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i first met one of my closest childhood friends when we were twelve years old. i can distinctly remember the day we were introduced – two fresh-faced middle schoolers sitting a few seats away from each other in the warmth of a school library: exchanging small talk – hesitant at first, then with more excitement; […]

“why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? because it is up to you. there is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. it is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; […]

my life will only rise as high as the people i choose to live it with. i must not choose to spend my days, wandering valleys. i must choose mountains. i must choose air. i must choose the taste of flight. – reminder to self: seek the company of friends who help you manifest your […]

nothing but beauty

ya Zaynab, the time has come to bid Hussain farewell horrors to pass the rising of a bloody moon foretells ya Zaynab, how shall i say what’s to come tomorrow? creeping to the desert’s shores are crimson waves of sorrow ya Zaynab, with what words can i say what heartbreak is yet to happen on […]

the smallest acts

there have been times an infant this has shown that age does not define how much you know the wisdom that we look for in the skies is oft found in the youngest child’s cries there have been times without having to speak servants of God managed the greatest deeds unrecognized by servants of this […]

wa Hussaina

chronology of events on the day of Ashura

sweeter than honey

the meeting of swords, the clashing of souls brought by dawn after silence of night thousands who fight for darkness to prevail— less than one hundred warriors of the light the tenth of Muharram on Karbala’s sands a battle this morning has bloodily raged a few hours the length of centuries seems a grief by […]

karbala, of the Divine

gentle reminders to myself before anyone else this Muharram: One: the message of Imam Hussain (a) is the message of Allah (swt). the stand he took, the sacrifice he and his companions made – was all for Allah. he was able to enact the revolution that he did, to live for what he did, to […]

o eyes, shed your tears

O eyes shed your tears Muharram’s moon has turned in these days Hussain’s blood is spilled— the tents of Zaynab burned O eyes shed your tears the caravan arrives soon will the sands redden with blood— the children’s gasping cries O eyes shed your tears a battle now will rage a noble band of few […]

“for a lover of the Chief of Martyrs, one applause from Imam Hussain (ع) is more valuable than all the pleasures of the world.” —ayatullah misbah yazdi the secret of ashura’s immortality