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    How was your day?

    How was your day? The single most important question that I've been asked almost every day

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    Free will is good for man: Rumi

    Poem: Why free will is good for man - Mevlana Rumi (Mathnawi p162) God said, "Do

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    Proactive Sacrifice: Eid al Adha 2013

    Proactive sacrifice (of nafs) - between qadar and engaged choice Eid al Adha 16 Oct 2013 Brixton, Johannesburg I

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    Hang on to every hope

    Hang on to every hope That doesnt diminish The Magic in your soul. Tie ribbons to that dream Where

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    Drug of choice

    Confess this precious delusion. Take a drug of choice And turn it into crystal meth Acid on my

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    Huda Chronicles 1

    Henceforth I shall be edited by the eloquent two-year-old. 'There's a fly around,' says an annoyed

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    No rocks of grandeur

    Mixed emotions make for Powerful potions In the chase to create new time For lovers and warriors, the

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    Poets a new sun, and fading moonlight

    There's something incredibly elegant about the way poets string emotions into delicate strands of hope,

    November 18th | by Shafinaaz Hassim

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    Poem: Why free will is good for man - Mevlana Rumi (Mathnawi p162) God said, "Do...

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    Proactive sacrifice (of nafs) - between qadar and engaged choice Eid al Adha 16 Oct 2013 Brixton, Johannesburg I...

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    Hang on to every hope That doesnt diminish The Magic in your soul. Tie ribbons to that dream Where...

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    Confess this precious delusion. Take a drug of choice And turn it into crystal meth Acid on my...

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    Henceforth I shall be edited by the eloquent two-year-old. 'There's a fly around,' says an annoyed...

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    Being South African forces one to reflect and re-evaluate, sometimes daily, how to identify, in...

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    About Shafinaaz

    Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective (2007), Memoirs for Kimya (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence SoPhia (2012). She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

    My Books

    Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville (2016)

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    Princess Rasgulla and the Ponytail Monster (2017)

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    The Garden of Love and Longing (2017)

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