Terrorless West

“It should have been snow

A recent image directly from Syria

A recent image directly from Syria

eyes and backs turned West neglect

A martyr’s warm end”

~zaahida

May God free the Blessed land of Syria, and the rest of the oppressed lands. May God obliterate our love for this world and its adornments and fill our hearts with Faith and love for our Nation. Ameen

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the Pride

Below the blazing Arabian skyline camouflaged  by a  smooth sea of dust , lies a thick oiled golden mane. loveySheltered by the shadow of his firm stature crawls out his bold yet sleek bride, full of pride. Every step she calculates, he already equates…in harmony they glide towards Paradise.
halfSafely tucked between every muscle is heavy artillery – a bullet for every enemy who dares to see.
When he falls, she roars to get him back up,  she Is his spiritual armour reminding him of His power.
On each mission they strive towards Paradise.
 
lion fight
 
On harsh days tempers flare, hot ego pumps through their veins.  A fuming argument, one of them has to submit. In  a moment of rage she subdues and he steams off. Only a bump along their everlasting journey towards the bliss of  Paradise.
 

halfhalfFrom the battle field they return,a day’s victory. Away from the brigade, they feast on their well-earned booty…

she glances

    he licks

she purrs

    he bites

she shrugs

    he strokes

their tails intertwine as they begin to dine

towards the Gardens’s of Paradise.

African Minimalism

not the sleek clean-cut concept of minimalism that the West has created – that I actually do admire – I mean the genuine, unpretentious, authentic minimalism.  This is the minimalism that has the power to change hearts, the one that can inspire a soul towards humility, a more tranquil temperament, detachment from materialism, capitalism, consumerism and being controlled by this fleeting world. Genuine minimalism is not supposed to cost more than it would to build or buy a regular home, is that not self-contradictory?

In the midst of the “deprived” resource rich land  of Afro Africa…

He wakes up to a chilly pre-dawn breeze, fetches water from the nearest river with a willing heart.  After he washes his limbs for Prayer, he then humbles his forehead on the grainy dust, leaving an abrasive stamp of inner-peace below his hairline. A day begins with the strongest foundation.

Xhosa landscape and dwelling

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rural Transkei an African homeland of the old South Africa-taken along the Transkei coast

Morocco

Man pouring the a la menthe from a teapot.

Man pouring the a la menthe from a teapot.

Heartfelt tea-time, green-tea aromas tint the tips of their noses as steam embraces the cold atmosphere.

Khoikhoi dwellings edged by rock border

Hottentot settlement

Little Namaqualand -- Province of Northern Cape -- South Africa

Little Namaqualand — Province of Northern Cape — South Africa

“By the sun and his forenoon radiance; and by the Moon as she follows him; and by the day when it displays him” – the day’s urgency sets in. Bath-time, not the warm soak surrounded by gold-plated taps and misty mirrors the opulent indulge in but a short cleanse that gets the job done – a moment to savour the bounty of fresh water.

Cooking fire in traditional Zulu hut

Cooking fire in traditional Zulu hut Shakaland Zulu Village in Kwa-Zulu Natal region of South Africa.

Cooking fire in traditional Zulu hut
Shakaland Zulu Village in Kwa-Zulu Natal region of South Africa.

With callus coated palms the wood is chopped. Gathered, they hover about the source of warmth, heated pots and illumination. Barefoot children hop and skip about the dusty path ways, as the warrior hunters seek prey around the rocky skyscrapers. A day’s pay consisting of a variety meat and the rest of nature’s bounties to feed the young – the pinnacle of manhood outside of the business suit.

South African Traditional Village

South Africa, Western Cape

South Africa, Western Cape

Tribal style

Handmade bags from Sudan and Kenya

Handmade bags from Sudan and Kenya

Women love beauty, they appreciate arts and creativity; living by what resources the Most High has made available to them, they put their hands to use and create for aesthetics and functionality. Their beauty lies within their spirituality, their dependable roles as nurtures, their intellect and ability to amass knowledge thus building a fortress throughout the community. They are not confined to their sensuality and designer brands – above it they rise and set the standard for womanhood.

LotImg15344After affirming their bond before the Most High, husband and wife build a  home of affection. A man not too proud to give time to his woman, he challenges her to a sprinting race, a gesture to tighten their bond, with her light frame she comes out of the race victorious. An act he adopted from an incident between Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his wife.  “The best among you is the one who is the best towards his wife”, said Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). So he does his best to help in the home, cleaning and mending clothes just like Muhammad (peace be upon him) did.

As the Sun allows the day to broaden towards the remaining Prayers, within the dusty muddy walls lies hidden treasure: Arabic script, on the family’s dry tongues lay Divine recitation. There is no progression without knowledge, strengthening bonds between our relation as brothers in humanity. This Book within their midst commands them to explore and know their surroundings, go beyond their animalistic instinct of feasting on desires and lusts – regardless of their primitive surroundings.

Timbuktu

From its grand mud structures which have stood the test of time and still fulfil their role as centres of prayer and learning, to the collections of scrolls and writings hidden in chests buried under the desert sands, Timbuktu is a treasure of African intellectual and spiritual History.

“From its grand mud structures which have stood the test of time and still fulfil their role  as centres of prayer and learning, to the collections of scrolls and writings hidden in chests buried under the desert sands, Timbuktu is a treasure of African intellectual and spiritual History.” –      Dr Hakim Quick

As the day ends with the alternation between brightness and darkness, “by the night when it draws a veil over him (the sun)“, they near closer and closer towards death – the only certainty. As time eats away at our hearts, we latch on to glossy materialism, famished souls seeking fulfilment in what will perish. We are fooled by the lights – neglectful of our purpose. “That which is on earth we have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them – as to which of them are best in conduct.” , says The Most Gracious, the Especially Merciful. 

Amboseli Masaai Reserve – Manyatta

Kenya. Houses are made of short poles, plastered with mud and dung.

Kenya. Houses are made of short poles, plastered with mud and dung.

Words in Italic are from the Noble Qur’aan, chapter #91:  The Sun.

Day of Standing

“The trumpet’s echoscreen-shot-2012-10-10-at-7-11-50-pm2

damp shoulders, hips, knees meet i

only see my feet”

~ zaahidah

“That Day, everyone will follow [the call of] the Caller [with] no deviation, and [all] voices will be humbled before the Most Merciful, so you will not hear except the tramp of their feet (as they march).” [Qur’aan 20:108]