Category Archives: Poetry

The Real Cover Girl

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The Real Cover Girl

They look at my scarf and try to diagnose me with a cure
but what they don’t realize is that I am beautiful,
strong and secure.
But you see my security does not come from mini skirts
and see through tops and high heels that make my hips go tick-tock.

The radiance on my face can’t be bought at the counter of a drug store;
from Revlon or Maybelline, you see it’s that new shade, it’s called noor.
It stems from the roots that bare the fruits of my eman,
so would the real cover girl please stand up,
then bow down in sujood and patiently rest your forehead against the floor, whispering words that will purify your soul.

From Fajr to Isha I search for the deeds that will satisfy my spiritual needs yet
they cut their eyes and they stigmatize this simple scarf I wear.
But that’s okay, because on that Great Day it’s that simple scarf that
will testify to Allah and say that I obeyed His command each day

written by Akilah Parris

[Source: IGIC]

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Other Than You

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و من الشَقاوة أن تحبَ

و من تحبُ يحبُ غيرك

أو أن تريد الخير للأن

سان و هو يريد ضيرك

“And from misery is that you love,
and (the one) who you love, loves other than you,
or that you want good for a person, and he wants to hurt you”.

[Imam al Shafi Rahmiahu Allah]

Dream…

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Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

-Langston Hughes

If dreams are what keep you going, then (litereally) keep dreaming! 🙂

In which hand?

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أحـزان قلبـي لا تـزول

The sorrow in my heart will remain,

حتـى أبشـر بالقـبـول

until I am given the glad tidings of acceptance (into Jannah),

وأرى كتابـي باليمـيـن

Till I behold my book of deeds in the right,

وتقـر عينـي بالرسـول

and my eyes are cooled by the sight of the messenger


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O let the day pass …

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دع الأيام تفعل ما تشاء…وطب نفسا إذا حكم القضاء
ولا تجزع لحادثة الليالي…فما لحوادث الدنيا بقاء
وكن رجلا على الأهوال جلدا…وشيمتك السماحة والوفاء
وإن كثرت عيوبك فى البرايا…وسرك ان يكون لها غطاء
تستر بالسخاء فكل عيب…يغطيه كما قيل السخاء
ولا تر للأعادى قط ذل…فإن شماتة الأعداء بلاء
ولا ترج السماحة من بخيل…فما للنار فى الظمآن ماء
ورزقك ليس ينقصه التأنى…وليس يزيد فى الرزق العناء
ولا حزن يدوم ولا سرور…ولا بؤس عليك ولا رخاء
إذا ما كنت ذو قلب قنوع…فأنت ومالك الدنيا سواء
ومن نزلت بساحته المنايا…فلا أرض تقيه ولا سماء
وأرض الله واسعة ولكن…إذا نزل القضا ضاق الفضاء
دع الأيام تغدر كل حين…فما يغنى عن الموت الدواء

للإمام الشافعي


O let the day pass as the day may fair
Wary to remedy against destiny,
But do not grieve all night with petty cares
For none of them shall see eternity.
Upon all of life’s affairs be a man,
Rest upon mercy and fidelity:
When you stand betrayed by every clan
With your secrets laid bare for all to see,
Then shame is cloaked by generosity.
No sorrow or delight is meant to last
Nor is any pain or prosperity,
But the Kingdom of Heaven is vast, vast!
So let the days pass as they wish to fair
Knowing well that Death is always somewhere.

Imam Al-Shafi’