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Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in… it’s a habit… but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2010 2:20 pm

    written by Portia Nelson.

  2. Umar Kazi permalink
    October 9, 2010 10:19 am

    Am going to study Arabic in Syria next year. Can you give information regarding Damascus university’s fees and the accommodation costs? And what is the situation for people with beards?


    Umar Kazi

    • October 10, 2010 5:56 pm

      wa alaykum as salaam,

      You can check out my post at on studying at the U. of Damascus for more information about it, though it is a few years out of date! It has been a number of years since I’ve been to Syria, so it would be better for you to speak to someone who has been there more recently.

      take care,

  3. December 28, 2010 7:03 pm

    Do you have an email I can reach you at?

  4. Waleed Ahmed permalink
    January 12, 2011 5:06 am

    Asalam o alaykum,

    great blog mashallah. i’ve benefited quite a bit from your articles; especially the 6 mistake series.

    I was wondering if you could comment on how studying arabic in Syria compares with studying in Egypt; which would you prefer?….I am looking for an environment that combine islamic studies and arabic. I am trying to decide where to go and since you’ve lived in both countries, your input would be very hulpful.

    Also, if you know about how yemen compares to them then let me know about that too.


  5. Olivia Carina Damm permalink
    March 30, 2011 5:54 pm


    I have been in Cairo since September. I am studying here and I would like to attend a sufi dhikr. Do you have some information and tips for me?

    Thank you.

    Kind regards


  6. June 15, 2011 11:00 pm


    Great blog masha Allah, do you have a personal e-mail I could reach you at? Jazaka Allahu Khayr.

  7. January 22, 2012 6:33 pm

    Assoilm o alakum

    I wonder if anyone can help me . I and my husband want to travel Egypt so that our 3 children 2 daughters 14 yrs and 10yrs and 13yr son can complete there hifzh Koran with ijaza inshallah. they have completed some juz . While we are there I and husband wish to learn conversation Arabic . WE only plan to be in Eygpt one year inshallah. Please can any one give us any advice/contacts of shaykhs/ koran teachers . We were advised that historical traditional Hifth schools may exist or could be found in Masjid type settings, in the older parts of the city or in less affluent areas, and may be due to modern lifestyle dynamics these schools have not flourished into the new areas. Ideally we would like something traditional but any type of hifzh programme will to attain our goals inshallah.

    We would appreciate any advice jazekallah khair

    • Nawaal permalink
      October 8, 2012 8:28 pm

      assalamualykum warahmatullah sister, my family and i have the same intention as urs alhamdulilah….did u make any progress yet?…we are from Cape Town….jazakallah Nawaal

  8. Mohammad Rasul permalink
    January 22, 2012 8:49 pm

    Asalam alaykuam sister

    I wonder if you can help us, my wife and i have been advised that Egypt is the place for memorizing the Holy Quran, hence we are looking for a good strong Qur’an Hifth program in Egypt for my 3 children, they are 10, 12 and 14 years of age they a between 3 and 7 juzz Hifth from the youngest to the eldest. Ideally we would like a structured program were they can complete their memorisation in 6 months or so, it can take longer if need be, so its a madras a system specialising in Hifth only.

    Again ideally away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and taught by people whose primary goal isn’t money, a small village set up in a practising community that has such a school would be perfect, if not then we are open to any advice and suggestions.

    May Allah reward you for your assistance .


  9. April 4, 2012 5:10 pm


    I am happy to find about you through Suhaib webb. I’m happy that you’re in Egypt now. I am an Egyptian woman, I’m 28 years old and I’m trying to study Islam from the Sufi perspective. I know a reputable academy, but it’s far from where I live, plus the studies there are in the afternoon and I’m married I can’t leave my husband. I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but I just wanted to say it out loud to someone who’d understand. If you can help me in any way; suggest different places or ways to learn or even just make du’aa. I’d appreciate it 🙂 thanks

  10. Fullmoon permalink
    July 25, 2012 3:43 pm


    Great choice of describing yourself. Abstract but comprehensive.
    Thanks for your blogs too. They are very enjoyable to read, informative and beneficial.


  11. September 26, 2012 10:31 am

    ‘Assalamualaykum, I pray this finds you well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly traveling the path to eternal felicity, inshah’Allah

    This is an Amazing Blog MashahAllah!

    May Allah Ta’ala Bless you InshahAllah! Ameen…

    You might want to check out my post on the Passing of Shaykh Sa’id Kuhil Shadhili Alayhi Rahma from Homs:

    JazakAllah Khair,

    Remember Us in Your Duas,

    Seeker of the Sacred Knowledge Team

  12. July 2, 2015 6:08 pm

    PLEASE COME BACK TO WRITING!! Dear sister, you have a unique, insightful, balanced, and interesting way of writing. This is a gift from Allah. We need more voices like yours in cyberspace, especially female ones with wisdom. I would like to encourage you to write more articles, and even books. There is no one in the world who writes like you do, as every person is unique and the gift you have been given should be used and shared. Your blog seems to be offline for some time, and I pray that you will return and engage in more writing. This is your calling. No one else has this skill the way that you have it. Trust me. And your sensitive and perceptive nature (something which I can relate to) is an asset to the art of writing as I can see by your articles, one of which I have quoted in my Facebook page. From the many sources through which I browse for Islamic information and intelligent writing I can tell that your work is on a higher level than average, which is refreshing and enlightening. So please, sister, come back to writing and expressing this skill which Allah has blessed you with.

    • July 25, 2015 11:13 pm

      I really appreciate so much your kind and encouraging words, Jazaki Allahu khayran. They mean a lot. I sincerely hope to come back to writing soon. Please keep me in your duas.

  13. knowthetruth permalink
    November 1, 2015 9:03 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum.
    There is turmoil in Syria..Where are you right now sister?.

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