“Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.”


For a dear friend, my Parabatai – we can beat Jem and Will! 

Dreams big, fears small 

Oceans deep, ambitions tall.

You stand there, my friend, amongst the Unseen;

Battling the tumultuous winds.

The whispers of a lonely heart

strangle the ticking clock within,

But know, O’ Parabatai, that

“Verily, with every difficulty there is relief”.



Qalbi Dhikr 

a deep breath and eyes closed

a bowed head and a crying heart.

and alone you sit there.

none, but you and your rabb.

none, but you and your rabb.

the dance of the world slows down.

what world? who ‘they’?

you and Him, alone.

r-a-b-b”, and you hear the whisper of your heart.

r-a-b-b“, and you hear the tempest raging on your soul.

the wounded heart cries out and then you know,

that out of all that matters,

it’s the silent voice of your heart beating,

“my Lord!”

my Lord!”

my Lord!

In circles revolving around the orbits of our lives,


In circles revolving around the orbits of our lives

Chasing the Will of the Universe,

Somewhere far away, deep within you,

The stars are breaking gently

And unaware are we.

Time; it just sails and it will just sail.

But, the stars are breaking gently and we are unaware

And it may be too late – a little too late –

Before you catch their glow

And love the magic that you have always so desired.



Moments ago, one second was the thought of *this*

Moments ago, one second was the thought of this

And moments later, one second is the thought of that.

For how long, I wonder,

Will a minute last

Without the entanglement of this and that?

You ask, “This?”

I say, “Feel this when it is gone…far away…gone.”

You ask, “That?”

I say, “Feel that when it is here…within the reach of your palm.”

It’s a lovely mystery, our this and our that, you and the universe.



Reblogged from David Snape: Post of the week – 5 centimeters per second

This particular poem is very close to my heart – my personal favourite – and strings together a lot more than just a few words. The title is inspired by a famous anime, ‘5 Centimeters Per Second’.
When I had first watched the anime, the first thought that had hit me was this: one day, I’ll pen down a novel based on this. And what a coincidence that now, a few months later, this poem is celebrating all of what we like to call that…So, thank you so much for the repost, and for honoring my poem as your ‘Post of the week’, Mr Snape.

It’s true – ‘The written word defies the years.’

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Congratulations to Arfa Masihuddin for this weeks post of the week, 5 centimetres per second. Hope you enjoy.

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Guest blog: fatimah.creates

Fatimah Nadeem is a seventeen-year-old artist from Karachi, Pakistan. Quickly achieving a celebrity status on Instagram, her paintings and art are bound to leave you mesmerised. She is currently doing her A’ Levels. 

In this short guest blog, Fatimah talks about her inspirations and future goals.


Art is like that safe haven, a spot for solace which I can resort to at any time.

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My passion for art started as a very young child and from drawing fishes on walls, I am now able to paint sceneries, galaxies and abstract pieces.

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I entered the Instagram art community two years ago and it has given a lot back to me. The encouragement and support that I get every day from people all over the world have made me confident about myself and about my identity as an artist, and as a Pakistani.

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If three years ago, you had told me that people would be posting art pieces inspired by my creations, or would be coming to events to meet me or that I would be hearing the phrase, “You are my inspiration”, I would have laughed in your face. This is truly incredible!

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To become a better human being, and to show the world that Pakistan also has mind-blowing talent, is my goal in life. For the purpose of promoting Pakistani art, I have created the Instagram hashtag #pakistancreates to represent the artist community of Pakistan.

My inspiration is not different from that of any other artist’s – emotions. It is very intriguing to see how colours and objects can make one feel. My colour palette is based on feelings attached to a certain colour. I associate blue with happiness and boldness, black with mystique, green with peace, and so on. 

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My advice to all young artists out there is this: believe in yourselves. I have received many messages where budding artists tell me how they feel that their art is not as good as mine, that their art is not as amazing as it should be. You should never compare your art to someone else’s because each one of us has a different and unique style of painting to express ourselves. Not only believe in yourself but be open advise and criticism, for that is how you will grow. All great people start out as nothing; the more you trust yourself and the Grand Plan, the easier you will be able to achieve your goals and dreams. 

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You can check out my work at the following links:

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCWtjUMWBoB-Ob5VFZ0cRXew

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fatimah.creates/?hl=en

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The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the blog owner.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In a galaxy far away, where history could be a blur,

There dwelled another us, in another lifetime.

There, the heart had pined and grief had overwhelmed

When solitude and loneliness had raced.

None won; the Lord smiled.

The heart banged, the tears crystallised.

Spread out before He who sent them,

Questions flowed, unrequited.

Then one fine summer night, the air by the beach lifted;

The sea left its salt on the doorstep, and the birds peaked from their golden nests.

Transcendence had seemed intangible –

But only long, long ago, in times almost forgotten.

What now – what of this midsummer night’s dream?

The sundial beckons to the one who will listen;

Conquer the lost battle of an inertial valentine.

And then we shall laugh with our eyes and twirl in happy circles

Because a billion kilometres away, up high in the sky,

The stars are twinkling and the fairies are humming,

“And which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?”


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‘The Clockwork Princess’, by Cassandra Clare


Second Edition (2017)

It is with great joy and pride that I share with you – my dear followers – this second edition of the Ziauddin University Atlas, a student-run publication celebrating art, literature and culture.
I hope that when you turn the last page of this magazine, you do so with a content smile because the words across these pages had you travelling on exciting literary terrains fertile with mystic words and celestial ideas.

Happy reading!

The Ziauddin University Atlas Blog



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