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Black Holes and Sunrises

The dark blue fortified a foreign feeling, An enigmatic emotion that was not ready to testify. ‘Twas like ink submerging in the celestial ceiling. I verify the color that swept the surface of this sky. What may be declared of that which is not understood From the depths of a space that cannot be reached? A hollowing darkness where light never stood An engulfing entity that cannot be beseeched. Why do you attempt to achieve another galaxy? Distraught, then taught, of this universe’s plea Whilst surviving an existing fallacy...

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Of Masks

Written by Omar Shareef of Muslim Medicine for Muslim Youth Musings. He was but a young impressionable man from the hood, Naïve to the world but clung to faith as best as he could. Surrounded by a tempting torrential dark sea of lust and desire, Salacious images, caricatures, symbolisms that aimed to conspire. His mind flooded with preconceived notions of what he mistook for love, All to fill an empty void in his heart, companionship he was deprived of. His friends ate from fruits forbidden and enjoyed gratifications abound,...

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There Were Four

Written by Arif Kabir, Fatimah Waseem, Muhtasham Sifaat, and Sabera Akhter. At the break of dawn must four song sparrows learn to fly, So at the highest tree of their marsh, a plan they devise, That three would stay low to catch the one that climbs high. By the roots they stay, while on a branch, she wonders why The tiniest of the four shall be the first to greet the sky. She chirps a song of faith, seeking courage through her cry: “Let me glide, oh Lord of...

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With A Soul, I Fly

The following piece, “With a Soul, I Fly” by Hibbah Haddam, was chosen from a selection of submissions for Expressions: Sisters’ Open Mic, an event at George Mason University sponsored by Muslim Youth Musings. On November 28th, participants were given the opportunity to share poetry, perform spoken word in front of an audience, and compete for a chance to be published on MYM. A group of seven talented young female poets and spoken word artists rose to the challenge, exuding inspiration with powerful imagery, clever satire, smooth rhymes, and...

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Up and Away

There are days when the sun is on a chariot, bursting through the clouds. And I am elevated enough to throw my head back and allow its rays to greet me. Those same days I sweep down from that altitude to give my salaams to the city of grass that chippers in excitement when it sees me. There are days when the clouds are too melancholy to part their wisps for the sun. And I am elevated enough to feel them weeping warm rain. Those same days I sweep...

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Crimson Drenched Eyes

Another tear rolls down my cheek, I feel it meandering its way down, Joining the others to form a stream. I slowly close my crimson drenched eyes, Feeling the shatter inside my chest; The vessel has finally begun to leak. ‘In life you will meet all kinds of people’ I hear my father’s words ringing in my ears. But no matter how prepared you think you are, It will never be enough for this kind of betrayal. Treated appallingly in more ways than one, Their selfishness has made me...

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Ramadan Hitchhiker

Days draw horizontal lines In the hallow centre of my unkempt mind. Invisibly etched words leave their mark A standing silhouette in the lingering dark A Ramadan Hitchhiker I had always been Ramadan, a smokeless mirror, soul buried in sin I wandered through the month aimlessly No zeal or depth, only attempts made feebly My fasts, prayers, and actions steered in a ship anchored in misdeeds How would I one day reap what I sowed when I hadn’t planted the seeds? But one day everything transformed. One lasting prayer...

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Wisdom From Unlikely Sources

Go to any quotation site, and you’ll notice that most of the quotes come from famous people. However, whoever said that wisdom comes only from famous people? The following is a compilation of true stories and conjured tales from MYM staff writers (as well as a special guest writer towards the end) that think otherwise and have encountered wisdom from unlikely sources.  Here goes: Sr. Maryam: Go Down To Go Up I remember going to a hospital for a meeting with a doctor. I got off the car, the hospital’s entrance door...