Author Archives: Muharram In Manhattan

November 16

If only we could meet tonight

If only we could meet tonight by Naqi Haider   Apart  for 1,400 years years different cities, cultures, scripts and letters separated by oceans of time and memory   If only we could meet tonight   If only we could meet tonight I would walk until these feet were blistered and broken drive down every abandoned street not once, […]

There is Hussian September 01

After losing Everything

After losing Everything by: Naqi Haider   After losing everything, When nothing is lost There Is Hussian For hearts that ache With love and sorrow There Is Hussian In tiny bodegas in East Harlem in tenement houses in the projects There is Hussian In museums on 5th Avenue Behind tempered glass in gentrified Brooklyn in […]

October 16

Shereen Yousuf : Decolonial Practice of Majalis and its Potential for Communal Healing

What better way to defy systems that de-humanizes us, than through the human act of shedding of tears which allows us to move out of despair, and into the realm of hope? Furthermore, this healing serves a vital tool for resistance. Narrating these stories in a manner that induces grief additionally connects us with principles such as “death with dignity is better than a life of humiliation” as Imam Husayn (as) once said, — without divorcing them from Allah (swt). In fact, our form of memorializing tragedy elevates our tears to the realm of the divine by marking them as an act in devotion to Allah (swt).

October 14

Zahra Moeini : The Weight of Zaynab’s Gaze

“The Weight of Zaynab’s Gaze” by: Zahra Moeini The leaves of the oak trees have welcomed the hues of Fall’s procession. Zaynab treads the witness Of leaves that swell Bursting with each step The shades of a brother’s memory. Those who walk alongside Look at the weight of Zaynab’s gaze Flowing back and forth On […]

October 14

Justin Tyler : Patience a Poem

  Patience by: Justin Tyler   I was… Lost. Confused. Purposely lied to Under the veil of ignorance… Heard all the arguments from all of the audience As I, staged my way Through purposeless days… My nights consumed with, contemplation and reading Like Malcolm X confined in his solitude My journey to Islam – Behind […]

November 29

Syrian Refugees Advocacy : Take Action Now

  Do you have 10 minutes? Then you have time to help us take in more Syrian refugees. This week, fax in a letter! If you live in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, or Virginia, your Senate Senators are listed below. To look up Senators from another state, visit http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/. To find your House Representatives, […]

October 23

Fatemeh Mashouf : How The Prophet’s Daughter Saved Me

Coming back from hajj and heading into Muharram, my entire perspective on Karbala has quite literally changed – I do not see Imam Husayn, Lady Zainab, and Ali Akbar from the perspective of a Shia hundreds of years after their death. I see Imam Husayn (as) from the eyes of a mother who lived her life knowing the great sacrifice she would ultimately make through the slaughter of her son. I see Lady Zainab (as) from the view of a mother who nurtured strength, eloquence, and power into her daughter who would have to live through the most tragic of times. I see Ali Akbar from the perspective of a grandmother who would see the likeness of her own father being deprived of water, waiting for his brutal death to relieve him of his thirst.