Monday, August 5, 2013

Ramadan Action: Declare

Asalamu Alaykom,

We think of declaring when we're about ready to land from an overseas trip.  We've got that slip in front of us and we have to remember if there's any farm produce in our suitcases, or if somehow we have more than $10,000 in cash.

Today, declare some truths about who you are before we land on the other side of Ramadan.

There's a poem format which I want you to explore.  Formatting is what we Muslims do with our lives.  We are given some framework in the Quran and the Sunnah and we shape our lives around it.  This poem formatting does the same thing.  In many ways, a format helps you get MORE creative not less.  See what you can come up with.  Post them in the comments section if you feel so inclined.

Autobiographical Poem

Create a Title


1.       Name (first name, nickname or formal)


2.       Three adjectives that describe you  

______________________,   _____________________, ____________________

3.       Important relationships you have (son/father)


4.       Name three things

Who loves  _________________________________________________________

5.       List three emotions

Who feels  __________________,   ___________________, __________________

6.       List three

Who needs  __________________,   ___________________, _________________

7.       List three

Who gives  __________________,   ___________________, _________________

8.      List three

Who fears  __________________,   ___________________, _________________

9.       Whatever you wish

Who’d like to see  ____________________________________________________

10.   Whatever you wish

Who dreams of   _____________________________________________________


A student of   _____________________________________________________

12.    Your name---either full name or new version


1 comment:

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom,

Here's my poem using the format:

1. After Hardship There is Ease

2. Courageous, Outspoken, Determined

3. Created by her Creator, Loved by her family, Appreciated by her students

4. Who loves the moments, the possibilities and the synchronicities

5. Who feels too much too often, alone though she's not, and hopeful for getting a little better each day

6. Who needs a constant supply of love, more time and deeper understanding

7. Who gives too much advice, not as much trust as before, and inshahallah some of God's blessings through herself

8. Who fears sudden death, violence, and being separated from her boy

9. Who'd like to see three grown children smiling back, a mother with peace and security in her life, a country with stability, and a happy home

10. Who dreams of getting a grip on life and holding the reins with more care so that the course of action is clearer

11. A student of every person she's ever met whether she liked them or not

12. After hardship there is Yosra