom, oppression, unity, justice and hope to write a short story or a poem in light of […]

Bitter Sweet

Earlier this year, The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) launched the “Write a Revolution” competition as part of their SOS Syria project. The competition attracted submissions from writers across the globe. Entrants were asked to consider the words freedom, oppression, unity, justice and hope to write a short story or a poem in light of […]

Stairway to Heaven

By Farah Abduz-Zahir Rhythms primordial soothing, inspiring, connecting to some hidden electron’s orbit. In some inner recess synapses dance Listening. Smile plays on lips Heart alight chest heaves and inhales blessed blessed air made fragrant with the sounds of this recitation suspended in sound waves that permeate every alveolar crevice giving life suffuses into blood […]

The Artist of All Artists

You haven’t really realized your place in life until you’ve tried to describe a sunset in words. I realized this as I sat on a large rock near a creek on the University of Maryland campus and tried to describe the breathtaking view with pen and paper. I worked at it for several minutes and […]

Fajr

By Musa Burki   As we rise in the morning Our souls possess a yearning To fill our hearts with spiritual light Kneeling as a humble servant in His sight   The dawn rings out a peaceful solitude Rising from our slumber to show gratitude Revealed words which emanate from the heart A beautiful ritual […]

The Idol in the Mirror

By Humaira Khan A Short Story She hated him when they had disagreements. Adil was a great husband and father—most of the time. He was caring and loving and he helped her with her household chores. He loved the children—he fed them, woke up in the middle of the night to help her put the […]

The Fault of the Son

By Anonymous There is a secret whispering alone in the dark, Mother, you haven’t spoken since the day at the park. Mother, don’t do this, I know you’re disappointed When you found in the evening your son wasn’t sainted It isn’t just blood that binds us both together Mother, this world can’t hold the meaning of forever Mother, remember […]

Ramadan: A Poem

By Musa Burki A time for our hearts to become unsealed Reflecting on the divine words revealed The month which we hope to never end Unable to count the infinite blessings it sends   Asked by our Lord to give up our worldly pleasures So that we may receive His divine treasures It’s a time […]

Send Blessings Most Serene

By Usman Siddiqui Upon my master, Mustafa, Lord, send your perfect peace. Send such a peace upon him that My hardships are released. Raise TaHa’s praise throughout the land And grant his rank increase, Then help me walk upon his way, And guard me from caprice.   Upon my master, Abdullah, Send mercy endlessly; This prayer I make […]

“It doesn’t make any sense…”

By Ruzky Aliyar ‘Why do some things in life not work out the way you want them to?’ said the boy. ‘How do you know that was what you really wanted?’ asked the girl. The boy momentarily froze. This had never occurred to him. If he got what he wanted, it made him happy. If […]

A Most Blessed Rooftop

By Yacoob Manjoo This piece was inspired by my time in Madinah, on the rooftop of the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) mosque, a few weeks prior to Hajj 2011. I like rooftops because they are freedom. As I write this, I’m seated on one. No ordinary one, mind you; but one in a […]

Little Soldiers of Allah

A Short Story By Ishrat Ali A long time ago, there lived the wife of a mujahid (someone who fights or struggles in the way of God) named Aasiyah. She became a widow after giving birth to three sons. In the absence of her husband, she took good care of her children. She was a […]

The Legendary Tree of Good Manners

By Ishrat Ali Once in a town in Egypt lived a young boy named Zahir. He was very mischievious. Everyone in the town knew him for his bad behavior because he liked to prank people all the time. He never cared about what people thought of him. When he talked, he would say whatever he […]

A Gift From Gramps

By Aisha Bhoori for my sweet sixteen Gramps gave me a gift a sleek, red Benz and I loved that red Benz so much I went and put It in my heart I nurtured It in there and found a home for It right in the center of my heart I was so excited that […]