cotton tassels, soft in between the space of my toes
i’m carrying rosewater pearls in my belly.
unravelling like lilac tissue
cheeks the colour of scorched chilli
the thin veil of night
spreads like butter over the hills
surah Al-fatiha, like a whisper
it floats on an eyelash,
skims past my fingers
Khadro Mohamed and Ronia Ibrahim
This poem attempts to highlight the strong presence that Islamplays in our personal lives, but also in the lives of Muslims in Aotearoa. While our families were not directly affected by the attacks on the 15th of March, 2019, the aftermath was felt by all of us across the motu. We hope that Muslims everywhere continue to use their relationships with Islam as a source of inspiration, strength and something to always be proud of.