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As World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016 comes to a close Mindworks Publishing offers the final poem from the Words of Light blog event highlighting poetry that expresses elements of interfaith harmony, and showcasing some of the poetry featured in our interfaith publication, The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit.

Commemorating this week with the written word has been an accomplishment that I’m pleased to have completed. There is a verse in the Quran which reads:

The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy.

Yusuf Ali translation, Surah Al Hujurat 49:10

The above verse is one of the many contained within the Quran that embodies interfaith harmony for me and one which inspires me to strive continually for peace. May it be an inspiration for you too, dear reader.

Our final poem is Transcendent, written by Sanjida Shaheed, and has been published in The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit.You can follow Sister Sanjida’s writing here: http://eightfeettall.wordpress.com


Transcendent

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The Muslimah Speaks Poetry Anthology

We choose

False identities

And picture ourselves

Within given boundaries.

We live

In a comfort zone

And tread ever

So cautiously.

As if we are walking barefoot

In an uncharted land

Scattered with shattered glass.

 

The vulnerability

Of our safely-protected

Fragile existence

Shakes us.

And we close the door

To our hearts

To ward off hurt.

 

Yet we cannot ignore

The longing for

The great beyond.

Looking through the window

We heave a sigh,

Longing for landscapes

Filled with memories

Of innocent days

And dream-filled nights.

 

Remembrance can save us.

All of this is

Transient

Like morning dew.

Love will carry us

Back home,

Where we truly belong.

Home is where love is.

Eternally.

 

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