Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Blessings: Reminisce On 2012

Salaam readers!

With it being New Years soon and being snowed in, I reminisce on how 2012 went. Alhamdulillah.

Starting with the most recent, on December 19th I officially graduated high school and a week later had a small party. During November for NaNoWriMo I wrote 13,880 words. And on Nov 29, the UN recognizes Palestine as a State. On October 31st I got my driver's permit! In June my class had our graduation walk! Also in June was my birthday! Last but not least, on April 7th I took my first hike! And just a little thing, In Jan my best friend introduced me to what is now one of my fave artists, Kina Grannis. Alhamdulillah!

Other than that, two giveaways are happening. A birthday one at Heather McCorkle's blog and another at Teens Can Write, Too!

Have a happy last day of 2012 and have an even greater New Year!!

-Fida Islaih
{all writing is copyrighted}

Friday, October 5, 2012


Hello readers,


Being in a relationship is like being in an ocean
you find out something bad
and you wade out

Yet you feel like missing the person
you wade in
wondering if you should keep going in
or walk back out.

{written 8:59 p.m. Oct 4, 12}

-Fida Islaih
{all writing is copyrighted}

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Remember Rachel

Hello readers,

Rachel Corrie

Rachel is one of those young ladies
beautiful inside and out

Once a young girl
knew along that she cares about the people
In college, yet old enough to volunteer her time
she went to visit Gaza

With other activists
she protested for resources
for those having homes demolished

She lived with these people
learning the culture
writing her thoughts

But Israel doesn't care
if she's American, she's protesting for Palestinians
they ran over and killed her
with a bulldozer

We will remember the injustice
but more than that
we will remember Rachel
for the work she's done, the love she has
as her spirit lives on

I guess we all have a little Rachel Corrie in us
we just have to be more active
fighting for her and the Palestinians.

{written 2:00 p.m. Aug 28, 2012}


Fida Islaih

This poem is now published in Her Olives

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Preparing for Tomorrow

Assalaamu Alaikum sisters,

It's day 6 of Ramadan. This morning after sahoor I decided to go ahead and watch a lecture now instead of later in the day. This lecture I watched is: Welcome College, Preparing for Tomorrow by Yasmin Mogahed

Of course, I had taken notes. I've already shared them on my twitter and my Tumblr, so I decided to share it here, too.

So this is what I got from the video:

Have taqwa and plan for the hereafter. Don’t be like those who forget Allah. If you forget Him, He will make you forget yourself. Keep that in mind because it happens to those in college.

Find and stay with those who try to please Allah. Don’t overlook them. There is a Hadith that even mentions this is like a perfume shop. You leave with good even if you just sit among them. There is also a Hadith that talks about what the angels do with the good.

I think we all want that. But first, we have to remember Allah for him to remember us. Remember Him as much as you want. Even if people call you crazy, don’t listen. Allah is what we think of Him. And when we mention Him, He will mention us to a greater group.

So stand firm and respond with good.

And stay connected. Keep the Quran with you. It speaks to you specifically for whatever the situation. All of this is just a means. It will lead you to a greater end.

Allah is One. Get to know Allah. Cuz of that, the more you love and serve Him.

This is a reminder for me first and then to you.


Fida Islaih

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Mother's Touch

Hello readers,

This pieces was inspired by a storm.

A Mother's Touch

It starts storming
and you wake up, startled
you hide under your blanket
and cover your ears
hoping either the storm will pass
or you will fall back to sleep

Neither happens
you take deep breaths and make dua'
your mom wakes up, thinking of you
and comes to your room

You move over
and she hugs you
giving you a rub until you fall asleep

She stays by you until morning comes
and you thank her
and you both thank God.

{written around 4:50 a.m. Jun 30, 2012}

-written by Fida Islaih
(all writing is mine and is copyrighted)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Likes & Dislikes

Assalamu Alaikum readers,

I've been on an iffy mood lately, so I started rambling on dislikes. But we need to balance it out with likes. So here goes:

I dislike that after we spent time together we don't say a closure of see you later or bye.

I dislike that sometimes you're too busy for me. Or that you just put me at then end because you want to.

I dislike being rushed or having to wait too long.

I like that you read my notes and sometimes even my eyes, that you give a gentle touch and come talk with understanding and give advice. I like that you give me a chance to get out of class and collect myself.

This is just a few. There is more, but I don't want to enter a never ending rambling. Allah did make us human with emotions, yet we have to understand and accept that Allah has a reason for every good and bad that happens. Insha'Allah and Alhamdulillah.

There is, though, some people I want to tag: Zara, Fatimah, and TheSisterWhoSmiles. And if you want to, you can tag yourself.

I hope you are having a better day than me,

-written by Fida Islaih
(all writing is mine and is copyrighted)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review - Moving Across the Globe

Hello readers,

I recently read Habibi by Naomi Shibab Nye. Habibi is Arabic for my love or darling. One would think it is about a romance brewing, but instead, it is about the mixed feelings of moving out of the country. Liyana, the main character, and her family move from America to Palestine.

Before arriving in Palestine, there is another trip. The family had a stop in New York and went sightseeing. The father shares stories of when he arrived years ago.

Soon enough they arrive in Palestine and on that same day they meet their relatives. Within one country are many different cultures and one gets to see it play a role in the family's life.

Liyana finally finds a friend, yet it is a boy, a Jewish boy. One would think trouble will brew, but another barrier is broken. As one reads on, one sees modern mixed with the old and the simple life Palestinians live.

One could notice the little things like the shops, food, and dessert. If one tried the food before and gets pleased easily, one might drool. Parts of the book will give humbling feelings for the Bedouins, refugees, and of things that happen. The book is more about hugs and kisses than gunshots.

It makes one want to go to Palestine. Finally, this book should be picked up if one wants to learn about a different culture.

thank you,
Fida Islaih

(all writing is mine and is copyrighted)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's 2012!

Assalamu Alaikum sisters!

It's the first day of 2012. Before I get to it, I'd like to say I didn't post about looking over 2011 cuz what I wrote was too personal. Way more than my poems. I know, shock. 2011 has been a year of bad changes in me, and towards the end is the only time I realized why.

So may 2012 bring much more light to me and you. My moment as the years changed was clasped hands, in hope. Alhamdulillah!

New Year

It's New Years Eve
hours tick by
it's New Years!

As the minute changes
my hands clasp in hope
for so much...

but the most of all, through both days
I tell myself
I won't shed any tears...

not for all the bad that's happened
not for the good I'm leave
not for that fact of change
not for anything.

All I'm doing is hoping
telling myself

I won't shed any tears, today.

{written Jan 1, 2012}