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October 6, 2006
No Makeup Needed

by Muhammad Irfan Shariff

She spoke to me, through the words of a lens
And a microphone wrapped with BBC tape,
He cried in my arms,
Bones wrapped in what's left of a skin canton-crepe.
As I apply sunscreen at 40 SPF percent,
His mother applies for a refugee camp tent...
Held up by little more than their bodily bones can hold
And as my interlocked finger skin is about to fold
To change the channel I actually stop and breathe
And see, my own muslim family.
We are related by worshiping Allah alone...
I wish I could invite them to my home...
Wishing for a chance to reply to her call.
My sister... baking in the sun crying in unison with all
With no food or water, she becomes a photograph
Her muscles ache cushioned with no body fat
She clutches my little brother in her arms...
Her head is wrapped...
Her body is covered
With humility brighter than achernar
And yet her hunger is naked for the world to see
Showing the bare minimum human life can sustain
Broken, my lacrimal levees remain
Oh Allah we are in need of your mercy
Oh my sister how your naked hunger...
We pray, will be covered completely

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saima said

Masha Allah, very well written ... paints a clear picture ... well timed too.

FYI --
I just got a flyer a few days ago from an organization whose name I can't remember correctly right now -- but it listed that between the three countries Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan (I think Pakistan was one of 'em), about 12 million children have been orphaned in the past years. 12 million!!! If I even think of my child being alone and lost anywhere for 5 minutes, I truly shudder. I couldn't even begin to speak about their turmoil. Please, lets remember them (and all the other muslimeen and orphans around the world) in our duas. That's the least we can do. There moms and dads may not even be here to pray for them. May Allah have mercy on the oppressed/hurt/orphaned all around the world, and grant them Rehma in this world & in the hereafter. Ameen.

on October 6, 2006 4:57 PM
Saima Iqbal said

BTW -- before anyone comments on this, I haven't checked if the number '12 million' is correct or not. The number isn't my point.

on October 6, 2006 4:59 PM
Justoju said

Wow, mashaAllah...I agree with Saima, very well written...

on October 8, 2006 7:54 AM
Mohammed Irfan Shariff said


JazakumAllahkhar for the comments...

Prize for the person who define and describe how the following words were used




on October 8, 2006 11:20 PM
Talal said

MashaAllaah, this is definitely one of the best pieces of rhyme I have ever seen uttered from Br Irfan.

And yeah, "lacrimal levees"... contender for best use of two words right next to each other (this year, at least).

on October 9, 2006 4:10 PM
Ayah said

HOw come the website is down?

Anyone writign an article on the niqab?

on October 19, 2006 6:07 PM
abupepper said

Assalaamu Alaikum Ya Hidayans!

* E * I * D * U * L * F * I * T * R ***** M * U * B * A * R * A * K *

May Allah gather us all in Jannatul Firdaus...with our family and loved ones...and spare us humiliation and torment of the hell fire....AMEEN

Ok, who is writing the next article...lets get this Hidayaonline site rolling again....insha'Allah.


on October 25, 2006 7:31 PM
Amr ibn Muhammed Gharib said

Alright maaaaaad late, I know...just wanted to say I really liked the metaphors used in this piece. Ma sha Allaah, may Allaah increase you in eloquence...Ameen.

on November 17, 2006 3:38 AM
Mohammed Irfan Shariff said


jazkaumAllahkhar brother amr.

May Allah increase us all with knowledge and understanding of this deen


If you want... I am performing this Monday November 27th at Busch Campus Student Center for World Aids Day. I think its a benefit dinner for HIV awareness and research. See you there insha Allah at 8pm

take care

on November 26, 2006 2:59 PM
faz said

salams brother irfan,

i'd b interested in the answers with relation to the following post :-)


JazakumAllahkhar for the comments...

Prize for the person who define and describe how the following words were used




on October 8, 2006 11:20 PM

on December 6, 2006 6:17 PM
Mohammed Irfan Shariff said


Finally someone actually bothered to wonder what the words mean... But I really wanted a reader to define the words

canton-crepe- Is a type of garment material that is light and almost like skin.

achernar- Is the eigth brightest star in the sky

lacrimal- And your lacrimal glands are the glands that release your tears when you cry...

Hope you enjoyed... and that it actually makes you think and feel....


No Makeup Needed

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on December 7, 2006 11:35 AM
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