“Home” by Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published […]

The Grass by Novid Shaid

“All things hang like a drop of dew Upon a blade of grass”. W B Yeats A lush and fertile patch of grass shivered in the breeze, sighing blissfully. Fully exposed to the benevolent sun and enriched by the timely monsoons, the grass grew to a staggering height, accommodating countless creatures great and small. Nothing, […]

“Your Attempts to Reach Allah are His Attempts to Reach You”

All night, a man called “Allah” Until his lips were bleeding. Then the Devil said, “Hey! Mr Gullible! How come you’ve been calling all night And never once heard Allah say, “Here, I am”? You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what? I’ll tell you what. Nothing! The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned. […]

Poem: “An example for mankind for all eternity”

The goodness of your character we cannot comprehend The prayers and peace we continually send A radiant smile which serves as charity In a world repeatedly torn by disparity Kindness and compassion you showed to the weak Displaying a character patient and meek Gentleness you share with family and foe Never allowing the seeds of […]

Mockery by Imam Zaid Shakir

A special thank you to New Islamic Directions for this insightful article. The original article can be viewed here [What is Mockery?] Mockery: Behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way. Mockery of entire groups has effectively been criminalized in Western societies. One would think thrice before publicly mocking […]

O Ramadan – Poem By Sidi Aashif Sacha

O Ramadan By Aashif Sacha O Ramadan, you are our noble guest, O Ramadan why must you leave so soon, O Ramadan, It felt like yesterday I saw your new moon, O Ramadan, you surely put our faith to the test, O Ramadan, you have waken our soul, O Ramadan, you have filled up that […]

As He Breathed His Last – Imam al-Ghazali’s Last Poem

From the Healing Hearts blog Imam Al Ghazzali woke up one early morning and as usual offered his prayers. He then enquired what day it was and his younger brother, Ahmad Ghazzali replied,”Monday.” He asked him to bring his white shroud, kissed it, stretched himself full length and saying “Lord, I obey willingly,” breathed his […]

Lesson of Life – Poem by Leila Adam

Lesson of Life by Leila Adam So, your Lord didn’t send you on a Great Quest To a famous noble sheikh for a teacher. Instead He sent you an annoying request From a brother John or sister Khadija. Do you doubt the Source of your predicament? Or the lesson He wishes you to learn? Do […]

Fabric of Life – A poem by Sister Leila Adam

Fabric of Life Whether you weave your days with work and dhikr Creating a unified fabric of life Or whether you fuse the fibres together Using random slashes of impulse and strife Either way you will produce a cloth that spreads Charming and looking good when put on show But when put to the test […]

La Ilaha Illalah! – Poem based on Qasida Burda – Novid Shaid

La Ilaha Illalah! By Novid Shaid, 2011 Sing it with sincere ardour! Drink it in with cheer and fervour! The authentic formula! La ilaha illalah! Hear it echo in your dreams! Wear this credo with esteem! It’s the manifesto supreme! La ilaha illalah! Through it strengthens certainty! View it with sincerity! Imbue it, oh humanity! […]