Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wed Rant: Angels

Assalamu Alaikum sisters!

I hope you are all excited for a new year coming. But don't forget that angels are watching...

Recently I was listening to a lecture, I forget by who, but it was about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). One thing mention that popped out to me was this: "Don't walk in your house naked, there are creatures (the angels) inside your house."

So my mind hit scattered thinking. Back to the prophet's story. Remember when he was in the cave? And angel Jibreel came to him. Our Prophet didn't know it was the angel. He thought it was a jinn. And you know he rushed to Khadejjah's arms, asking for comfort: telling the story. She then did an experiment. When she took of her hijab, the presence went away and when she put it back on it came back.

See? Angels know and understand modesty.

So then I thought of myself. At times I forget to take off my hijab, but I know it's there. And so when I heard this I was thinking maybe that's why. Anyways, when I come home- even if all the fam was out, we say Salaam. We acknowledge the angels.

So keep them in mind, if they know modesty and show it, we should do the same.

I hope you took something out of this and if you didn't, search my blog for angel. You'll find a couple of poems. Thank you for reading! Till Friday, peace!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday Blessings #9: Religion

Hello readers,

It's the day after christmas, 2 days left in Hanukkah, 4 days until New Year's Eve! I hope you're all stuffed with food and love; may it keep going on. We are in the middle of holidays and I think this post is perfect: Religion by Kate. It inspired me, but after I wrote this poem. I hope you enjoy both, thanks! (:

Why does religion have a name?

Islam means submission to God
and its follower, a Muslim,
follows Muhammad (pbuh) and his doings
dedicating time to worship God.

Judaism is for Jews
the relationship they created with God.

Christianity is for Christians
following the teachings of Jesus.

So why does religion have a name?
We all believe in the same God,
same angels and prophets...

We all interpret it in our own ways
yet I still don't know why religion has a name
and I don't care...

As long as I keep getting closer to God
and He accepts me.

(written on Dec 21, 11)

love, Fida

Saturday, November 26, 2011

1 Muharram 1433

Assalamu Alaikum sisters,

As I hope you know, today is the first day of the new year in the Islamic calendar. We're already starting our 2012!

Since Friday night and today I've been spending it writing poetry about nature and love. And working on my nano. (W)rite now, my total is 9,990 words.

My goals for this new year:

1) write 1k each day for novelizing. Make poetry big, maybe start getting paid.

2) Exercise body: Yoga 30 mins each day.

3) Exercise soul, too! Pray all 5 prayers, fast, keep tongue moist Allah's name... (just keep improving as Muslim)

4) Be more outgoing and strong emotionally and physically. Stand up for what you believe. If frustrated be able to talk what really is on your mind (resource teacher does care).

5) Last but not least, love. (it's hard to explain, but Allah knows what's in my heart and if He wills, will make it come true sooner than I think).

Have a great new year and may Allah bless us all! Ameen! (:

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

Friday, October 7, 2011

This Might Explain...

Hello readers,

Escape

I get no break
I have no escape
except in my thoughts
blocking everything out
and thinking of Allah.

I have no escape
unless I find silence
and stay there

like in nature
seeing, feeling
makes me calm
and helps me find my peace.

In Allah, is my only refuge.

(written Sept 20, 11)

thank you,
Fida

Saturday, September 17, 2011

To You, Zara

Hello readers,



Zara

Ever since we 'met'
we found each other
intertwined with similarities

A love for writing
sharing them through blogging,
through a magazine we both write for

Together we grew closer
loving each other in what we had to share
and had to see.

Without you is like any friendship I had
missing that person
until we're together again.

Love, Fida

P.S. I hope one day we really do meet.
Happy Birthday, Zara!! (-:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

All Mighty Pen

Assalamu Alaikum sisters,


Remember my poem, Part of Something? And how I entered in the mighty pen for the second time? Well this time, I'm the one that won the award!! (: Tomorrow I start my first day of my last year in high school! Till then, have a great last two weeks of Ramadan!

thank you,
Fida

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Part of Something

Assalamu Alaikum sisters,


It's the 11th day of Ramadan. I entered into my second mighty pen. You'd think it's another rare story by me but my mind was going down memory lane after yesterday's Iftar. Enjoy!

Part of Something

You don't understand!
I can't, I can't
just go up there
and be part of the group.

I'm a quiet girl
yes I'm a familiar face
from classes
but what do I say

I'm not used to this,
only one on one
just leave me alone.

(written Aug 11, 11)

- by Fida Islaih
Prompt by I Take the Pen


Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Blessings #8: Ramadan

Assalamu Alaikum sisters,

It's already week two of Ramadan. I haven't posted any poems last week, so following is a motivation poem:

Color My Path

{Look at the sunset,
all those beautiful colors
they don't change
just everyday but every moment;
they fade and new comes...}

{For you
let the stress and tears
fade away
and let the happiness and smiles
be your path.}


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P.S. Remember my story, Angel Help. I wrote it as part of a contest Krista, at I take a Pen, was doing. I didn't win, but I did get honorable mention for my story being the most uplifting (when you click the link, scroll to the bottom to see what I mean.) Enjoy!

love, Fida

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Short Story - An Angel's Help

Hello readers,


An Angel's Help

"Outside the rain fell like gray sheets over the world. Trees bent, kneeling to the force of the wind. In the distance, a brilliant blue flash of light broke the sky. Moments later the answering rumble of thunder rolled through the air.

I watched the storm through the glass window. My gratitude for the shield provided by my small home increased with the intensity of the storm. Another flash of lighting and the room plunged into darkness. This time the thunder shook the house.

Behind me, I heard the eerie sound of a door creaking open. My blood ran cold. Slowly I turned..."

Slowly I turned to see no shadowy figure. Yet my cat kept on looking around and meowing. I remember learning that cats see not only better but another dimension.

It got me thinking when a flash of light lit the doorway and I heard a voice. I still couldn't really see, but what I saw amazed me. It was wings of an angel.

"Peace be with you, daughter of Eve. You've been a good Muslim, but lately, you went into a dip."

I stood there in shock, how does the angel know. As if it can read my mind he answers, "You know God knows everything. He sent the storm, much bigger, as a sign. And I'm here to let you know that. Pray and I'll send it above."

I do start praying and soon the angel's gone.

-Flash fic by Fida Islaih

Prompt by I Take the Pen

Friday, July 15, 2011

Faith Friday: Believe

Hi to my new readers! 


If you're here for my poetry fest entries, go one post down. If you're here for my entry for Ali Cross's blog fest, it's a little different than you expect but enjoy!

Unexpected Turns

It's Independence day
or just the fourth or July
if you want to call it that
yet that doesn't matter
when something unexpected happens.

Going to Niagara Falls as a family
was the plan,
but having sat in a car for 8 hours
and being surrounded by boys
was too much.

My body ached
emotionally and physically
I wanted to be alone.

I got that for a few
but my little cousin
also stayed behind
and wanted me to hang out.

I did for awhile
but sleep was calling
and I was able to answer.

But again I was interrupted
cuz the family was home
talking about the fun
seeing a sunset on the falls
and the fireworks coming after that
they say I missed so much
and I know I did
but rest was really needed.

~137 words

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Also, there is the #TourdeWriting going on. My word count for this first week is only 186 words. And finally for my sisters, I found a new love, Maher Zain- I Believe. Enjoy!




thank you,
Fida

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Last Day of Poetryfest


Assalamu Alaikum sisters,

Before I get to my third and last poem of the blog fest, I have an award to mention. As you know, earlier this year TheSisWhoSmiles awarded me the Butterfly Award. Along with me, she awarded The Creative Muslimah. And yesterday The Creative Muslimah awarded me the award that was awarded to the both of us. Now enjoy this poem. 


Butterfly

Everyone has their own kind of wings
so fly away and be a butterfly
showing your colors
to the world
also helping those along the way.

You feed them
to work their wings
and be their own
just like you.

Keep it up
yet be like a
sunrise and a sunset
going over the horizon,
but remembering to come back
and shine your light on those you love.

(c) Jul 2011

thank you,
Fida

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Poetry Schmoetry: Silence

Assalamu Alaikum sisters,


I'm entering my first blog fest ever! Also, it's a poetry one! The blog fest is called Poetry Schmoetry. My first entry was Monday's poem, today is the second entry, and i'A tomorrow will be the third and last. So enjoy!

Silence

Silence is all I need
after all this
rushing here and there
everyone is piling work on my
I take it as stress
overflowing my frustration level
I want to rest, I want to cry
I know nothing will stop, stay still

But all I need silence
to brighten me up.

thank you,
Fida

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Blessings #7: Motivation

Assalamu Alaikum sisters,

I'm back and with motivation for you!


Got my feet on the ground
I'll keep on going
no matter the obstacle

I may take a little break
but enough to get my energy back
and feet back on the ground.

(written Jul 9, 11)

love, Fida

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Monday Blessings #6: Sisterhood

Assalaamu Alaikum sisters!

My number one blessing: sisterhood! xx

Wanna know what I'm talking about and why. Check out Dear Little Auntie's 'You've Got Mail :D' Here's a poem I wrote inspired by them:

Stand Up

Stand up
and be the person you want to see,
stand up
and be the person you want to be,
no more waiting
just stand up and walk.

You'll meet sisters along the way
ready to help
give you a hand
pull you forward, push you on

Yet take your time,
your own pace
to each decision

Just know
Allah is here and ready.

(written Jun 27, 11)

Love, Fida

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Blessings #5: A Big Thanks!

Hello readers,

Thanks SisWhoSmiles and Zara for the best online birthday wishes!! You are two people I would LOVE to meet (:

Usually you would get to read a poem from me, but recently I've lost my touch to find inspiration anywhere. Insha'Allah, though, I'll have it back.

For now, a poem by Zara dedicated to me as part of her special b-day message to me:

A beautiful sister who writes such beautiful poetry,
Just through her words opens the beauty of her heart,
It unfolds the messages, the meanings, And simplicity of her mind,
One can not compare the thoughts that appear so kind.

She unravels the importance of her life-
Through signficant meanings of Islam,
Each word touches the readers soul,
Forever there for the world to unfold.


Thanks again!! ((:

Fida 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Exclusive: B-day Blessings

Hello readers,

Yes, it's my birthday! This girl is finally 18 :-) That means I edited my accomplish list. Did I do them or not? What else do I have in mind? Btw this will be Monday's Blessings on a Friday. That's partly why it's exclusive. :-)

For now, 18 things I'm thankful for:

1. Going on Facebook and seeing so many 'happy birthdays!'

2. Going shopping and actually getting more than one thing!

3. After so long, I finally went to our Friday khutbah and got to see people I haven't seen in a while.

4. Having the family I do, even if we don't get along, there are those special moments.

5. The ability to the happiness and light around me, and get it into me, no matter the mood.

6. My smiles and the fact it's what everyone loves at first sight :))

7. I'm finally seeing/ making the changes I need as a Muslim and a healthy eater.

8. The friendships I have had for so long is still strong.

9. For the way Allah has made my friends, for me to look up to.

10. The making of new friends.

11. I can't forget the teachers that have helped me to where I am now.

12. Also, my cats. They are my therapy; being able to feel their soft fur and feel them sniffing me when I'm in my sadness.

13. My writing... it has taken me far in looking in a new light, appreciating what Allah has given me, and being published!!

14. My blog... after working so hard and being patient I have enough loving readers and 4 awards under 6 months, masha'allah!!

15. For always learning! May my poetry reflect that.

16. For being me, even though I have a disability I'm strong and have a talent to cover it, alhamdulillah!

17. For living in a country that's doing well, that lets me wear hijab.

18. Last, but not least... I'm blessed for what will come because it's all from Allah and he gives what I need not want, alhamdulillah! :)

Love, Fida

Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Blessings #4: Summer!

Assalaamu Alaikum sisters!

My number one blessing: summer! No school for a little while :)

{I finally got my much needed dr. appointment even though it was a little overwhelming}

{I'm no longer a junior, but a senior! I'll be 18 in less than 2 weeks!}

{I have all the time I want to work on my much waited novel and improve as a Muslima and person}

{My mother with her strength and encouraging words for me}

{Last but not least, Allah's words. "With hardship comes ease." & "He doesn't burden a soul with more than it can hold." & "He made everyone in there best form."}

Alhamdulillah :D

Fida

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sensations of Space

Hello readers,

In Creative Writing, we had to write a series of 10 short poems. Each of them about 3 lines long & written for 3 minutes. The tricky part we have to write about what our eyes fall on. Here's some of them.

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People

White, brown, tan
All colors of love and peace
People, I love you
All for the sake of God.

People all around me
Some help, some hurt
But we're all here for the sake of God.

---

Trashcan

Throw all your worries away
Don't let it hold you down
Cuz baby, I love your smile.

---

Tornado

A twister of life
Messing with your mind
Just let the little things pass
And it'll be alright.

---

Clock

Tick-tock
time of my life
laugh and smile
All you want.

---

Angel Wings

Baby, you're my angel
take me away
to a place where
I can always smile.

---

Closet

I find every color
I need to wear
Holding outfits
Of three cultures.

thank you,
Fida

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday's Blessings #3

Hello readers,

Y time with just mama Y spending great time talking and laughing with friends Y finally having a good day at school after a long while Y love how spring brings a large load of inspiration Y having readers/sisters who love me and my poetry.

stay inspired,

Fida

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday Blessings #2

Hello readers,

Y Always and forever the family, friends, and teachers that care Y even though my body has been achy these past few days, I'm happy to get the rest I need Y the heart to heart talks I have with my Spec. Ed. teacher Y for my mom knowing how I feel without asking me Yafter hours art! Y CHOCOLATE and double chocolate chip drinks Y the poems I write and how it touches the hearts of readers Y I can't forget Allah, who has guided me the right way.

stay inspired,

Fida

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 15: Should, Should Not

Hello readers,


You Shouldn't

You shouldn't ignore
reading between the lines when you really care;
they may need a gentle touch
or for you to listen to why those tears are falling.

You shouldn't ignore
love is the key.

(written Apr. 14, 11)

thank you,
Fida

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: Hidden Sentence

Hello Poetteers,

Poetry is great at sending messages. It is like a puzzle when interpreting it. Sometimes it is a puzzle in a different way. It may have hidden sentences.

Poetry

Poetry creates an imagE
One line or many are used to express their hate and loVE
Even though it may sound hard, but let youR
heart guide you to how and whY
Together you'll feel lighT
Reading by you and others Help learn and inspire.
You'll fill with prIde.
In your mind, things are inspiriNg
So let yourself Go

Stay inspired,
Fida

For instructions to make your own, download the poetry puzzles guide

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: Feelings

Update 4-1-11: poem published on Dear Little Auntie.

Hello readers,


I Want To

I want to feel the excitement again
the calm, the enlightening
of praying;

I want to feel the purity again
splashing water, having a smile
if reading the quran;

I want to feel the freshness again
of being a Muslim.

Inspired by TSWS on her post, Falling in Love.

Fida

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Blessings #1

Hello readers,

Today is the start of a new blog series called Monday Blessings where I share with you some of the blessings i've noticed this past week. 

Y For going to the Indy Girls Qiyaam Y I'm an oversensitive gal. I cry once a week and sometimes more; this past week is the only time I remember not crying. Y My mind is on poetry inspiration overload Y Seeing someone I love wearing my favorite color, purple Y I always feel like I need so much chocolate to make it through the week. I realized I don't need that much Y Having warm weather with a nice breeze Y The rain on my face after a bad day Y For my family and friends Y For the feeling of seeing someone you love soon Y Best of all, being a Muslim and having Allah by my side!!

stay inspired,

Fida

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: My Mind

Hello readers,

"I love the rain because no one sees me crying. I love the wind because I can close my eyes and know everything will eventually be okay."

My Mind
By day my mind...
is everywhere else but here;
I push on and as I do another part
I blank...
not remembering, not thinking
I still push on, but that special someone
notices the look I have
"you've had enough."
just take a break.

A true, fresh from the heart poem written right when school let out. Insha'Allah, I'll have a better day.

Fida

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Flash Fic: Covered

Hello readers,

Why Are You Covered?

It's a question I always hear. I'm a Muslim girl and I'm doing what I need to do. That's also the reason why I didn't get much sleep last night. It's Ramadan and I was at the mosque helping set out the food and breaking my fast. I might have been stuffing my face, but my family is known to help the community a lot. We give money to charity, but we also go to random people's houses and see if the need anything done. I have to say we don't help just because we're Muslim. I'm an undercover ninja!

This is my first attempt on flash fiction. As you know my writing is my own original piece. Please do not reproduce without permission.

btw, check out this site I found: Ninjabi Comics.

Fida

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bits and Pieces: Change

Hello readers,

Change

Why does change have to be so hard?
Why can't things stay the way they are?

I love the way everything went
the way i was able to smile
and not be pushed or rushed.

This poem is still in mid-writing and I still feel like changing it. Ha! Change is the topic... well maybe I'll let you continue it and write your own version.

Fida

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Web Find: Jannah Poetry

Hello readers,


I found this poem on The Ideal Muslimah page. It's beautiful, Masha'Allah! I know you'll agree, so go watch it!



In this blog world, I found so many sisters and recently I found Riham at Beauty of Islam. You'll be touched and inspired!

Till I come back... enjoy!!

Fida

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Titles on Tuesday

Hello readers,

It's the first of February, so let's start this month with something cool. That's how the U.S. is feeling: bitter cold and icy. We can stay warm with love and laughs!

Yesterday, resource class made my day. So I had a good last day of January. Why? I'm still working on that memoir I mentioned earlier. I got my resource teacher to read it. Later I offered her to help me with the title. She got the whole class involved. Here are some of the titles they came up with:

  1. Hijabs R Us
  2. Cover Girl
  3. Covered but Not Forgotten
  4. The Great Cover Up
  5. The Oppression of the Unoppressed
Comment: What do you think? Is there anything else you can think of?

Fida

Friday, January 28, 2011

Faith Friday: Story poem

3/11/11 Update: poem published on Dear Little Auntie.

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Hello readers,

I can definitely say this week is better than the rest of January, Alhamdulillah! I'm taking a creative writing class and our first project was to write a memoir. While writing I was inspired to write a corresponding poem:

Cover Girl

That girl...
inspired by so many women,
women that cover.

Seeing them, wanting to be...
like them, with them.

That girl
taking the step
to become that covered girl.

Tough times came
being stared at and questions asked,
even being poked at.

But being in a sisterhood
they helped pull through
knowing God is who to please.

Through time
she became stronger,
more confident;

she became free.

(inspired on Jan 27th, but written on Jan 28, 2011).

thank you,
Fida