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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 […]

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, […]

Imam Sajjad December 14

He is Sajjad: Tears are Gems Not Simply Sorrow

He is Abid, He is Sajjad. The day of the Ashura has come, the night of sorrows has gone. His caravan is on it’s way to Shaam. This is Sajjad’s Ashura, this is Sajjad’s battle. Not slaughtered, but still, treated like cattle Sajjad watches them: his aunts, his sisters, his mother Herded from one town […]

November 22

Die Like Hussain, Walk Like Zainab

I remember when I first came across the poetry of Yazeed. He was touted as a master of description. Naturally, he is drawn to the opposite sex in his work. So many of the classic Arab poets have taken up that subject matter. Their physical appearance; the description of white flesh, red lips, and the […]

October 30

Have You Got What It Takes?

What Do You Stand For? What Do You Believe In? Who Would You Stand Up For? These are the most important questions you’ll ever ask yourself–what rouses your soul and speaks to your heart? Justice? Equality? Freedom?…fair enough. But ask yourself, at what point would you take a stand–when your own rights are ignored? What […]

What is Muharram?

What is Muharram?  The months of Muharram and Safar offer the yearly opportunity to commemorate the martyrdom of al‑Husayn ibn `Ali (A), the grandson of the Prophet (S) and the third Imam of the Shiite Muslims, at Karbala’ on the tenth of Muharram in the year 61. The tragedy and heroism of the event, the […]