Last year I was delighted to help contribute poetry towards a prominent fundraising event held in London that raised awareness and funds for the survivors of Srebenica especially the countless women who were raped and tortured and the thousands of men, women and children who lost their lives. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Bosnian War and I am humbled and honoured to have been asked to perform poetry at Manchester Cathedral on 6th of July to commemorate this. Please join me there if you’re able to.. X
I watched a play this Tuesday about a cause that is very dear to my heart, since I travelled last year to the border towns of Syria/Turkey and met refugees. My thesis is also based on this war-torn country so the play was extremely insightful. Have a read below and watch out for it in the future! A must see for all! X
‘IN WAR, TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY’ – AESCHYLUS
A story from the Syrian conflict, devised by the company and scripted by award-winning writer Rob Johnston. Produced and directed by Benedict Power.
Syria has descended into civil war and Aleppo is besieged. Salah and Aisha have lost control of their lives and are plunging headlong into an uncertain future. The Syria they hoped to change is gone, in its place, violence and destruction – the arbitrary brutality of war. With the unexpected arrival of two Westerners, who have stayed too long in Syria and must now be given refuge, the fragile existence of the Syrian couple comes under even greater threat. How will they survive as they fall further away from hope, from what they know and from what they used to be?
Based on real-life accounts collected from Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, journalists and photographers, Spring Reign features live performance, video, original music performed by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury.
“Spring Reign is rich with images, music, politics, stories, character, language, situation and relevance.”
Matt Fenton – Artistic Director of Contact Theatre
Last night’s Manchester Muslim Writers event about Islamaphobia held as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, was an evening filled with great company, poetry, stories, experiences, reflection and debates!
Zahid Hussain was a wonderful host and read us his futuristic story, I performed my spoken word piece on Islamaphobia. Ali Raza inspired us with poetry, Daniel Dyer with some spiritual reflections and Haroon Shafiq with his quick penned writing! Adil Mohammed and Karim Laalji were on it like a car bonnet updating the live Twitter feed!
The guests provided some wonderful debate about a broad range of topics including the draconian measures of the CTS bill, the role of the media, governmental legislation, foreign policy and the positive changes we can make towards social cohesion.
The BBC were there filming a documentary so watch out for that. Thanks to Manchester City Council for their support and also to Chorlton Library for the use of their facilities where we will meet on the last Friday of every month for our writer’s circle!
#HCAW2015 #Islamaphobia #LetsEndHateCrime
Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
Do nothing out of guilt, or for prestige, status, money or approval alone.
Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words.
Build pockets of stillness into your life.
Maya Angelou famously said, ‘When people tell you who they are, believe them’. But even more importantly, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. As Annie Dillard memorably put it, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Debbie Millman captures our modern predicament beautifully: “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time”.
Al Fatiha Global Winter Appeal – SYRIA!
Our Syrian Winter Appeal is now underway! We are distributing winter clothing, including Coats, Hats, Gloves, Abayas, Hijabs and Boots. With only £36, you too can provide #WinterPacks in Syria.
Make a difference & Donate today at: http://www.AlFatihaGlobal.com
“Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action.” (Muslim)
Encourage others towards these good deeds, share with your family and friends and together lets keep Syria warm this Winter..