Abstract poetry on reciting the Qur’an.
Once said, twice repeated —
Said once in a realm unknown, a place where even the angels, those creatures of light, are disallowed, above a throne, somewhere above the seven heavens.
Repeated by the mightiest angel, then, by the Messenger of God…
Thoughts on the 2015 film directed by Nnegest Likké. Spoilers ahead.
I stumbled across this film while searching for films with female Muslim lead characters. The cinematography was un-spectacular, the storytelling was simple, the acting was mediocre at best, but certain themes stood out to me strongly.
What a good book can do to you.
This tentativeness to begin a new book, nervous to read childlike storytelling and poor wordcraft, and a simple, overtold and oversold drama. It’s contemporary authors, content to give shape and poetry to the everyday that write the best books — so mundane…
We are what we eat.
This delicious, tenderly seared piece of meat
Factory-slaughtered, battery-farmed, and delicious.
The lightly steamed veg,
Also lightly steamed and sprayed with pesticides,
And a small nation’s worth of soil
Leached with chemicals for greener, fresher vegetables.
That fruit, so juicy and sweet,
Post international flight…
These are not the days of old
And you do not fit the role
Wringing your hands, staying up till the AM
Waiting for your prodigal child to return
When others were counselling
Speaking measured, mature words of sense and responsibility
Into their unbaked dough children…
A dazzling array of global Islamophobic arts.
For our first act, ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure, we have our mighty giant, China!
Watch, how even with his size, he manages to move silently, with incredible nimbleness and precision. Cunning and intelligent, he has learned from Germany’s mistake, and…
Casual mentions of God and divinity in everyday language.
I am going to start using my God-conscious, divinely-infused speech around everyone now. With zero apologies and necessary annotations and explanations.
When you tell me that you wish me ‘good luck’ or the ‘absolute best’, I can never take your warm…
This edition is from my senior years of secondary school. It was painful to bring up, especially as I set a ‘no-editing’ rule as I typed it up. …
hot takes in quick words, with so many things that need to be said, we don’t even have time to write them in full anymore. quote after excerpt, we scan our way through works and writings of our times, often missing the bigger picture of craft, diligence and mastery. (1/2)
everything simplified, distilled, condensed into two-hundred and eighty characters, the world is being changed one tweet at a time. the revolution is exciting if you can keep up with it. (2/2)
As taken from text messages with a friend.
And so the story goes:
Once I woke up confused as to whether or not I had prayed Fajr that morning. I was semi-certain that I had gotten up, performed wudhu, and prayed. I had heard of people that had dreamed dreams…