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Women of Muslim heritage using the power of poetry to express their inner and outer worlds.
Poetry

Our Beloved -peace be upon him

Resurrection lies in wait, For every soul there’s no escape. To meet our Maker, submit our soul, Present our case, our hearts exposed.   Our desperate pleas will resonate, Nafsee, nafsee, selfish state. Searching for a ray of light, Amidst…

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In the name of religion

Allahu Akbar, they chant in overwhelming frenzy, In vain our men are slain in the name of religion, Take off your rose tinted spectacles, Dare to ponder and look around yourself. You – my dear, average Pakistani – are not…

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Two years

I don’t believe in God, Allah, or Yahweh, Yet I pray to all 3 everyday. Daughter of Iman can’t be faithless.   March 14: Yearly Janazah for 3   Recently, a pair of Arab lovers bribed Him for a double…

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Her

  In The Name Of The Most Humble and The Most Arrogant On this holy afternoon, we think of Her and Her poetry. When She entered a room, She believed that time stopped for Her. In Her light, She dragged…

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Love and other poems

Love like a plan gone wrong Today I woke up and decided to be beautiful Everyday feels like a song in my head Looking to escape Words rushing out of mouth I like the wanting as it comes to me…

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Judge yourself

The silence wrapped itself around me, smothering senseless voice, Cocooning me in blissful calm from naked, nauseating noise.   Bitter envy clothed in praise, a blackened heart lauds acclaim. Face to face sincerity, followed by disparity, blatant contrariety.   Begrudging…

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Atheist sincerity

These cancer ads follow me like targets. Spare a thought for the mother who didn’t survive, Couldn’t watch her daughter thrive.   It was just before a film about an elite gambling ring, Molly’s game. Ecstasy’s game.   Did you…

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Sac/red

Perhaps the reason why our mothers didn’t pray when they bled every month is because that blood is already prayer, the body manifesting miracles can ache, too. Cleansing, all that red giving power to pain. Releasing. The body never more…

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Collateral damage vs victims

Dead Iraqis / Talented young musician stripped of life Dead Palestinians / Husband grieves for wife: ‘Beautiful, kind, loving mother of three children’ Dead Syrians / Bright university graduate, lost at age 21 to terrorist hands Dead Libyans / Widowed…

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Let the light in

If it is true what Leonard Cohen said That it is through cracks that the light gets in, then I have my answer How I survived Why I survived I opened myself up to my broken mess And turned it…

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The lioness, the lion and the rabbit

One lazy afternoon, a lion and lioness lay under a tree in the shade. A rabbit strolled up to them. The rabbit, a cheeky creature, began to make crude sexual gestures and comments at the lioness. The lioness was upset….

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When Irish soda bread read Surah Fatihah

Sunlight streamed through the kitchen blinds to witness its part, as wisps of stalks kissed the sky far off, stretching in bulk – in hopes of someday joining the flour board to Surahs. The salt of the earth knew its…

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Who I am

Who I am Felt unknown to me I lived a life told to me How I speak Refined by another How I dress adjusted by her The way I walk Didn’t seem right For I didn’t fit right I was…

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A memory of Ethiopia

She stood at the entrance of the garden. She was tall, very slim, her skin of dark amber. She delicately wrapped her long cloth around her, the sound of chimes giving away the presence of a few silver bangles. She…

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Hunger prayers

  We see those empty bellied stares Through a screen. And we barely care. Dissociate, we separate, our emotions, abdicate. But take away our sustenance, The tempting calls of gluttonous, Taste the pangs of abstinence, To ignite the spirit of…

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