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    The Meeting at the Pool

    It’s a bright, flashy world out there. The glitz and the glamor – from the celebrity life to the next hot release. You are constantly being bombarded by it all, whether it’s a new show on Netflix, a new song by the latest pop group, or pictures on your IG feed of X and Y partying at the beach  – it’s everywhere. In a world where everyone is running to get their fifteen minutes of fame, you on the other hand, have been asked to stay humble and sincere. In a world of let’s-be-hot for the gram and “Netflix and chill”, you’ve been asked to lower your gaze and be…

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    Cave of Serenity

    Sumayyah sat on her bed, staring into the fireplace. She was lost in thought. Numbness – that’s all she felt at the moment. She didn’t know what to think or what to do. Her life was a mess. The last few months had been nothing but turbulent. She had met Hassan. They had begun dating. Things were fine – until she got caught. She sighed. She was tired. Tired of all the drama, embarrassment, and pain. “Hassan.” she remembered, and her heart twisted in pain for a second. For three weeks now, Sumayyah hadn’t left her room. It’s not like she had a choice anyway. She was grounded. Her phone…

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    The Restorer

    Life with its ebbs and its flows Knocks on the gentle creases of my heart, Sometimes nudging at the corners, Sometimes tearing it apart. But I will overcome.   As I try to swim along with the waves of life, Mountains of grief drown me from time to time. I look up, Gasping for the Mercy of the Most High, And I know I will overcome.   Some days I look in the mirror And I am reminded of a failure. Until He sends a sign, Promising it will become easier, And I know that I shall overcome.   For I have faith in a Lord That brings richness after…

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    A Gentle Breeze

    Have you ever felt so disappointed that you felt your heart break and tears sting your eyes only to get a way better opportunity years later? Has your heart ever ached because you’ve never felt more alone in your life and then suddenly, you get an unexpected text from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while checking up on you? Were you so close to being hit by a car only to open your eyes moments later, amazed at how you’re still alive? Have you ever walked into a room just in time to catch your little baby niece or nephew from falling and hurting themselves badly? Did…

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    A Close Call

    “Call you after dinner. Ok, baby?” you text. “Can’t wait!” she replies. You quickly hide your phone inside your pillowcase and rush downstairs to join the family for dinner. “Come fast, Bilal. Your food is already getting cold.” says your mum. You mumble a “yeah okay” and sit down. Dinner passes on as usual. Your dad asks if you’re done with your assignments and you say you’re still doing them. Your mum fusses, trying to make sure everyone gets a hot plate of food. And your sister, oh-your-ever-so-annoying sister cannot stop talking about her friends. You dream on, ignoring all the commotion. “I just want to get dinner over with…