Facing Vulnerability

I turned 23 this past summer and ever since, I’ve been reflecting on my life and the things I’ve learned about myself. My thoughts immediately wandered to the idea of vulnerability and my experiences with it. For so long, I’ve viewed vulnerability as something although so raw and sometimes messy, was rooted in strength. ButContinue reading “Facing Vulnerability”

The Push & Pull of Writing

How can I consider myself a writer when I haven’t written in a while? When I’m having trouble picking up a pen (in reality, my laptop) and weaving words together in a way that is simply coherent? I honestly struggle with feeling insecure about embracing the label of being a writer. It’s one of the reasons whyContinue reading “The Push & Pull of Writing”

Finding Sakina (Tranquility) in Supplication

When du’as (supplications) are answered, life halts and feels almost fragile. The solace it brings is a gentle [Divine] nudge: that your endured pains have never existed. What an incomparable gift. *** Dear God, In times of distress, I’ve learned that stability is a blessing. That soundness of mind provides you with a complete consciousnessContinue reading “Finding Sakina (Tranquility) in Supplication”

Unspoken Words | Poem

I long for your presence. My feet guide me to you with ease, anxious and wanting. Your eyes are closed Breathing in and out, lips moving Whispering praises of God. I sit and watch I wish that you’d beckon me to sit beside you. My arms yearn to wrap themselves around your worn shoulders. FinallyContinue reading “Unspoken Words | Poem”

Light Is a Gift & a Mercy

At a point in my life where I was feeling extremely low, I would sometimes go to the nearby masjid just to feel some sort of peace. I would go alone and attempt to avoid any interactions. I would try my best to slow down the negative thoughts that ran through my head. Doing thisContinue reading “Light Is a Gift & a Mercy”

21 Things I Learned in 21 Years

I turned 21 in August, and after some time of reflection (and mourning of my childhood) I wrote down a list of things I learned: Sometimes things may take longer for you than they do for others, and that’s okay. Trust the process and find peace in whatever pace life is going at for you.Continue reading “21 Things I Learned in 21 Years”

Living in Egypt for a Year

2010. As soon as I stepped out of the airport, I remember gulping in the ancient air and instantaneously looking around. I absorbed everything in awe: the ground plastered with sand, the exhaust from the traffic of cars swirling up into the bright blue sky, the worn buildings, and copper-colored people rushing back and forthContinue reading “Living in Egypt for a Year”

Fire with No End | Poem

Broken. There’s no other word to describe it. You were hesitant to claim that this was the truth at first, but it’s exactly how it looks. The words that kept tumbling out of her mouth were made of fire. It burned even before it touched you. You know you’ve made mistakes. Plenty. But was thereContinue reading “Fire with No End | Poem”

Steadfastness Is Our Superpower

I often used to wonder why people lost faith until I realized how easy it was to do so.  It’s so easy to fall off the right path. It’s easy to stop doing the right things, indulge and follow our desires. Having the freedom to choose between right or wrong is difficult. I honestly sometimesContinue reading “Steadfastness Is Our Superpower”