Strange Marriage

Finalist, 2011 Muslim Writers Awards (UK)- Unpublished Short Story

Daniel is an African-American who accepted Islam in New York after witnessing 9/11. An improbable string of coincidences leads him to an arranged marriage in Pakistan to a girl he’s never met.

This surprise story captures the enduring power of love, which can overcome time, distance and culture. al-Qãhırıï’s fresh narrative style lets readers personally a stranger-than-fiction tale they can scarcely imagine, yet profoundly relate to. It is, in a word, inspiration…


purified pages

purified pages is an invitation to see the world from the perspective of one who has been on an extraordinary journey of the soul. collectively, these poems are an image of transformation, but the consistent message is one of love and redemption. with a unique style born of a mind in which widely disparate influences mingle, al-Qãhırıï has created poems that are at once deeply personal and highly relevant. from the aesthetic and deceptive simplicity of the earlier poems, to the tight rhythms and caustic slang of the epic “jahiliyyah,” to later poems like the scintillating “i, mujahid” and the beautiful, ironical “tetrameron,” his work sings with a uniquely talented voice that the world needs desperately to hear.

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