distant strength


You there reading this, don’t you dare lose hope on that person. You live miles away from them but you still somehow fell in love, they’re special and they’re worth keeping, there aren’t many people in the world who can catch your attention without their physicality. And if you feel as if the distance is to hard remember that it could be worse. Imagine if you were a soldier and couldn’t always talk to them? What if you were in war and communication was cut? What if one of you is in a coma and the other doesn’t know? You might lose hope but love is a strong force that science, while it can explain in a way, can’t really understand how to start. Love doesn’t happen easily, it takes blood, sweat and tears to get them but once you do you’ll be satisfied for a long time.
Now you there sat down, reading this and wondering what I’m blubbering on about, don’t lose hope and promise the other person this: “I will fight for you, I will be there for you and I’ll love you.” Don’t lose hope or you’ll lose a gift, and that’s the last thing you want to do.

Chinese Zodiacs Equivalents

NOTE: This does not mean you’re a dragon if you’re an Aries. It depends on your year. Ex., if you’re an Aries but born in 1994,2006 etc, your animal would be a Dog, so you possess some traits from the Dog. And if you know you’re the year of the Dog but is a different Western zodiac, you posses some Libra traits.  

Aries = Dragon

  • Strengths
    Decisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romantic, frank
  • Weaknesses
    Eccentric, tactless, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic, arrogant, impatient

Taurus = Snake 

  • Strengths
    Soft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smart
  • Weaknesses
    Jealous, suspicious, sly, fickle, nonchalant

Gemini = Horse 

  • Strengths
    Warm-hearted, upright, easygoing, independent, optimistic  
  • Weaknesses
    Big spender, blabber-mouth, intermittent 

Cancer = Sheep 

  • Strengths
    Gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent 
  • Weaknesses
    Indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed

Leo = Monkey 

  • Strengths
    Enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative, clever, versatile   
  • Weaknesses
    Jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant

Virgo = Rooster 

  • Strengths
    Independent, capable, warm-hearted, ambitious, quick minded, bright   
  • Weaknesses
    Impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish

Libra = Dog 

  • Strengths
    Valiant, loyal, sincere, responsible, clever, courageous, lively
  • Weaknesses
    Sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional

Scorpio = Pig 

  • Strengths
    Considerate, responsible, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle
  • Weaknesses
    Naive, gullible, sluggish, short-tempered

Sagittarius = Rat 

  • Strengths
    Adaptable, smart, alert, acute, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful
  • Weaknesses
    Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous

Capricorn = Ox

  • Strengths
    Honest, industrious, patient, cautious, level-headed, persistent
  • Weaknesses
    Obstinate, inarticulate, prudish, distant

Aquarius = Tiger 

  • Strengths
    Tolerant, independent, valiant, trustworthy, intelligent, confident 
  • Weaknesses
    Arrogant, short-tempered, hasty, traitorous

Pisces =  Rabbit 

  • Strengths
    Gentle, sensitive, compassionate, amiable, modest, and merciful
  • Weaknesses
    Amorous, hesitant, stubborn, timid, conservative

Allah has placed the world beneath your feet, why then do you carry it on your back?

The sea didn’t claim the life of baby Musa despite him being thrown inside when he was at his weakest, whereas the very same sea claimed the life of the Pharaoh despite him crossing it when he was at his very strongest.

Whoever is with Allah, his weakness will not harm him, and whoever is distant from Allah, his strength will not benefit him.

Expecting the best from Allah is a secret ingredient to happiness.

So ..
فَمَا ظَنُّكُمْ بِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

“What then is your thought about the Lord of the worlds?”

(Al-Qur’an, Surah 37, Ayah 87)

[sh. Ali Hammuda]

The moon: Part I

‘Isn’t it quite boring?’
Spoke the moon to empty space,
The sun was not listening,
Though his light bounced off her face.

And darkness stretched beyond the eye,
Save peppered stars around,
And a nonchalant and quiet sigh,
Was the only sound.

The sound of Moon so gentle, bright,
Alone in seas of dark,
A moon quite pure, a moon quite white,
Drained by surroundings stark.

There was no sense of night or day,
Or time as we now know,
For the moon, among the stars she lay,
Was fed up with her woe.

So she took a heavy breath and stood,
Her milky limbs like ice,
Her snowy hair fell like a flood,
Starlight glistened in her eyes.

She always wondered what had been,
Just so far from her reach,
All the sights she’d never seen,
Boundaries never breached.

For the sun and moon have not always,
Been distant as recalled,
A strength and love that never frays,
Within the cosmos scrawled.

The moon continued with her trip,
As determined was she,
And a smile spread upon her lips,
With freedom she found glee.

But her legs grew tired, and her eyes fell,
Her resolve became undone,
With a fearful whine, she whispered ‘Well,
The darkness must have won.’

For the moon may have been daring,
But a soul still young, still new,
And in the distance staring,
Stood the sun she did pursue.

Against the night sky thick,
Her ashen skin stood sheer,
And something special clicked,
The sun was ever nearer.

There within her vision,
Was cast a golden flame,
And she took the grand decision,
To stand up once again.

'Press on, press on,’
She whispered through her tense and gritted jaw,
'Some more steps, it’s just a few.’
Effort draining to the core.

And again her footsteps faltered,
But a flaming grip took hold.
The world around her altered,
Engulfed in blazing gold.

Warm fingers on her skin,
A breath upon her neck,
The darkness could not win,
A pinch, for dreams, A check.

For as the moon’s eyes searched,
To meet those of the discovered,
Her excited stomach lurched,
The universe uncovered.

'You finally made it here!’
A warming voice did cry,
'I’ve been waiting for you dear,
To have you by my side.’

Bright gold against the white,
In the sky there lit a flame,
Among the highest of all heights,
Two lovers played their game.

And from joyous abandon,
From playful lovers free,
From sun and snow becoming one,
Along came you and me.

Along came planets, galaxies,
Along came night and day,
Along came soil, water, trees,
Along came ice and flame.

But alas the moon had to depart,
Return from whence she came,
With tears, with an aching heart,
The sun did quietly say,

'My dearest love, do not forget,
You travelled all this way,
Across the universe we met,
And look at all we made.’

So the moon went home, lay down her head,
In awe of what now rests,
And kept in her mind what the sun had said,
As the stars around her slept.

See, the thing about long distance relationships is nobody tells you what the feeling of a part of you leaving feels like, or how you learn to handle being alone and it only gets hard when you’re lonely. Nobody tells you about the countdowns or the feeling when it’s 30 more days or 20 or 10. Nobody tells you that you’re going to spend countless hours crying and not enough hours sleeping. Nobody tells you about the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries you won’t get to experience together. Nobody tells you that you’re going to feel out of place in front of other couples and that you’ll often find yourself envious, nitpicking certain things that remind you of your relationship. Nobody tells you about the sadness you cannot prepare yourself for no matter how hard you try.

See, the thing about long distance relationships is nobody tells you how you’ll wait an hour before their flight lands, heart racing, butterflies in your stomach and impatient because every minute feels like an eternity. Nobody tells you about the first kiss, first hug or first time having sex will feel. Nobody tells you how secure in their arms you feel. Nobody tells you about how you will cherish every second, and even little details will feel like the most important thing you need to remember. Nobody tells you about laughter, and how hearing their laugh - even if it’s ridiculous sounds like music to your ears. Nobody tells you how seeing them again - even if it’s short lived is like seeing the sun after a storm, or rain after a drought. Nobody tells you the warmth you’ll feel, and it will warm you to the core.

See, the thing about long distance relationships is nobody really tells you anything.