“The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.”—Warsan Shire (via jodyphamdraws)
“O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin for which I spent the night in sleeplessness, savoring the pleasure of soon committing it and waiting in eager anticipation of its realization and fulfillment—until when morning came, I presented myself before You in the guise of the pious, while concealing in my heart what was against Your pleasure. [Forgive me,] O Lord of the Worlds!”—Hassan al-Basri
“He says: I’m Muslim.
As he brings the double shot of rum to his lips.
I imagine the way it burns as it slides down his throat.
He winces, then smashes the glass against table.
Everyone turns and cheers,
then they go back to their conversations.
He says it again — I swear.
I say: I know.
He looks at me with sad eyes.
Wallahi - he says,
still trying to convince me.
I say: I know.
I watch his eyes turn to glass as he downs another.
I swear I am Muslim - he slurs
I say: I know.
No— he says— you’re judging me, look
and he holds his hands over his ears and he begins to recite.
And I put my hand over his as people begin to stare.
And I say: I know.
And he begins to cry, and his tears look ancient, and his face contorts, and his mouth is open but there is no sound, and his body shudders.
And he tries again and again, never getting past Bismillah.
He keeps on saying “No you don’t understand I am Muslim, I am Muslim, I am Muslim, I am Muslim”
I know, I say.
And he holds the bottle to his mouth and he almost swallows it whole, and he says “marry me Aasiyah, I am a good man, my father is a hafiz of Quran,
it is just this Dunya, it is this world that has killed me”
I know, I say
I know.”—Key Ballah, an encounter. (via 9940km)
Every person who unjustly lost their life or limb in the conflict will find justice with Allah (s.w.). For the rest of us blessed not be in the line of fire, we should do what we can and contribute what we have to provide relief to the families whose lives have been torn by the conflict.
Al-Bukhari relates on the authority of Abu Hurairah who quotes the Prophet (ﷺ) as saying: “Speed up the funeral; if it is one of a good person, you are only taking that person to a good prospect. If otherwise, then he is no more than an evil you are putting off your shoulders.”
Nairobi shooting update: My cousins (a brother and a sister) were shot. The sister (22 yrs old) passed away, and her brother is in critical condition after being shot in the heart. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raajiuun. Please continue your prayers.