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[30 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
Mama’s Motto

I choose to be unafraid.

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[3 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Muslimah: I am a Muslim Woman

Muslimah: I am a Muslim Woman
Fatimah Tazkia, Indonesia
I am a woman. I am Muslim. I wear hijab.
I am a woman who people will think of as helpless and in need of saving.
I am a woman who people will think of as jailed.
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They say, “This hijab covering your hair restricts you from doing many things.”
They say, “These loose clothes you wear keep you from taking part in your society.”
I am a woman who people will think of as a rebel.
Because in their mind, I have to sneak out …

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[19 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Hold

Hold
By Gowri Koneswaran

we’re taught to hold hands
when we cross the street
or walk with our mothers in parking lots or
navigate crowds with a friend and
don’t want to come out alone
hold hands with whomever is closest
when the power goes out
when the sirens come near
when the moving of men marches
silences into the corner
hold hands when
they come calling,
when they threaten,
“this is necessary to
teach you a lesson” or
“this is necessary
to protect you”
hold hands when we stand still,
when we walk, when
we run
when they tell us to
surrender
when they tell us
to do anything
hold hands when we
fall from the sky,
with …

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[11 Apr 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
Muslim Angel: A Poem

Muslim Angel: A Poem
By 2Deep the Poetess
 
Rush Hour
Dim light
The sound of the hustle and bustle of destined feet rush by
Head bobbing to the rhythm of modern complacency
Conformed to public transportation etiquette
Confined
Blending
Silenced
Until
Muslim angel,
Because such a thing exists,
Dressed in full, all white garb
Hijab edges outlined in sea-foam blue,
Magnifying her faith 10 times over,
Wonders towards me in a 5th attempt to gain assistance
Previous attempts brushed off by head turns
Flaps of Express newspapers in response to her
Popping like bullets of insults
As headlines of Osama’s demise dangle in her face
As if to say, “Look at what we can do …