My Liebster Award experience

Quietlypoetic and Parmis Rad has kindly nominated me for The Liebster Award.


It is a humbling experience for me! This blog is not even one month old and I wasn’t certainly expecting to be noticed by anyone. I would like to thank every single person who took the time to read, like, comment and follow. Truly appreciated!

Okay, back to The Liebster Award!

Liebster Blog Award Rules:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

I don’t yet have eleven favourite blogs (I am still new in blogosphere). So I will leave this part.

11 things about myself:

1. First and foremost, I am a Muslim. I am a new revert and the more I learn about my religion the more shocked I feel about how misunderstood this beautiful religion really is.

2. I like to write to express. I write on the fly. But my “ready-made” writings are often the final result of long-term preoccupation of an idea or concept or feeling.

3. I would love my readers to feel something in their hearts when they read my poems.

4. I am an introvert and love solitude.

5. I would love to do something meaningful for people in need.

6. I would love to memorize The Quran (along with meanings) and also recite it in many different styles.

7. I want to get rid of my bad habits.

8. I want to spread peace with all of my words and actions.

9. I want to learn why we humans react the way we do.

10. I would like to perform the Hajj at least once before I die.

11. I want to be a blessing to whoever comes in contact with me.

Questions from My Nominator:

1) Why do you write? What are you major influences?
I write because I HAVE to write! Sometimes things inside need a way out and these days words seem to do it right for me. I can’t write at all if I am not inspired, If I do, it all falls apart!

As for influences, I would say I am pretty broad-minded and anything can influence me to write! Sometimes I write about imaginary stuff, but mostly it is about something I realized. As for writers, I like writings by Jalaluddin Rumi and Octavio Paz. Lately I have grown a liking for Yasmin Mogahed.

2) If you were given 1 wish, what would you wish for? (You can’t wish for more wishes)
If I had to pick JUST one, it would be to be able to be the most favourite slave of The Creator.

3) What gives you the most pleasure in life?
Remembering The Creator!

4) How would you define our World to an Alien, who has never visited Earth?
This world is just a station. We come here for a short while and we will all leave. It is no use being tied to anything or anybody on Earth so much that it causes us immeasurable sadness. After all, why cry over something temporary?

5) Would you rather be famous, or living your dream?
I want to avoid fame. I don’t like the strings attached to it!
I’d like to live my dream.

6) Think of the first word that comes to your mind when describing yourself. Why do you think you chose that word?
Love. Because all I ever really wanted is love.

7) If all the books burnt in the World, and you could choose 3 to be kept, what books would you choose and why?
The Quran, Sahih Bukhari Sharif and Sahih Muslim Sharif.
The Quran is a light sent by The Creator and I cannot live without this light.
The other two books tell me how to follow Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam – peace be upon him).

8) What song best describes you?
For some reason, Doris Day’s “Que sera sera” remains an all-time favourite. It can be considered my theme song!

9) What is your best memory?
Things I felt the day I realized that The Creator exists (I was an agnostic)!

10) What do you look forward to most in the Future?
Having nearness to The Creator.

11) Robert Frost writes that ‘Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words’, do you believe that the Poets Emotions are stronger than those who don’t write?
Well, anything grows with practice. So the ability to feel and express grows with practice, too! But I wouldn’t say there aren’t exceptions! I think a sensitive person feels more and even if (s)he doesn’t express, (s)he can have strong emotions!


Authored by Sanjida Shaheed
date: January 27, 2013