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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

    February 13th | by Shafinaaz Hassim

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    Love is never possessive...

    Love is never possessive, It will not demand rights of you, If you find such talk unpleasant. Instead

    February 13th | by Shafinaaz Hassim

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    The story of the Moth

    The Moth must gladly burn wings Before it learns to fly in nothingness. At first, the flame

    January 22nd | by Shafinaaz Hassim

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    Drop in the Ocean

    If you ever feel like the little that you do or could be doing is too small to

    January 22nd | by Shafinaaz Hassim

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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

    December 2nd | by Shafinaaz

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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

    November 30th | by Shafinaaz

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    To be More Like Me

    The face in the mirror is haggard. Restless. Not my self. It needs a shift. I know. I want

    November 29th | by Shafinaaz Hassim

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

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    Love is never possessive, It will not demand rights of you, If you find such talk unpleasant. Instead...

    February 13, 2014 | by 

    The Moth must gladly burn wings Before it learns to fly in nothingness. At first, the flame...

    January 22, 2014 | by 

    If you ever feel like the little that you do or could be doing is too small to...

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

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    The face in the mirror is haggard. Restless. Not my self. It needs a shift. I know. I want...

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    Piano keys tapped at, make these sounds I no longer recognise. Destiny revealed is a tease...

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    The rock cave of Mind  echoes dangerous duets; swirling dark waters threaten to drown out desire. She knows she...

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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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    Sophia

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    The Garden of Love and Longing (2017)

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