For me, the photo’s message is profound and close to heart. Something that, like all important life lessons, just to be able to believe on daily basis, i really had to struggle for. Coming up with the theme and image for this year, photographing and editing it, was an experience that encouraged me to put into a photo, something that i had been wanting to portray in my peices for a while, but hadn’t found the right composition or help for.
A confident muslim woman sits on the floor pointing up excitedly and a little in disbelief as the papers she herself is passionately typing away at, flow out of her typewriter, and over the fence (her barrier) and transform into birds taking flight in the sky.
Notice she is sitting on hard and cold ground, made of concrete, a rough ride devoid of grass and life, but she used it as a strong base. Sitting in front of a fence, which represents her barrier from the outside world, from chances she never had, opportunities that were taken away from her, people that would see her talent and join her, or the lack of money, resources and every other thing that comes to a persons advantage when they have a vision.
But regardless, sitting in whatever place she has available with whatever resources she has available, she still has a fire growing in her heart, to do something wonderful for the world, something useful with her life, to leave a legacy. Behind closed doors, she uses an old typewriter, she pours her passion into it, and to her excited disbelief, watches as her passion rises above the fence and takes flight as birds do in the sky where everyone can see. Divine liberation! Notice the pages flying out of her typewriter, there are many of them, not to mention the stack under it. They represent the hard work she does even if she cant see an outcome behind a fence, the time taken to keep persistently at it. There are 6 birds in the sky in the light of the sun, compared to the hundreds of pages still behind the fence.
Your typewriter could be a paintbrush and a canvas, it could be your collection of books and a pen, it could be a blog, it could be a camera, it could be your children, it could be your education, it could be your passion for phycology, or mathematics, your desire to help those less fortunate, it could be absolutely anything you have available. All you need to do is attach a vision to it, a ton of strength with consistent hard work, and faith. Your passion will take flight if you are sincere. No matter where you come from or what you are good at, a muslimah uses her intelligence and skills to empower not only herself, but inspire all those around her.
We cannot possibly waste the talent allah has blessed us with. What would our lives be if we didn’t strive to become the best most polished version of ourselves? The pain that we encounter in our lives is not meant to weaken us and make us useless peices of walking flesh, but to MOULD us into who we were meant to be! Everyone has a talent, has skill, has things that make them smile and that they enjoy doing. Could you not use those things you have specially been blessed with, no matter what level you are at, or what age you are at, to do something special?
Why waste your youth and live the average life, and eventually die out? What mark do you leave behind after you have decomposed? What will be considered your Sadaqah Jari’ah?
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Mercy Mission canada holds a stunning conference for women, by women every year; the BeingME- Muslimah Empowered Annual Women’s Conference. Coming up with the theme and image for this year was an experience that encouraged me to put into a photo, something that i had been wanting to portray in my peices for a while, but hadn’t found the right composition or help for.