sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

Category

Poetry

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

The dinnertime glassware

I am angry. The fury of life is enraging me. I have six glasses in my kitchen cupboard. Deliberately the thickest glassware you can buy in hope that the children don’t smash them every dinner time. I want to take…

Continue reading
Poetry

The role of Ramadhan

Violent harangues of hunger pangs, Solemnly suppressed by invoking hands. Tired, listless, lethargic limbs, Silently cleanse the soul from sins. Somnolent, tired eyes, Stay awake to seek their prize. Dehydrated, throbbing heads, Understand the blessings of health. A gathering of…

Continue reading
Poetry

Dear diary…

Dear diary… I’m still awake at 3 in the morning 3.42 to be precise I just can’t switch off my racing mind Because I remembered that thing I said Which may have caused offence Or not But it’s there Then…

Continue reading
Poetry

I am ready to fly.

I am ready to apply my wings of hope and fear to fly. I am ready to be guided by a satiation of love towards my destination. I am ready to accept there will be rough winds that will attempt…

Continue reading
Poetry

Paralysis

It enters through my feet. It stops my feet from moving. It paralyses me so I am unable to get out of bed. It begins to fill me. It fills me up to my hips. The lower back ache intensifies….

Continue reading
Poetry

We are free

We are free. We are free to do harm or not. We are free to lie or tell the truth, to say hurtful words or remain silent. We are free to steal or not, to kill or not, to respect…

Continue reading
Poetry

Playing in the un-holy battlefield

Before I send you another strong line That will send a shiver up your spine Details of how I was sheltered through the storm Below is a passage that describes my land and home! In this kingdom of Ashes, The…

Continue reading
Poetry

Forced marriage

You forced me to hate, They forced me to date. But no one ever forced me to be free and take that degree. A desire I had still wanders in the air. I wonder and wait while I hopelessly stare….

Continue reading
Poetry

Seek and you will find

I had no self-respect, So I covered my flesh So I lowered my gaze So I held my tongue So I quashed my anger. I had no purpose in life, So I rejected want for need So I shared my…

Continue reading
Poetry

You’re free they say

You’re free they say, You have choice they told me, At what cost though? I didn’t know. I have free will I read, So long in the lines I keep. That scripture spoke to me. My soul though, Will guide…

Continue reading
Poetry

Burnt pages of desire

A honey-gushing spring breeze sprinkles blissful showers, Burnt pages, an oath of no return, spreads its wings Life is molten lava, a moth’s temptation to a flame. Life’s mysterious essence is inside a scared little red box Within the box…

Continue reading
Poetry

Survivor

Everything about you unseen Is beautiful, Your mind, spirit and soul. Everything you’ve been through, That has made you the survivor you are, I’m in awe of that. The grace with which you carry your healing, Lovingly and tenderly. Your…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
Poetry

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…

Continue reading
Poetry

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…

Continue reading