I thought I’d share some bezels of wisdom I’ve gathered from conversations with my mestre (master), a Negão (big Black man) from Bahia, a state in Brazil which boast a significant population of Black Brazilians as remnants of the Slave Trade and the birth place of Capoeira. He indeed fits the image of a Bahian … Continue reading Wisdom from My Mestre
A soul by itself In a big metal casket Alone and lonely ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gathering her things: bed, chairs, vases – memories. Gifts from my dead mom. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The house – empty, dark. Shadows and silence murmur a dirge for past times. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Darkened clouds beset and heaven begins to cry upon the highway. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The … Continue reading The Melancholy of Moving in Haiku
Sometimes, I must admit, I feel distant from my own kind, from men in general. I often don’t understand them or their motives, if they truly have any, quite possibly because I was raised almost exclusively by women. I find myself sitting around my male non-Muslim friends, those amongst my close circles of friends who … Continue reading Lunch with a Muslim Womanizer
I found this video on Imam Suhaib Webb’s website. The ingenuous title grabbed my attention. I decided to post a link to the video here on my blog. It’s long, but I think the conver(t)sation panelists had is long overdue. Continue reading Conver(t)sations: the Unheard Stories of Muslim Converts
“If you put the riches people all in one room, there still wouldn’t be enough money to go around for them.” ~Jacintha, my mother, may Allah have mercy on her “It’s not really about the Black versus White; it’s about the Haves versus the Have Nots.” ~Also from my mother I’ve already blogged about the … Continue reading The Haves vs. the Have Nots
I’ve been wanting to post this for a while now. I forewarn you: video game nerdiness is approaching. Seldom do I get a chance to publicly indulge in my nerdy fancies. After a decade of waiting and speculating, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has finally graced us comic book and video game … Continue reading IT’S MARVEL BABY!!!
“All mankind is from Adam and Hawwā (Eve), an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to … Continue reading The Two Communities