Xander fell against her, leaning his head in the crook of her neck as his chest rose and fell, trying to catch his breath. Their skin prickled with sweat and their hearts beat loud and fast against their rib-cage. Breathing settling back to normal, Xander lifted his head, moving to rest his forehead against hers. “Damn.”

This Might Be The Most Rousing Marriage Equality Speech You'll Hear
As photos and videos celebrating last Friday's historic SCOTUS ruling in favor of national marriage equality continue to flood the internet, this one really grabbed us.

“Welcome to West Hollywood on this phenomenal and historic day! We have gathered this evening in great relief and joy and celebration because today was a victory for love! After literally decades of blood, sweat and tears, the freedom to marry is now the law of the land. AND, for the first time in history, our nation’s highest court has said that we deserve the same rights and privileges as every other American! Since I was a young lawyer I have carried a copy of the United States Constitution in my briefcase. Today, it finally applies to us all!

Many of us spent much of our lives believing we would never live to see this day. But here we are. Just as the confederate flag is coming down the rainbow flag is rising and it’s about damn time!

Today was a magnificent defeat of bigotry and ignorance. It was a crushing blow to the anti-LGBT movement that has built its might at the expense of our very lives—often and shamefully in the name of God. Well, it looks to me like if God is with anyone, she’s with us!

History will judge this day as THE pivotal win in our unfinished battle for full and complete equality. Our road to this victory has not been easy, and it has been paved by the countless actions of many, both heroic and mundane. By transgender activists of color at the Stonewall Inn who’d finally had enough. By brave plaintiffs and brilliant attorneys who fought for our rights when there was little hope of victory. By activists and leaders on the front lines, who stood up for all of us. By LGBT people everywhere who dared to come out, including couples in small towns with no legal protections who raised children and lived honest and decent lives despite the bigotry they faced on a daily basis.

Today is a testament to all of these people. And to the growing number of straight allies who have stood beside us.

But as we celebrate, we cannot forget that our fight is far from over. In many states, employers still have the right to fire us and landlords can evict us. In almost every state, parents can force their LGBT children into damaging, so-called reparative therapy. Merchants can refuse to serve us. And haters continue to attack us–this year alone in our nation, 9 transgender women have been murdered. Plus, on this very day of progress, the LGBT Center in Memphis, Tennessee was informed by their district attorney that the man charged with civil rights violations for threatening to bomb their center and kill them was released on a harassment charge because LGBT people are not covered under Tennessee law. All these things are still happening just because of our sexual orientation or gender identity. Clearly, much work remains to be done!

But tonight we celebrate. We celebrate especially because today’s decision was about so much more than marriage. Today’s decision is proof that we can change the world. Today, at long last, justice has prevailed. The freedom to marry is ours!”

American Beauty/Asgardian Psycho - infinitrinx - The Avengers (Marvel Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 2/?
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Darcy Lewis/Loki
Characters: Darcy Lewis, Loki (Marvel), Jane Foster (Marvel), Erik Selvig, Thor (Marvel), Steve Rogers, Nick Fury
Additional Tags: Canon Divergence - Post-Avengers (2012)

Perhaps randomly tapping her card to doors and wandering around was not the best idea.
Or perhaps it was the best idea she’s ever made.
Darcy’s not sure, it depends on how you look at it.

I made this thing. It would be amaze if you checked it out!

—  (noun) As one of the most beautifully phonetic and visually elegant words, eloquence embodies the sophistication of speech or writing. Eloquence is a poetical articulation used to convey striking emotions in a persuasive method through the practice of language. The act of verbalizing a thought or feeling becomes a state of art, in which the highest degree of accuracy possible in the human vocabulary is present. 

32 of the most beautiful words in the human language. 

I just put them into alphabetic order

We all know that most of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were very eloquent and articulate in giving out descriptions about events that have taken place during their time, hence the learning of ahadith became successfully delivered from generation to generation.

But did you know that there was this woman that gave such beautiful and articulate description on how the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, that one who studies her description about the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam would still need the help of a dictionary or thesaurus. 

Yes, this was the beauty that this wonderful and gracious woman embodied and she was none other than ’Atikah Bint Khalid Al Khuza'iyah or famously known as Umm Ma'bad Radiyallahu Anha.

You’re right, she is the same person whose kunyah is mentioned whenever you study the seerah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. 

She was the lady who owned the tent where the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam together with Abu Bakr As Sideeq and their guide (the freed-slave of Abu Bakr), ‘Abdullah Ibn Urayqit took a rest at on their journey.

So if you are interested to know the greatest event in history of dawah, which is the Hijrah from Makkah to Medinah, then rest assured you will never miss out her name.


Umm Ma'bad Radiyallahu Anha was a gracious lady who sat at her tent-door with a mat spread out for any chance traveller that might pass by the way.

Fatigued and thirsty, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and his companions wanted to refresh themselves with food and some milk. Umm Ma'bad told them that the herd was out in the pasture and the goat standing nearby was almost dry since it was a rainless year. 

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam touched the goat’s udders, reciting over them the Name of Allah, supplicated, and to their great joy, plenty of milk flowed out of them. After seeing that every companion of his were satisfied and full that was the only time the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam drank and said, “The cup-bearer drinks last.

Before he left, he milked the goat another time and filled the container and gave it to Umm Ma'bad. 

After their departure, Umm Ma'bad’s husband, Aktham Ibn Abi Al Jawn Al Khuza'i came herding an emaciated flock of sheep. When he saw the milk in the container he said, “Umm Mab'ad, what is this? Where have you got the milk while there is no goat with milk here?” His wife answered, “A blessed man passed by us.

Abu Ma'bad who was delighted and have had his senses stimulated by the news told his wife, “Describe him”.

Umm Ma'bad told her husband, describing the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam:

“I saw a man who is clearly handsome and with a beautiful face. He is well-built. He is neither blemished by a big belly nor disfigured by an unusually small head. The pupils of his eyes are very dark, the edges of his eyelids are long and the area around the pupils of his eyes is so white. His eyebrows are perfectly close. He has a very dark hair, a rather long neck and a thick beard.

When he kept silent he is always contemplative and when he speaks eminence and splendor show in his words. His words are like sliding stringed pearls. He is a gifted orator whose words are neither too few nor too much. He has the clearest wand and the most audible voice when he speaks. When you look at him from afar, he is the most handsome of all people, and when you move closer to him he is the most pleasant of them.

You will never be tired of looking at him. He is like a branch between two branches.

He is the most handsome of the three and the most important of them. He has Companions who honour him. When he speaks they listen to his words and when he commands they hasten to carry out his order. They serve him and rally around him. He does not frown or nag.”

After listening to his wife’s account, Abu Ma'bad expressed a sincere wish to accompany the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam whenever that was possible, and composed his admiration in verses of poetry that echoed all over Makkah, to such an extent that the people therein thought it was a Jinn repeating words in their ears.

And indeed it happened, Umm Ma'bad and Abu Ma'bad headed for Madinah, embraced Islam and swore allegiance to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and kept his company.


Subhan'Allah how beautiful was the description of Umm Ma'bad of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. We all know that Ali Ibn Abi Talib Radiyallahu Anhu gave the most accurate and most comprehensive description of the Prophet in regards to his physical appearance because he had lived with the Prophet the most and also because he was very fluent and eloquent.

But what is amazing with the description of Umm Ma'bad was she described the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam with such delight that she observed every action of the Prophet and that show was a Bedouin living in an arid land, far from the people’s society yet she had this kind of awareness and accuracy in such field! 

Indeed, with Allah Azza Wa Jall are blessings that we will always be amazed and Umm Ma'bad is such a great example of this! Allahu'akbar!

Also it is reported by Al Waqidi that the goat that was milked by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam lived for many years giving abundant milk.

How blessed is our Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, and how much beauty is there on a silver tongued woman, 'O Umm Ma'bad may Allah be truly pleased of you, you are indeed an inspiration that will continue to live in the hearts of Muslims. 

And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall makes us appreciate all the blessings He has given us.




Story taken from Zadul-Ma'ad 2/54, Women Around the Messenger pp. 175-180
Recorded by Al-Hakim, and Adh-Dhahabi 3/9 
Reported by Al-Baghawi in Sharhus-Sunnah 13/264