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What Hijra Taught Me

Writing an assemblage of haikus in a short time seems to me as running flawlessly on the ocean waves, it takes imagination, zeal and readiness. But then, it is all possible for one who’s up for adventure.

A day to Hijrah, I was contemplating on writing a poem for the Islamic New Year. A sonnet came to my mind and I did to submit to a magazine.
Not long after that, a friend asked me what a Haiku poem was. I explained that it simply is a form of poem that contains 3 lines and 17 syllables, taking its traditional balance in mind which is a 575 line scheme, i.e, the lines contain 5, 7, and 5 syllables in each line respectively.

Although, there are other forms, this is the champion. Haiku can be traced back to Japan during the 9th century. Haiku at times is called “hokku” which means ‘light verse’.
Having written an example for my friend, the breeze of thoughts kissed my brain. I began writing on Hijra and the Haiku became ten, then twenty, till I wrote thirty and went for Salat Asr.

I pray Allah accept my prayer for my sujud had sprinkles of Haiku in it, I was so determined to make it 50.
Ma sha Allah, I wrote 60.

I told the Author of Oro n Bo about it and he was astonished, he encouraged me to check it well affirming the fact that it was a great challenge I had thrown at him.
My ink was about to exhaust when Meritborne messaged me, it was funny as he said,
“Are you possessed by madness?”, but my reply was “lol”.

I don’t want to bore you with reading this for you’ve got a lot to chew on, my broken pen landed me a round of 100 stanzas of Haiku. I’m happy and say Alhamdulillah….
This is my first poetry anthology, so, I’m giving it out as Hijra gift.

It may seem impossible that these 100 Haikus were written in a day, however, it isn’t the impossibility that matters, what matters are the hidden messages embedded in the seemingly few individual groups. The stories, encouragements, virtues and promises. I urge the reader to be as patient and as reflective as possible while reading to the last, it is the essence of penning at all.

I will like to thank Abdulalim Ajenifuja {Meritborne}, Tawfeeq {Aswagaawy} and my own childhood friend, Aisha {Nanabee} for their time in critiquing this work and providing encouragement to write more. I must say, we did this together.
To my friend Hussain who I so long to meet but oceans keep us afar, you did a great job, thank you for that cover, my heart is in love with it.

I thank you all after that which is given to the Almighty, Allah.

Ibraheem Ahmad