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Remember When

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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 away

Of not looking back to care how little I was

Of not minding the light weight of my fat pocket

And not making a huge mountain out of no shelter

Of waking up to see the true face of love

 

I remember when I vowed the vow with him

And walked the long walk with Him

And danced the cultural dance in the rain

And sang the melodious song in the dark storm

I remember with tears all the good times with him

 

I remember when twenty seemed so far away

Looking back, time tells me it was yesterday

I have lost a lot with the passing of time

If I were to be blessed with a second chance

I’d go back to five and start where it all began

 

I remember when my light shone so bright

Basking in excitement amidst the crème de la crème

I remember when my light went so dim

Wallowing in depression and creeping in holes

I remember I was told that such is life

 

I remember when I sought to fill up the void

Against all the false hopes that life gave me

When I blindly walked through a new door

Hoping to put together the scattered puzzles

I remember when I had no bearing on life’s map

 

And I finally remember when I truly found Him

When my life’s true love revealed Himself to me

And walked towards me when I only took a step

I remember when I left behind me, the empty past

When at last I became the ‘me’ I am today

© WARDAH ABBAS 2014

{And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak.}

The Qur’an, Surah An-Nisaa’ (the women) 4:28

Wardah Abbas is a twenty-something year old self-proclaimed eco–Muslimah based in Nigeria. She is a state attorney and a passionate writer who particularly loves to share lessons from her personal experiences. When Wardah is not writing, volunteering at an event, or hanging out with friends, she can be found at the kitchen table whipping up edible ingredients into skin beauty regimens. She is the Earth Care staff writer for Young Muslimah Magazine. Catch up with her on therosespen.wordpress.com.

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She Wore Red Trainers

Prior to reading Naima B Robert’s latest young adult fiction She Wore Red Trainers I hadn’t really read much Islamic fiction. But the mere fact that it was a Muslim romance story – the preview of which I had earlier read – increased my thirst to savour the sweetness of its magical lines till the last full stop.

Reading it was like being in a different world. It was a complete page turner and, masha’Allah, from the time the curtain was raised to when it was drawn, I was filled with pleasure and inner joy for reading a story as beautiful as this authored by a Muslimah.

She Wore Red Trainers COVERShe Wore Red Trainers tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love, Ali and Ameerah; the both of them from two entirely different, far-from-perfect backgrounds. Ameerah, who had vowed never to get married as a result of her mother’s experience with the wrong choices of husbands, suddenly meets Ali. And Ali is battling with a lot of things such as his maintenance of recently recommenced religious practices, the reality of the loss of his mum, and the difficulties of adapting to a new environment he had just moved into with his family.

Neither protagonist can stop thinking about the other. Things become a little confusing for the young love birds as they both face their difficulties and obstacles in making the right decisions, in terms of Islam, family, and community. A lot of complications set in. Such as the over-protectiveness of Ameerah’s brother Zayd, who had also gone through a lot in shaping his sister to becoming the woman she was. And, for Ali, the high expectations from his father who wanted his son to pursue a degree in law.

The two love birds continue with their individual struggles enveloped by secret feelings of strong love for each other.

As my eyes travelled down the beautiful destination led by the powerful assembly of words into a breathtaking storyline, I became more curious to know how everything unfolds in the end.

Would there be any spine-freezing dates, awkward romantic conversations, enchanting eye contacts, and would they get to hold hands in the end, have their first kiss, first romance and what not? I kept imagining as I personally got butterflies all over me. It was full of suspense.

The central characters were strong and portrayed the beauty of Islam. The character Zayd portrayed both both good and not-so-good sides, playing both protagonist and antagonist in his own unique way.

I absolutely loved the fact that Ameerah’s mother – the weakest character – was able to grow enough nerves to get her irresponsible husband kicked out of their lives while standing up for her daughter. It had me smiling, giggling and of course, it had my heart in my throat.

I must confess that I totally enjoyed reading the book and I absolutely recommend it for all those who love to read. It is indeed a must read for every teenager and parent, especially considering the fact that, as Muslims, love can be very delicate as it is surrounded by so many boundaries which we are expected not to cross.

{And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah . But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah . And if only they who have wronged would consider [that] when they see the punishment, [they will be certain] that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is severe in punishment.}

The Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqarah (the cow) 2:165

Wardah Abbas is a twenty-something year old self-proclaimed eco–Muslimah based in Nigeria. She is a state attorney and a passionate writer who particularly loves to share lessons from her personal experiences. When Wardah is not writing, volunteering at an event or hanging out with friends, she can be found at the kitchen table whipping up edible ingredients into skin beauty regimens. She is the Earth Care staff writer for Young Muslimah Magazine. Catch up with her on therosespen.wordpress.com.