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In the name of Allah I begin,
another day of my life to fill in.
I step outside the door, take a breath
walk down the steps and hope not to meet death
I see a man look at me,
in fear and hate, as if he’d wanted to flee.
I open a newspaper,
headlines smack me across the face,
“Muslims hate the Western Race”
I get on the public train,
eyes lock on me and my bag.
As I step out, a woman shouts, “Muslims, go back!”
I keep on walking and get on the bus,
people stare at me, and I wanna say, “What’s the fuss?”
I drag myself to school,
face the many eyes of ignorant fools.
I get hit at
Spat at
Pushed at
Pulled at.
Get hit by a baseball bat.
After school’s all done,
I run and run and run.
My mind spinning and turning,
My inner core melting and burning
My heart beating against my ribs,
pumping blood through my bruised limbs.
I crash through the door and sprint up to my room,
Drop beside my bed and drown in the gloom
The tears force themselves out of my eyes,
I’ve realized I’ve been living a lie.
My soul crashed before my feet
Twisting and twirling,
begging to be free
Politicians with their racist talks fill my brain
Each word causing me pain.
My eyes so blood red
My tears have been shed.
I get down on my knees and raise my hands
Ask the Lord to give me a hand.
I close my eyes and silently sob
I hear my heart throb.
Each beat telling me to stand up.
Each beat telling me to speak up.
Each beat telling me to hold on.
Each beat telling me it won’t be long.
I smile to myself,
Knowing that the Lord has heard my cry
Knowing that He wants me to give this life a try.
I change clothes and jump up onto my bed,
I whisper in a voice so dim,
“In the name of Allah I begin,
The most merciful of all.
In the name of Allah I end
Knowing that He is the most gracious of us all.”


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Kaycie said...
Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:31 am:
Masha allah(': This is beautiful.
 
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cookiegirl said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:56 am:
Mashallah well written with emotions. Keep it up and you will go far. Inshallah everything will get better.  
 
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Destinee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 28, 2010 at 2:33 am:
This is so well written and moving, mashaAllah! Keep it up!
 
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Girl94 said...
Oct. 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm:
Wow - this is a great piece of work the part where you said ''every beat...'' gave me goosebumps! Keep on writing and standing up, god bless!
 
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BrokenInnocence said...
Sept. 14, 2010 at 9:59 am:
I completely agree. I am a very very devout christain. An constantly for my religion people persecute me. I will pray for you an good luck on keeping your strength.
 
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bbygurl21 said...
Jul. 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm:
i love this inshallah everything will be better for everyone in the world
 
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Fayrouz This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 4, 2009 at 12:30 am:
you're in Denmark, right? Sheesh, and I thought I had it tough here! Keep up what you're doing! :)
 
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Electricity This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm:
BLAH! YOU PORE THING!!! I can't believe that people would treat you this way just because of your religion! I'm atheist, and anything that goes wrong at school, people blame on me (like if something went missing people would blame me because they think Atheist are heartless and have no virtues). I get where you're coming form. I feel real bad for you. People have no right to do that. Keep up your religion, cause what goes around comes around!
 
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HarryPotter said...
Sept. 22, 2008 at 9:11 am:
Awesome awesome poem, i totally agree with your point of you, Allah always helps us =)
 
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