Elizabeth

Islamic Honeymoon

I discovered the truth on honeymoon, Of the extent to which I’d been misled, How I’d absorbed vast torrents of their lies, Via photos and the phrases they’d said.     At night I was scared to see my lover Close-up with all his colouring faded, I felt frightened, and then I got angry. How…

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Of Stones And Diamonds . . .

In the dark, on the rough trails stones paring through, prying my flesh … life gave me these gifts with no bandages or ribbons. Tired at some point, as I rested, on a huge rock and looked down the path I’d traversed; there lay painted tips bright red, glistening stones reflecting the sun; the very…

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The Veil

Once the veil of your eyes has been removed that shielded curtain no longer looms   just remember one thing know for sure Allah bestowed upon this sinner For me to adore   The eyes will begin to witness the beauty with blessings from Allah and His decree   these sinning eyes will start to…

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Submit Your Heart

There was a place when you had everything but still emptiness hounded you somehow. There was a time when you loved everything but it wasn’t the same anymore.   You got up every morning looking forward to the day but when you went to bed at night only disappointment there lay.   You thought you…

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Sisterhood

Sisterhood to me is a bond that we can’t always see.   It’s like when we love our sisters for Allah’s sake making sure, we are holding up our faith, knowing our salvation, is at stake.   It’s reaching out to our sisters when in-need connecting and doing a gracious deed. But sometimes, it’s just…

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Remember When

I remember when I believed in dreams When the milky waves meant a lot to me When I learnt to make wishes like a fairy; eyes closed And open my eyes to see my dreams come true I remember when life was of cream and peaches   I remember all my dreams of running far…

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Ya Ummi

(Dedicated to my mother Mrs. Mariam Nagaria who we lost on 12 June 2014)   Beauty and grace personified Embodiment of tolerance, Through my Ummi I saw lovely patience, I thought she was full of elegance!   Diabetes and Breast Cancer, Angina and Blood Pressure, Yet bravely she fought, Against all odds!   Arthritis in her back,…

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Prayer

Every day dawns with Your Name, as the sun rises up with Your praise on my lips. Every night finds my knees and head on the ground, as You are the First and Last on my mind. In the stillness of my heart. I speak to You. And I know You hear me. You answer…

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Daddy I Can’t Wait To See You

You were the one that protected me no matter what, You would never even think of leaving me to rot. Whereas all these people don’t think twice, They all pretence about being nice!!!! Everyone is here, not like you were though, It’s on and off, more like a show. I wish you were here with…

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I Can’t Breathe

I Can’t Breathe Do you see me? . . . I ask because I’m dying Can you hear me? . . . Right before your eyes Who am I to you? . . . Often times by your hand What am I to you? . . . And you don’t appear to care I am…

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The Birth of a Baby

A Muslim song about Jesus/’Eesa AS to the tune of Away in a Manger: The birth of a baby is special and dear; Some celebrate birthdays with joy every year, But one favoured boy had a miracle birth – A mercy and sign to all people on earth. He is the Messiah, upon him be…

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My Crown Jewel

O, how I love wearing my crown jewel. To protect and connect me with The Protecting One, And to shade me from the wrath of this cruel world’s deception. This is my faith, my choice and my haven. In this materialistic world where we live, your worth is judged and your looks sneered at. My…

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As I Strive On Your Path

O My Rubb The world comes with its imperfection, And taunts me for my faults, Judging me for my flaws, Merciless with its claws, While You, despite Your perfection, Console me with Your compassion, Judging me by the best of my actions, As I strive on Your path.   O My Rubb, What would I…

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Finding My Dream

A beautiful night A dream That seemed so real A cock’s crow Depriving me of fantasies   An inspiration Travelling Beyond the dream world The wonderful sight Still enthralls me   Beyond flowing garments The beautiful Ummah Strikes me more The humility Sways me off my feet   Selfless people Whose greetings Convey a strong…

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Why Am I Not Grateful?

Sisters, this poem is for you, So I can share what I know too. I hope this does touch a nerve, As this poem has a purpose to serve.   Every day we complain about what is wrong, To get through it, we will listen to a song. Very rarely do we pick up our…

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Gaza

Today You have opened My heart To grief. Oh, Lord! And I will Just let it be.   I have seen Many bomb blasts. Torn apart bodies. Grimacing faces.   I have seen Fire and smoke That rise up Above the city.   Like a menacing monster.   I have grown Numb. I have absorbed…

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Palestine Rainbow

I have read about children who cannot sing With their friends who died from orange fired Rockets with yellow edges and have been Buried under the earth and its green grass Under the noses, eyes, ears and blue stars Of people who talk like they’re indigo And sing violets to their friends. And I have…

Mini Issue One Aug 2014 Out Now

Reflections

I am the rose that grew from seeds That budded from clay, soil, water, soul, light and creation. I am a product of my beloved. What you thought would kill me Only served to make me stronger. I’ve evolved into a strong warrior; I’m one of a kind. My thorns fortified with terror, My wounds…

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Water

She writes with water. Mechanics stand among her words Calling them oil stains as they loosen And reconstruct them. Scientists angle beside her sentences Casting fish chosen to eat Patterns they can predict. But there are some survivors who swim in rhythm With each stroke of her pen To keep their breath. Upon the water…

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The Guiding Light

Saira Anwar expresses her dependence upon Allah through poetry The Guiding Light You’re the one that guided me. When I was lost in the darkness of light. When I was adrift on a sea of doubt and lost in hope. You were my strength. You were one who heard my cry for help when my…

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In His Praise

Sabeeha Parack uses poetry to reflect upon her relationship with Allah subhana wa ta’ala (glorified and exalted be He) In His Praise My closest confidant are you, A power deep within. Oh Allah, In your praise, Where shall I possibly begin? You know what thought runs in my mind, You know what I shall be. You…