Header by Nayyirah Waheed.

“And if all the trees on Earth were pens
and the ocean was ink
with seven oceans behind it to add to it–
the words of God would not be exhausted.”
Qur’an, 31:27

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“[Blindly] following ancient customs and traditions does not mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead.” -Ibn Khaldun

“You say I mean nothing to you
but you search for my eyes in the face of every woman you meet.”
-Najwa Zebian

“For you, a thousand times over.” -Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“The ink of a [real] scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr.” -Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

“At the heart of every legend is a grain of truth.” -Michael Scott

“A word of truth in the face of a tyrant is the best jihad.” -Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

“The most beautiful thing about modesty is that you lose yours as soon as you police another’s. This is its nature.” -thefatalfeminist

“Me?” A laugh. “Oh…I think the pedantic indulges the absurd.” -Khaled Abou El Fadl

“Only when we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for anyone except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him.” -Sahih Muslim, #2999

“Historically, what is or isn’t mainstream (in Islam) has always been a function of power, not of truth.” (Iyad El-Baghdadi, Arab Spring activist)

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell

“All the children of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent.” -Ibn Majah

“Ya Allah, if I worship you for fear of Hell, burn me in Jahannam. If I worship you for desire of Heaven, exclude me from Paradise. But if I worship you for your own sake, deny me not your Everlasting Beauty.” -Rabia Al-Adawiyah

“The traditional Islamic ambience, both the plastic and the sonoral, have always been beautiful, for traditional Islam sees beauty as a complement of the Truth.” -Seyyed Hossein Nasr

“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“Speak now or forever hold your peace…in pieces.” –Almost Here, the album


-from The Search for Beauty in Islam, A Conference of the Books: Khaled Abou El Fadl

“Kindness/gentleness is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but that it becomes defective.” -Sahih Muslim, Book 3, #6274

❤️“Do not regret a war that has matured you.” -Mahmoud Darwish

“Those mountains you are carrying
You were only supposed to climb”
-Najwa Zebian

“What is meant to be yours will find its way to you even if it is beneath
two mountains and
what is not meant to be yours cannot be taken
even if it is between your two lips…”
Attributed to the Prophet, PBUH

“Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little. But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?” -Thomas Daggett, The Prophecy

“I said what about my eyes
“God said Keep them on the road.
“I said what about my passion
“God said Keep it burning.
“I said what about my heart
“God said–Tell me what you hold inside it
“I said pain and sorrow
“He said–stay with it.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you”

“Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is the same as that of the religious fanatics, and it springs from the same source . . . They are creatures who can’t hear the music of the spheres.” -Einstein

“Heaven hath no rage, like love to hatred turned, nor hath hell fury like a woman scorned.” -William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

“Narrated Buraydah ibn al-Hasib: I heard the Apostle of Allah say: In eloquence there is magic, in knowledge ignorance, & in poetry wisdom.”

“When Allah tests you, it is never to destroy you
“When He removes something from your possession,
“It is only to empty your hands for an even greater gift”
-Ibn Al-Qayyim

“[Tears are a] form of Mercy that God has lodged in the heart of His servants, and God is Merciful to those who show Mercy.” -Bukhari, Vol. 2, #373

“The one who looks after a widow or a poor person is like a Mujahid (warrior) who fights for God’s Cause, or like him who performs prayers all the night and fasts all the day.” -Bukhari, Vol. 7, #265

“You can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

“Peace in the struggle to find peace.” -Amina Wadud

“We can disagree & still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression [and] denial of my humanity and right to exist.” -Linda Sarsour

“Were Shaytaan solely at fault, God would not punish men.” -Nahida S. Nisa, Unfortunate

“I want a lover who looks at me like maybe I am magic.” -Frida Kahlo

“…and the heavens have been hung with castles of stars, beautified for every observer…” -Quran 15:16

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” -Blaise Pascal

“The extremists have shown us what scares them the most: a girl with a book.” -Malala Yousafzai

“O son of Adam!
You are naught but a number of days
Whenever each day passes
A part of you has gone”
-Al Hasan Al-Basri

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” -possibly Voltaire

“How strange and foolish is man.
He loses his health in gaining wealth.
Then, to regain his health he wastes his wealth.
He ruins his present while worrying about his future–
but weeps in the future by recalling his past.
He lives as though death shall never come to him,
but dies in a way as if he were never born.”
(attributed to Ali ibn Abu Talib and others)

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.” -Rumi

“For it is not
the eyes that are blind
but the hearts.”
Qur’an, Al Hajj, 22:46

“With a daring brow, encounter every ill you meet; grapple boldly with each sorrow, dream not of defeat” -Zeb-un-Nisa

“Because, as Al Ghosaibi says, ‘When a wound is tired of crying, it starts to sing.’ Muslim men, you owe us our rights–and the Quran says so. Don’t forget that.” –a Muslim woman

“When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” -#BlackLivesMatter slogan

“O My Lord,
“The stars glitter, and the eyes of men are closed–
“Kings have locked their doors
“And each lover is alone with his love…
“Here, I am alone with You”
-Rabia Al-Adawiyah

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” -Rumi

“The Qur’an commands each boy and girl to seek knowledge. God wants us to know why the sky is blue and about oceans and stars.” -Malala Yousafzai

“There is no expedient to which man will not resort to avoid the labor of thinking.” -Thomas Edison

“Your mind is like water. When its agitated, it becomes difficult to see, but if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” -Oogway

“Kisi shaayarh ki ghazal
Jo de ruh ko sukoon ke pal
Koi mujh ko, yun mila hai
Jaise banjaare ko ghar.”
Taken from Banjaara

“Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be true.” -Thomas Paine

“I did not clip her wings.” -Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Malala

On education and illiteracy -me

“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.” -Rumi

“Misha, your writing carries a sense of melancholy…but not of the despairing kind.” -a beautiful reader

“Now if God made the clouds so beautiful, did he not mean us to gaze upon them and be thankful for them? … Did he not wish to remind us that there is something heavenly above us, beyond the reach of our present sordid lives…?” -Alfred Rowland

“Oh, Misha. May devastation never be the imprisoner of your heart but be the tip of your pen, of which beauty be the ink and devotion the lid.” -<3

“The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of intellect and possessors of hearts. But ignorant men dominate women, for they are shackled by an animal ferocity. They have no kindness, gentleness or love…She is the radiance of God, she is not your beloved. She is a creator–you could say that she is not created” -Jalal al-Din Rumi

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” -Elie Wiesel

♥ “You can be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time.” -Safae

With Love,


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