Sunday, 4 February 2018

Marmalade

Let it marmalade
but conjecture into the whitened abyss,
Let it marmalade,
let it be sugar to your lips,
Let it be lovely marmalade,
the pink dust flies for the brightened wayside,
let it be nice, marmalade,
and cry for me in a life tried.
Please marinate the gritty soul song and
sway your great hips for tradition,
for what is life,
but a sugary bowl of cereal at night.



Saturday, 14 October 2017

The pavement flood

Brown beaten sneakers slide up the waterfront
the glass sea explodes with one crunch
its ceiling cries out from all its burdens proclaimed
the teardrop rain carries on its war of flames
Miss sneakers travels up to the arid ex-marsh
and is martialled to salvation by a truth sheathed false.
balls of glass jade hit her skull
she sulks to the land
with her imagination in hand
to the reality of pavement pools,
puddles and floods. 



Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The dua

my pink tongue pierced
with a hateful thorn
my mind shattered
by my heart - so lovelorn.
the darkest corner of my room
also stores some gold
I crawl into that very abyss
with all the strength of a newborn foal
Halfway I trip
into a threadbare casket
the very death I feared
retreated like a sinful king
for a dua I whimpered
on my way to greed and dark lay
split the ceiling forth
and let calm touch my brain.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

TLC

Tender, Loving, Comparable
he says
Tender, Lost and Calm
she says
Love, ever the dictator
tears them apart,
They are hook and sinker'd
By the ring that encloses them
Never be free,
lonely with thee
there is nothing more isolating
than the morning paper's sports page
televising your husband's
non-care.

Zipped and Unlocked

Three Zips unlock
a damaged soul
a torn heart
and ?
the second zip
revels
in shrouded beauty
the third reveals
broken love as art
the first -
well that zipper don't work
it is naked and bare to the
unsheathed eye
that my love is alien
it is a force in a cell
imprisoned by madness
caught by cupid's flame
soaked in unrequited
despair and war,
hate.



Are you/we shallow?

I would say a quite high percentage of people I have come across in my life are really shallow, in the sense that they take advantage of others easily and would readily rank you low in their self-concocted hierarchy one they find out you're different to them and others in their friendship network. Still learning to love others and wish them well so I don't become a big meany lol.



Friday, 19 May 2017

Thoughts on voting

Also posted on amaliah.com

For me, I didn't always find it accurate to say that voting was the ultimate way to express a political opinion.

Indeed, before turning the voting age I had attended my full share of political demos and had contributed plenty of dramatic think pieces to the local paper as student correspondent.

However, since turning 18 I have mostly disengaged with voting and elections, mainly owing to my lack of confidence in the political structure of the UK, and in the mainstream British parties and candidates.

However, the primary factor for my abstention from voting was my faith.

So as I ask why Muslims haven't made themselves into a strong electoral contingent in the 
UK, I feel that the answer lies in some introspection.

Firstly, my enquiry into the subject of voting in the British Islamic community is firstly rooted in my personal experiences as a non-voter, and now as a registered member of the electorate.

It was during initially the 2010 elections in the United Kingdom that I first came across the non-voting opinion.

As silly as it sounds, I found out that voting could be disallowed through a nasheed rap video. These singers deigned it haram to vote and gave a brief overview of why that was so 
through this song.

Mainly, their argument for voting abstention was that it was haram (forbidden) because legislation belonged to Allah only.

That the Qur'an and Sunnah should source all Law is something that I agree with - as believing in Allah as the sole legislator is a cornerstone of our faith.

I would further argue that since Allah created us and gave us understanding, life, intellect and everything we operate with as human beings - we should then give credence to the guidance that Allah gave to us.

However, we also need to now deal with the life we have in our hands.

I would love to live under a perfect government led by the same humility and faith as the Rashidun Caliphates in the early days of Islam.

However, being born in Western Europe and brought up in the UK, I feel like I have a right and responsibility to engage in my current context.

That is – to acknowledge that it’s good to reflect and discuss the past (hey, I'm a History undergrad as it is) - but also to build and fix for my community’s future, and also its now?

For example, what are we Muslims going actually to do about rising tuition fees? Given that only 20% of the Muslim community in the UK are in full-time employment, where/what are the avenues for investment in our education, and thus our economic lives?


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31435929

The above is my primary concern. The socio-political and economic disenfranchisement of the Muslim community in Britain is something that only for discussion when framing the issue of integration and assimilation against Muslims. 

Uplifting and enhancing the lives of British Muslims has never been a non-patronising policy concern, which shows that there is a cognitive dissonance from our government and society towards British Muslims.

Yet, the existence of the above quandary is partially and collectively our fault.

Firstly, the British Muslim community needs to unshackle themselves from their apathy toward challenging the status quo outside of their communities - in a reasonable manner.

Another issue I take with is that charity has diverted the political efforts of British Muslims rather than infrastructural change. Ma Sha Allah! 

As far as I know, Muslims are the leading charitable group in the UK.

However, I wish there were more think tanks, more NGOs, more awareness groups that could help to improve the lives of British Muslims strategically.

The above could be a possibility should Labour's Jeremy Corbyn be elected this summer, the leverage on various socio-economic constraints could help British Muslims have an easier movement toward their political and personal goals.


However, we will fall and take some steps back by refusing to vote and dismissing our two million voices in the process.  

Marmalade

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