Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

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 […]

Regarding the Permissibility of Music

Question: Some scholars and many zealous laymen claim that there is a consensus among jurists as to the prohibition of listening to any music with musical instruments. Some Imams say the opinion that allows it is a strange (شاذ) opinion, which is rejected as baseless by all prominent scholars and schools of thought. If this […]

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 […]

Aspiring to the Arts

By Lena Khan More than 1400 years ago—before the significance of it was ever being debated in our community—the Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) enjoyed and utilized the arts. For him, this was often in the realm of poetry. It was something he appreciated. He encouraged its purification. He understood its influence. And he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Until I see You

by Ammar AlShukry You’re the best person I’ve ever known, the best friend I’ve never met Your sincerity to me is blinding enough to completely canvas the world around me with drapes that read, respect, honor, focus, protect… and leaving a window so that I can zoom in on the important things, and yet those […]

The Stab

Don’t grieve at the stab. It’s only meant to free you. From the chains that bind you to the earth and shackle you to the shadows of people. The mirage of water cannot quench. But is so beautiful to the thirsty. I’m afraid. Of never knowing another life. Different. So different. If I let go, […]

If We Remembered Our Akhirah

By Nadya Aweinat If we remembered our Akhirah, would our lives be the same? Would our interactions change? Would we wallow in our pain? If we remembered our Akhirah, Would the petty things matter? Would our focus be scattered? Would formalities flatter? If we remembered our Akhirah, would we sit around bored? Would we for […]

Sunday School Complex

Questions come up in a single class Girls not happy with this meaningful path They don’t get it, no one has helped them understand And now to the Sunday school their parents drag them by hand Help my daughter she is driving me insane But what have you done to ensure their name To ensure […]