Thursday, December 26, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

The death of Mandela was more celebrated than mourned
For such a great loss, that was a contradiction to the norm
When such legends pass on, heaven is known to be rent asunder
A huge shooting star is registered to cross the earth's horizon
But not so, in the case of one of the most recognized icon of 21C
Death gave enough notice that it was coming for Rolihlahla
So much so, the sudden shock an event of such magnitude generates
Was absent when mankind lost one more strand of its civility
When the moment came and the man passed, voices were raised
Not in painful cries of sorrow, but in songs of celebrations
For a life well spent, fulfilled, under the spotlight of history
Kings and Queens, the rich and poor all queued to pay homage
But tears were scarce, only praises as he was finally lowered
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, ends another amazing journey
Once again proving true, known or unknown, the sun sets on all.

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Monday, December 23, 2013


Beauties are all over the place now
While some are made in the womb
Others are purchased off a shelf
But how long does true beauty
Or the applied "beauty" last?

At the peak of their imaging
Everything's so firm and full
Most think it'll last for eternity
One often wonder what gives them
Such false notion that beauty lasts

But, alas the bubble finally burst
Revealing the same servings
Served all youths through time
Only, lessons are never learnt
That physical beauty never last?

Young, beautiful, lustrous pearl
Reminds of fresh ripe luscious tomato
It comes off green and matures red
Shining beautifully, so full of itself
So adorable, guilt covers the first slice

Best thing that can happen to it though
To be used for a mouth watering meal
Be it for a veggie salad or to enrich a soup
Otherwise, it glitters to a tasteless waste
Given a day or two, perhaps just three

A shrivel, a tear, then a white spot
Tell-tale that the fame is over now
Fit only for the delight of tiny wings
Together they fly into the trash bin
And they too soon abandon the lurch

Whoever uttered the wise saying first
"Bow out when the ovation is loudest"
How many heed that from the rest
As another green tomato set to bloom
Dare to ask it, "How long does beauty last?"

"O, oh!" Hold on. For, here we go again!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

One often can't help
But wonder why

Beautiful women
Who are so, so fly

Are never seen
Wiping off a sigh

For the good
Of a sad heart nearby

Or perhaps to them
The price of time is too high

Often too busy
Self-pampering their thy

Maintaining, preserving
Their attractive thigh

Indulging in their charms
Bouying them afloat in the sky

For the next king
So, they can't afford a hi

Till they loose it all to gray
For not longer than eating a pie

How long is that
A minute or just a while?

Not long thereafter
They don't mind it in a penthouse or a pigsty

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Sunday, December 15, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

The bus is full and the journey has commenced
The driver is the one in total control now
There are various passengers on the ride
It is commonplace for some to pray
Others simply trust in the driver
One or two'd ignore and be non-chalant
Some would sleep with their mouth open
A few read their mags, newspapers, novels
First time travellerslook out to enjoy the scenery
Regulars engage in gossips, conversations and more
While one or two pay rapt attention to the road ahead

They really do not care about any but themselves
They are not the driver, but equally watch the roads
Through the vehicle's screen with more fear and agitations
Often panicking and alerting the "cool headed" driver
Who assures them that there is nothing to worry about
But, instinctively they know there is and so are vigilant

There of course is the disheveled and dingy bus conductor
With a very foul mouth, who often would shout down any
Who express fears about how the driver is performing
That is his job, very often self-imposed to please his master

But, how often the news is read to the rest of the world
About an accident in which all in the vehicle have perished
Except an innocent child or two
Is this making some sense? 

Many would say, that "mad, crazy, selfish" person
Who was cautioning the driver is being too worried
He should relax and enjoy the ride, just like others
Luckily another might add his concern to the agitation
Then another and another and another and one other
Soon the non-chalant, sleepers, readers, gossippers
Get disturbed from their preferred engagements

They would each get involved, help restore normalcy
So, they can continue enjoying their travel past time
For it is mostly when many or almost all in the ride
The passengers become wary of the dangers
And they appeal to the driver to do the right thing
That the sojourn would be safe, each arriving their destinations
And thus tell the story of a nostalgic golden experience

"Kukan kurciya jawabi ne... (The Dove's Cry is a message...)
Mai hankali ke ganewa. (Only the wise understands it)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Heard on the radio last night that the Sign Language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela funeral was a fake. The association for the deaf and dumb in South Africa have expressed their dismay at the gross disrespect upon their whole lot. This goes to show how confident fraud is fast becoming in this world. What audacity!  Can just imagine, at a world gathering like that, for such a monumental occassion! If it were in Nigeria, I'd understand and it'd be acceptable. Yes, we've tarnished our image to that despicable point.  But, in South Africa? With all these important guys in attendance and at the funeral of one of the most important figure in modern day global village Nelson Mandela?  This is unforgivable!

Monday, December 9, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

I am a witness that
The end of time has begun
And nudity of the mind, body and soul is now vogue

I am ashamed that
Man has stooped so low
As to go back to being a beast in 21c

I am daunted that
Parents, many, are no more that
But abusers of innocence

I am worried that
The young, our future are taking
To immorality and materialism

I am disturbed that
The politicians are disgracefully
Exploiting of their people's trust

I am lamenting that
Freedom of speech is used
As a means to cause disharmony

I am sad that
Liberties are misunderstood
To mean oppressing a fellow human

I am appalled that
Justice is for sale at a price
Only the guilty can afford

I am angry that
Man is allowing racism deny him
The joy of joy, of cultural discovery

I am shocked that
Man is the most intelligent of all
Yet, busy destroying his civilization

I am uncomfortable that
The world is deliberately being steered
Towards onerous chaos and anarchy

I am so discouraged that
The future seems bleak despite
All the inventions, progress man is making

I am amazed that
We can read and write
But, yet can not think and understand

I am perturbed that
Darkess came before light. But look
We are now heading back to pre-history

Instead of advancing towards brilliance
The accursed is winning, taking all but a few
Can the wise save his soul and just one other?

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Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Wow! What a day! 

I woke up at dawn, 4:45am or thereabout and prayed the Fajr Salat. 

Then donned my training kit and went for my weekend football game with our local club at a primary school nearby. By the way, did I inform you that we recently thrashed another club of younger boys who thought we could not measure up to them by 4 goal to 1? :) In fact, one of them promised his team a hat-trick against us or else he'd stop playing football for life. He lied and failed just like all liars do... Hehehehehe. Another boasted that they'll beat us by 6 goals to nothing. Naaah!

Then, as the game was about to start, one of our boys teased the referee that there are 12 of us againsttheir 11. Before the ref could answer, a striker of the opposing team interrupted, saying to the ref, "We are ok with that! Allow them, allow them! In fact, we permit them to add 1 more player, making their squad 13 against or our 11" and ran off full of enthusiasm. Well, they left the pitch with their tails between their legs! Pwuahahahahahaha!

After the training session, I went to our company sounds recording studio, The 3rd Millenium Studio and finished editing a special one hour packaged program about Freedom Radio 99.5FM 10th Year Anniversary. May be some of you guys heard it? It aired between 2:15-3:15pm. The first independent privately owned FM station in Northern Nigeria i.e. Freedom Radio, Kano just clocked 10 years of existence on December 1st, 2013. Our media organization SoundWord & Sight Communications Nigeria Limited was part of that journey as collaborative partners and so the need on our part to tell our side of the story.

Just when I was due to zap to Freedom House with the produced cd, an unexpected (this is Sunday) call was made for me to come to one of my construction sites by a client and supervise a piece of masonery works for a foundation being executed. Got there, briefly gave instructions and immediately took off for the radio house at Sharada like a bat out of hell as the popular saying goes.

Upon arrival, had the anniversary program aired and there after returned to the building site where I had to supervise the works to its correct construction specifications. Paid the workers and by then it was Magrib prayer time. Prayed at a mosque within the vicinity, then gave one of the labourers a lift as he was going towards my direction. Finally arrived home, famished. I was presented with my breakfast, what was left of my lunch and dinner. Hehehehe. The only meal I've had the opportunity of taking all day long was a fruit serving of bananas, oranges and water melon and that was by 4-5pm.

By the time I ate, all I could do is waste myself on the bed and barely got up to go and observe the Isha' salat. And when I returned and flopped back on the bed, the next time I woke up, it was my pressured bladder and the call to another Subh prayer that did it.

Typical day of a man doing his own thing... And alhamdulilLaah, I love it.

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Monday, December 2, 2013


... Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

One of the most open secrets that many fail to take advantage of is night standing, in salat. The benefits are so immense that they can not be quantified. Qiyamal layl as it is popularly called is recommended by Allaah Subhanahu Wa Ta'alah in several verses in the Quran, thus:

“They (the believers) forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope; and they spend out of what We have bestowed on them.” Soorah as-Sajdah 32: 16

“They (the pious) used to sleep but little at night.” Soorah ath-Thariyat (51): 17

And Allah's Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The best prayer after those prescribed is (the prayer performed) in the depth of night.” [Saheeh Muslim and Musnad Ahmad]

Again in another hadith, he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also said: “The most beloved prayer to Allah was of Dawud (alaihi as-salaam). He slept one half of the night, got up (and prayed) for one third, and then slept (the remaining) one sixth.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim]

Numerous are the benefits of such night standing. We will mention them briefly; it protects one from satan, facilitates supplication acceptance, brings one close to Allah, is a means of earning Allah's Mercy and doing it regularly instill discipline in the night stander. However, the details of these are not what we want to highlight in this piece.

The similitude of the one who stands in the middle of the night for prayers, while others sleep is like that of a person in a place where water is extremely scarce, coming from one singular source during the day and at night. It runs free, undisturbed, non-stop whether it is collected or not. From this one source, everybody gets his daily supply of the precious liquid.

Many are the persons in the populace that need it and so they scramble, stampede and even fight for it. Some hurting themselves and each other in the process, loosing so much respect and becoming disgraceful while at it.

For those who choose to ignore collecting it that way, for free, in an effort to maintain their status and dignity, end up using their resources to purchase it at a very exorbitant price. And the need for this life companion resource is daily and so the demand for it is endless.

Now, on days the water comes in trickles or even briefly gets witheld from its one source, many who have not saved and stored their excess or extra for the proverbial rainy day, and can not afford to buy it at its costly offering tag end up begging, stealing, robbing or even killing for it.

But, for the man or woman who stands before his or her Lord, all alone in prayers in the midst of the night, it is like one who is at the water source, alone, when the water is at its purest, undisturbed flow, with no one else to struggle, compete or hinder his or her bountiful collection.

He first uses the water for his immediate satisfaction, then to meet all his daily needs and fetches some more, filling all his containers and finally letting it run to fill his underground reservoir.

By the time it is dawn and the first soul stirs back to life, he or she is fully done. And when the sun is up and the heat is on, the fetchers queue up, stretching and snaking far and long till the eyes can see.

Soon, patience starts to run out and words of anger and annoyance starts to criss-cross, before the ultimate grand finalé, the daily fistful engagements. The night stander watches pitifully and smile at their desperations.

All his calls for people to be orderly, falls on no ears. Where they do, deaf ears. And his sincere advice for self-sufficiency is unheeded and so the saga continues. Many wonder though how he is never seen in want of what they know everybody needs.

Interesting, isn't it?

So, be you a Night Stander.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013


... by Tijjani Muhammad Musa


I just came on board my Facebook wall and commenced browsing downward to see what new is happening and catch up on what I've missed. Suddenly I saw this heading: PROGRESSIVE PROFESSOR URGES WHITE MALE STUDENTS TO COMMIT SUICIDE DURING CLASS and my interest and curiousity was activated. Who could be so bold, making this very serious, not-so-palatable statement and directing it to the whites? Habaa! 

So I clicked on the title which combined as a link to arrive at a website - Diversity Chronicle and the bold and brazen interview of the Professor who made that euthanistic suggestion.

These are some of the shocking things he had to say in response to questions asked by Ivan Fernando, which made the title simply a child's play... Hear him:

“If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a white male do? He’s good for nothing" - Professor Noel Ignatiev

Obviously, all whites need to be destroyed, but why not start with white males? They are behind most of history’s greatest atrocities. - Professor Noel Ignatiev

Eventually white women can breed out, but my feeling is that if you are a white male, you should kill yourself now. If you are a thoughtful person, with a social consciousness who considers himself white, you will consider suicide. It’s the right thing to do. - Professor Noel Ignatiev

No one has committed violence, genocide and dispossession on the level of white males. The whole purpose of white male culture is to perpetuate their privileged status and continue their oppression of non-whites.  - Professor Noel Ignatiev

Whites don’t have a culture like other races in which traditions and customs are preserved as an expression of a common identity. White culture is an entirely economic and social culture which is about shutting out other people deemed “non-white” as a means of preventing their social and economic advancement! In other words all of ‘white culture’ so-called, stems from hatred of the other, unlike other ethnicities which do have cultures. -  Professor Noel Ignatiev

Eventually, I would like to put white males in concentration camps and work them to death just like they’ve done to everyone else. When they are all dead we can throw a party and dance around their corpses! - Professor Noel Ignatiev

Slavery, genocides against aboriginal peoples and massive land confiscation, the inquisition, the holocaust, white males are all to blame! You maintain your white male privilege only by oppressing, discriminating against and enslaving others!” - Professor Noel Ignatiev

White people are a disease, they are parasites! They don’t deserve to live!  - Professor Noel Ignatiev

You can read the full article via this link:

Though it might sound ok to some people and the points he raised as his reasons for such a call on all white males might be true or can not be disputed to most, if not all non-whites, still it is not the best things to say to any one person or group of people, not to talk of a whole race.

Islamically, we are not to ever suggest clearly or disguisedly that any one should commit suicide, no matter how grevious or unforgivable are his or her atrocities. And yes, I know the Professor is expressing his candid opinion, based on reasons best known to him and that it has nothing to do with anything spiritual or religious, but as a Muslim one must always consider and analyze whatever we come across through the prism of our faith.

In Quran Allaah SWT Says:

Q4:110 - And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself, but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful.

Q12:87 - And never give up hope of Allah's Mercy. Certainly no one despairs of Allah's Mercy, except the people who disbelieve."

Q4:29 - And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.

And the Prophet, Muhammad SAWS said:

"None of you should Wish for death because of a calamity befalling him; but if he has to Wish for death, he should say: "O Allah! Keep me alive as long as life is better for me, and let me die if death is better for me.' " - Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 575 Narrated by Anas bin Malik

"And none of you should Wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah." - Bukhari Volume 7, Book 70, Number 577 Narrated by Abu Huraira

So, based on the foregoing extracts from both the Quran and Hadith, it is ill-adviced to suggest to anyone to kill himself or herself just because of his unimaginable sins and crimes. Nor should anybody incline towards committing suicide, no matter how undescribable are his or her evil doings. 

Rather, the person should turn to Allaah SWT and seek for forgiveness. As humans, we are not perfect and are full of errors in our actions and reactions. But in Allaah, let any who has hope for the best of a future, turn.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Let nobody think the worldwide concern and interest generated by the controversial Angolan ban on Islam and its subsequent denial by their Foreign embassy in Washington DC was a waste of time. Actually it was not a waste. 

There's no smoke without fire. If there was no ban or something similar, then what started the "rumour"? To the point of even quoting some highly placed government officials. Ai biri ya yi kama da mutum. We are just letting anybody know that just because Angolan Muslims are a minority there, none should think of even remotely denying them of their fundamental human right to freely worship. 

Even the majority Angolan Christian population are all not followers of the same denomination. Some are Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, Baptists, Pentacostal etc. Remember, this is Africa, so I'm sure there are traditional religion practitioers. And of course there must be atheists, satanists, cultists, free thinkers etc, so it is not possible that all except the 5% Muslims in Angola are non-Christians. 

So, let each individual choose to worship whatever he or she willingly prefer. Also 16 million Angolans, less the 5% Muslims there can not obliterate the 1.8 billion Muslim Ummah (nation) worldwide! This is because the religion of those 5% Muslim Angolans is a small pinch off the growing global Islamic movement. 

And if that is allowed to happen, then all minority faiths, cults, movements or simple ideological fraternities worldwide are doomed. But, be rest assured Islam would not be among them. This is because it is the fastest growing religion in the world and currently occupying the No.1 position even above the collective Christian population as devotional faith. 

Looking closely at this, it is actually a concern not about or for Islam, but a worry about humanity and wherever the word 'Minority' would show itself. Even the majority worldwide as this very case typically demonstrates, could be a minority somewhere else. There are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Krishnan, Marxist, etc minorities else where. Whereas in other countries, regions or continents, these very same religious followings could each be a majority. Therefore, it is tolerance and accomodating our differences that would see us progress as mankind. Not barbarism. Definitely, not this. 

So, it is gross stupidity and absolute retardation of the mind, body and soul for any to remotely, even in a dream, think like that. The person or nation must be a psychopathic case. 

(c)(r) 2013 Tijjani M. M.


This is a series of Haiku Poems written by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip" as inspired by the controvercial Angola's ban on Islam (, which sensationalize the internet during the 3rd weekend of November 2013 via some websites.

In response to the scandalous news, a Haiku poem titled ANGOLA BANS LIGHT was first penned and posted on Facebook by Poetic Tee and it reads thus:


Angola bans light
Choosing to dwell in darkness
For how long? Poor souls.

This inspired other poets to immediately start expressing their dismay at the unpleasant news. While condemnations poured out from different individuals and sources for such a fundamental human rights violation by Angola, the series were penned down and scheduled to further reinforce the outrage.

The Haiku poems are 21 in number and were published one after another on both my Facebook wall and Twitter account. They are a representation of the mind of Angola as it took the unfortunate decision without considering the possible consequences of such a rule. Similar scenerios are presented to The Angolan Mind and its reaction to them are expressed along the ban on Islam path to show how impossibly inhumane the decision was. 

It was while the 13th piece was  posted that another Breaking News was made stating that Angola has denied banning Islam in their country via this link:

Below are the Haiku Series aptly titled THE ANGOLAN MIND.  Enjoy the read, then reflect on them please...

THE ANGOLAN MIND - Inspired by Angola's ban on Islam
... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"


"Bad's our neighbour son
Let's kill our own child in case
He turns evil too."


"Nigerians are crooks
Stop transacting with any
None is trust-worthy."


The apple tree bears
Few sour ones in a billion
"Uproot it now. Now!"


"You have breast cancer
And there is no cure yet
My advice? Suicide"


"Human rights violation
Naah! This is a cult, Angola"
Ignorance, indulge!


"Islam, evil cult"?
Worshiping in the open
2 billion man strong!


Let's make history
Albeit infamously! "Aye!"
Kill Angola's Islam


My wife is bad, mad
It seems she is pregnant
"Kill her for the child"


That child is trouble
She brings home nothing but that
"Bury her, alive!"


The Jews are evil
Through all time in history
"Exile them, ban them"


"Muslims are backward
So what if Europe advanced
In knowledge through them"


Violate a Muslim's rights
The "just" world ignores the crime
Uphold and get condemned.


Angola bans it
The "civil" minds celebrate
Justice's murder. Chai!


Just how smart are you?
Faced with a tough test question
"Tear it up! Walk out!"


"I do not care
If it's World Number 1 faith
I Am Angola!"


"World fastest growing
My foot! It's no religion.
1.8 billion?!!!"


"I'm civilized!
Yes, this is Twenty-first Cee!
Angola's not MAD!!!"


"Can you not see it?
Am afraid of loosing me
To Islam, the Peace"


Angola denies
Banning ISLAM. Well, well, well!
No fire, no smoke!


In religion no
Compulsion. For you, your ways
For me, mine. Respect.


The rights to freely
Worship is fundamental
Deny not one soul.


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Sunday, November 24, 2013



Angola bans light
Choosing to dwell in darkness
For how long? Poor souls.

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Friday, November 22, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

Come, let me tell you a fine story
That might set your mind go aflurry

This is about a man of envious fame
Better still the Devil's favourite flame

He choses him with a sieve and care
Befitting a task full of charms and flare

Young, strong, handsome and hung
Muscle packed, tight and strung

Irresistible smile that causes a swoon
Neither of the blue nor the silver spoon

Most eloquent, what a cute thriller
At his peak, simply a lady-dazzler

A master playboy with no time for love
Only for tracing his fingers over a curve

A dozen and a half, just for a smile
Vanquished hearts queue for a mile

Fair, tall, slim, subtle, almost self-made
At his beck and call, they simply parade

Craving only for a brief glance
Lucky star in a moonlight dance

Beauties on the menu? Press "Play"
Many a heart, he shatters and spray

By the seconds, minutes of the hour
Enchanting, charming, bees to flower

Rivers of tears fit for a record swim
Oceans of pains, foams get a skim

The devil's exciting and tempting game
Time celebrating his fame and blame

The day dragged on 36 hours endless
Until the hour-glass drained off sandless

At twilight when the sun heat's a flint
An angel floats-by catching his squint

Mersmerizing, intoxicating, fully on offer
In full glory, scented rose dare its sniffer

Transparent, soft and delicate of mould
Fingers failed to lift, to touch and to hold

Slouched, wrinkled and frail of bones
Barely audible, in wavering monotones

The day's over for this former hot ember
Another found? January to December 

Come, let me tell you another fine story
That might again set your mind go aflurry...

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Friday, November 15, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

Lovers are a mystique
Lost in a maze, together
And wish not to ever
To be found
To be freed, to be rescued
Nor pray to find a way

Lovers only want one thing
Each other's presence
They crave only themselves
To hear love's word
See love smile, feel as one
Nothing more, nobody else

Even time fear lovers' in-love
For it stands still, mute
In their presence
Their hunger and thirst
Are imprisoned
Each time two becomes one

Their minds is preoccupied
With each other's thoughts
Breathing each other
Thinking one another
Whisper and touch, the other

They sleep and dream
Wake and daydream each other
Lovers don't need eyes to see
All they need's a sense to feel
With which they see what
Loveless souls fail to see

It is those outside
Their circle of love
That see faults
Flaws, wrongs, mistakes
Lovers see only
2 hearts beating, as one

Lovers don't feel
The heat of fire
Or the sun scorching
They notice not
Coldness of the winter
Or its breeze wallowing

The dry, hot, torchy
And bristly desert wind
Blows cool against lovers
Tendering their skins
"Stay me love, stay"
Lovers would beg

And the wetness of rain
Does nothing but flowers
Fragrances and blossoms
Lovers intimate intimacy
With each drenched drop
Lovers love springs

In their own love
Nurtured "eco-system"
There is no atmosphere
No weather nor seasons
Only harmonized body heat
Even if miles or worlds apart 

In a lovers heaven
Our world in turmoil
Full of no tomorrow
Is a cold war game
With no cold and no war
Only their game.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

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My ability to reveal through poems my innermost feelings, observations, reflections, understandings, thoughts and so on about life, its simplicity and intricacies has indulged my interest further in poetry, making me hungry for knowing more about this amazing literary art. A form of expression that is very very powerful indeed, most especially when it comes to emotional, phylosophical, logical, mystical and spiritual revelations.

In the course of my rumaging, I came across this educative piece dealing with the different types of poetic expressions and found it so valuable, the urge to share it overwhelmed me. Thus, this post... Hope, you find it as enriching as I did.


Many people have heard about haiku. In fact, most of us are instructed at one point or another-usually in elementary school or high school-to write one of our very own. Even if you did that, do you remember what this type of poem actually is?

Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry which is composed of three non rhyming lines. The first and third lines have five syllables each and the second line has seven syllables. They often express feelings and thoughts about nature; however, you could write a poem about any subject that you would like to in this form. Perhaps the most famous Haiku is Basho's Old Pond:

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

Translated, this poem reads:
The old pond
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.


One of the poetic favorites is pastoral poetry because it elicits such wonderful senses of peace and harmony. Examples of this form include Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn , which is also a type of ode. A stanza of this poem reads:

Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of Silence and slow Time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:
What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape
Of deities or mortals, or of both,
In Tempe or the dales of Arcady?
What men or gods are these? 
What maidens loth?
What mad pursuit? 
What struggle to escape?
What pipes and timbrels?
What wild ecstasy?

Like the haiku, nature is often at the center of these types of poems as well. In general, pastoral poetry will focus on describing a rural place, but the terms will be peaceful and endearing. You will feel at ease after reading these types of poems.

Many pastoral poems are written about shepherds. They are written as a series of rhyming couplets.


You might be able to get some sort of sense of what this poetry encompasses just by looking at the name of it. The lines in these types of poems are arranged in what are called "tercets."

What this means is the lines come in groups of threes. That does not mean that the poem is only three lines long. There can be multiple groups of three lines. Like the haiku, there are certain syllable requirements, as most poems written in terza rima have lines of 10 or 11 syllables.

The Italian poet Dante created this form, and his Divine Comedy is one of the best-known examples of the form. A stanza of this poem reads:

His glory, by whose might all things are mov'd,
Pierces the universe, and in one part
Sheds more resplendence, elsewhere less. In heav'n,
That largeliest of his light partakes, was I,
Witness of things, which to relate again
Surpasseth power of him who comes from thence;
For that, so near approaching its desire
Our intellect is to such depth absorb'd,
That memory cannot follow. Nathless all,
That in my thoughts I of that sacred realm
Could store, shall now be matter of my song.


Are you familiar with the term "ballad"? You probably are, because people sometimes refer to songs-particularly romantic ones-as ballads. In fact, ballad poems are frequently sung-or at least they are intended to be sung-and they are often about love. Often, these ballads will tell stories and they tend to be of a mystical nature. As a song does, ballads tend to have a refrain that repeats at various intervals throughout.

Guido Cavalcanti's Ballad and Sir Walter Raleigh's As You Came from the Holy Land both demonstrate the musical quality of the ballad. An excerpt from Raleigh's poem can be seen here:

As you came from the holy land
Of Walsinghame,
Met you not with my true love
By the way as you came?
How shall I know your true love,
That have met many one,
As I went to the holy land,
That have come, that have gone?


We decided to place a focus on imagery poems because of the immense power that they possess. Many, many poems can be classified as imagery poems; however, some are better at the task than others. Individuals who often write imagery-based poems are known as Imagists.

William Carlos Williams' short poem The Red Wheelbarrow is a famous example of a short imagist poem:

so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white

These types of poems work to draw a picture in the mind of the reader, in order to give an extremely powerful image of what the writer is talking about. They work to intensify the senses of the reader.


A limerick is a poem that is often silly or whimsical, written in five lines with an AABBA rhyme scheme. Often, limericks tell a short, humorous story. These types of poems have been popular for hundreds of years, particularly in the English language.

When limericks first became popular, they often expressed ideas that were crude and off-color but today, limericks express all sorts of ideas. The form of the limerick was made popular by a British poet named Edward Lear in the 1800s, whose limericksMoften started off: There once was or There was. Some of his limericks include There was an Old Man with a Nose and There was a Young Lady of Dorking , which goes like this:

There was a Young Lady of Dorking,
Who bought a large bonnet for walking;
But its colour and size,
So bedazzled her eyes,
That she very soon went back to Dorking.


One of the longest types of poems is known as the epic poem, which has been around for thousands of years. Technically a type of narrative poem, which tells a story, epic poems usually tell the story of a mythical warrior and the great things that he accomplished in all of his journeys such as The Odyssey and The Iliad.

Epic poetry began as folk stories that were passed down from generation to generation, which were then later written into long form. One of the oldest epic poems is actually one of the oldest pieces of written literature in the world. It is called the Epic of Gilgamesh and dates back to 1800 BC. The start of this epic (with the translater's (?) notes) reads:

He who has seen everything, I will make known (?) to the lands.
I will teach (?) about him who experienced all things, ... alike,
Anu granted him the totality of knowledge of all.
He saw the Secret, discovered the Hidden, he brought information of (the time) before the Flood.
He went on a distant journey, pushing himself to exhaustion, but then was brought to peace.
He carved on a stone stela all of his toils, and built the wall of Uruk-Haven,the wall of the sacred Eanna Temple, the holy sanctuary.


Because poems can express a wide variety of emotions, there are sad forms of poetry as well as happy ones. One of these sad forms is known as an elegy.

Elegies express a lament, often over the death of a loved one. This makes elegies especially popular for funerals. Some elegies are written not only to be read out loud; they can be put to music and sung.

Tennyson's In Memoriam is an elegy to a close friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, and was written over twenty years:

Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove;
Thine are these orbs of light and shade;
Thou madest Life in man and brute;
Thou madest Death; and lo, thy foot
Is on the skull which thou hast made.


While it is easy to think that poems have to rhyme, free verse is a type of poetry that does not require any rhyme scheme or meter. Poems written in free verse, however, do tend to employ other types of creative language such as alliteration, words that begin with the same sound, or assonance, the repetition of vowel sounds.

Some people find free verse to be a less restrictive type of poetry to write since it doesn't have to employ the form or the rhyming schemes of other types of poetry.

The free verse form of poetry became popular in the 1800s, and continues to be popular among poets even to this day. TS Eliot was one of the masters of the form, as best seen in his poems The Waste Land and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which begins:

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming questionÉ.
Oh, do not ask, ÒWhat is it?Ó
Let us go and make our visit.


One of the most famous types of poetry, the sonnet, has been popular with authors from Dante to Shakespeare. A sonnet contains 14 lines, typically with two rhyming stanzas known as a rhyming couplet at the end.

There are several types of sonnets, including:
Italian (also known as Petrarchan)
English or Shakespearean sonnet

Shakespeare, famous for writing more than 150 sonnets (including his popular Sonnet 138 ) is credited with creating for a form of the sonnet that enjoyed widespread popularity throughout England for hundreds of years. Sonnet 138 reads:

When my love swears that she is made of truth
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppress'd.
But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told:
Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be.

Reading and understanding these types of poems should help you to better analyze poetry that you come across and may even inspire you to write your own creative works.


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

Deep within, a distressed soul seeks for a way
To heaven, yes. To hell, no! NEVER! So stay
Hey! Tomorrow is often better than today
If Only patience is allowed to hold sway.

Tijjani M. M. (c)20131114 All Rights Reserved


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

Oh how I love the word written
It is nothing but mere thoughts laid out
And a sure proof that a mind thrives
Immortalizing its owner 1000 years beyond

Oh how I cherish the word written
It preys on the eyes that dare reads
Resurrecting mystically to influence
Again and again and again and again

Oh how I adore the word written
How many an idea'd have been lost forever
Countless a diamond in the rough missed
Confucius, Shakespeare, but not The Unlettered

Oh how I value the word written
Its secrets lie in the scrolls, light and open
Beauty, worthy, mighty, depends on the apple
Sure a wonder! Indeed what a pleasurable tea

Oh how I treasure the word written
Time celebrates, then perishes all civilizations
Memories try retentively, alas effort-waste
The word penned or qwerty tales easy

Oh how I rever the word written
Revelations, the physical, the ghaib
Many a layer of darkness, light shreds
"KUN", Al-Qalam, Iqra' Reveals Ar-Rahman

Oh how I'm speechless about the word written!

Tijjani M. M. (c)20110722
All Rights Reserved

A DAY'S ALL I HAVE - The Tafsir Version

Abdulsamad Shua'ibu Adam having read my poem A DAY'S ALL I HAVE said : "I need at least an explanation about what the poem is all about" 

Well, below is the breakdown, a sort of a "Tafsir" of the piece into its full length. 

Usually poems are extraction from a full story, detailed observations or experiences. So, many often find it difficult to fully understand what the poet is trying to communicate to his readers or audience, because of the missing parts of the wordscraft. Thus everybody is at liberty to interprete the piece as he or she so understand the words and in literary circle, even against the author's meaning of the words in parts or as a whole. What the literary world refers to as "metaphorically kill the poet". Anyway, this is essentially what I meant with A DAY'S ALL I HAVE... Enjoy it.

A DAY'S ALL I HAVE (The Tafsir) ... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip" 

I'm on a journey (through this life) And my mount ( i.e. vehicle upon which I'm travelling) is time. (Allah SWT Has) Set (me) forth on a planet (which is this world and) My destination? (Is) A full circle (that is from life to death - from Allaah back to Allaah).

I'm to transverse Over mountain heights (or tops) To points of no breath (i.e. even into space where it is impossible to stay alive or) Crawl in ocean valleys Where no light has seen (that is the deepest part of the ocean floor where sunlight never reaches)

I started out pre-dawn (meaning as a fertilized egg in my mother's womb) At last rays of dusk (that is when the day, my life on earth has come to an end, which) By a precise count (of my breath as given to me by my God Allaah) My return (death) is scheduled.

A day's all I have (been given i.e. 24 hours only to live, achieve whatever I can, but most importantly attain my ticket to Jannah i.e. Paradise). Not a second more, Nor a moment less. (I am only) A free soul with choices (in so many things subjected to me provided by Allaah) To (either) make or to mar my success (not as a man who has lived on earth, but as a man who'll stand before Allaah SWT to be judged).

(c)(r) Tijjani M. M.
091113 @05:34:08

Now, all that is what becomes this:

... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip" 

I'm on a journey
And my mount is time
Set forth on a planet
My destination? A full circle

I'm to transverse
Over mountain heights
To points of no breath
Crawl in ocean valleys
Where no light has seen

I started out pre-dawn
At last rays of dusk
By a precise count
My return is scheduled

A day's all I have
Not a second more
Nor a moment less
A free soul with choices
To make or to mar my success

(c)(r) Tijjani M. M.
091113 @05:34:08

A DAY'S ALL I HAVE (poetry)

... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip" 

I'm on a journey
And my mount is time
Set forth on a planet
My destination? A full circle

I'm to transverse
Over mountain heights
To points of no breath
Crawl in ocean valleys
Where no light has seen

I started out pre-dawn
At last rays of dusk
By a precise count
My return is scheduled

A day's all I have
Not a second more
Nor a moment less
A free soul with choices
To make or to mar my success

(c)(r) Tijjani M. M.
091113 @05:34:08


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

Poetry sets one free
letting you through a stargate
to live on another realm
where 'impossible is nothing'
because it does not exist

It permits you
to live in your mind
where physicality and its shackles
simply fizzles into thin air
or is it a vacuum

Since there, air exist not
nor do time, space, dimension
and every other thing
one might think holds sway
on planet universe

With poetry
you are permitted to live
beyond your widest dreams
and wildest imagination
impossibility is possible

Tijjani M. M. (c)20131113
All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 11, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip" 

Designer clothes, shoes and perfumes
Variety of shapes, colors and sizes
Different textures, hues and tints
All in efforts to excite our 5 senses

Mankind recognizes the need for choices
And exploits it to real and vainful gains
Making billonaires, pimps and commoners
Proverbially "Killing 2 birds with one stone"

Ever bothered to ask why man copied that
From a source he often chooses to defy
That made him unique, endowed and thinks
Only of today, never of tomorrow, the most

How could man, intelligent, able and wise
Black, white, rainbow, beautiful or otherwise
Seeing other things similarly by nature varied
Claim his ability, yet unjustly strip and deny

Is it wisdom to see with the eyes only brilliance
Without considering what sits next in the shadows
Thinking, that is all to the light and nothing more
When yesterday, tomorrow is today

And earlier, later is now?

(c)(r) Tijjani M. M.
091113 @05:26:27

Sunday, November 10, 2013


... by Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

I am no poet
But for you I will write one poem
Even if it's the very worst stanza

I am no singer
But for you I will sing
Even if it's a song none might listen to

I am no musician
But for you I will compose a melody
Even if the notes will refuse to be played

I am no artist
But for you I will paint a "masterpiece"
Even if it'll be hidden away out of shame

I am no thief
But for you I can risk an execution
Even if I am a cat living my nineth life

I am no orator
But for you I will say words on marble
Even if no one will ever quote them

I am no magician
But for you I don't mind casting a spell
Even if it'll back-fire turning me into a toad

I am no king
But for you I will issue a decree
Even if that'll strip me of my kingdom, exiled

I am no begger
But for you I will go cap in hand
Even if my most detested enemy'll deny me

I am no star
But for you I will shine and glimmer
Even if I need the energy to take one last breath

I am no lover
But for you I will be a romeo
Even if my death would not be written by shakespeare

I am no knight
But for you I will wear an armour
Even if my heart is filled with cowardise

I am no saint
But for you I will try to be an angel
Even if I am to have no wings to fly

I am no psyche
But for you I will read minds
Even if I can't any other, but just mine

I am no noctunal
But for you I'll stand till dawn breaks
Even if then I'm condemned to live as dracula

I am not today
But for you I'll be tomorrow
Even if forever, I never come

I am no slave
But for You I crave a Lord and Master
Even if I am to be rewarded, eternally with Hell

(c)(r)2011-13 Tijjani M. M.
All Rights Reserved

Thursday, November 7, 2013


(... Found Poetry inspired by Poetic Tee's "When I Die")

So Bello you sipped it too?
Well, actually I am a student
Of Malam Isa, the master poet
And of course TJ
And Huzaifa and other poets
Reading and appreciating their poems

The few ones
I have written
Are pathetic to say least
But I am consoled by the fact (that)
Many writers we(a)re pathetic poets
Achebe for example

But poets do impress me
With the way they 'effortlessly'
Showcase wisdom
It is a gift
Well done.

Rabiu Shamma (c) 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


This is Google Glass

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.(wikipedia)

(google image)

Pwuaaahahahahahahahahaha! B)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

9ja FACTS Just For You.

1.... Nigeria are the highest users of slangs in Africa, 2nd only to USA in the world

2.... Nigeria’s President has the highest vehicle convoy in the world

3.... An Ibo man hustles from Jan 2nd to Dec 24th, only to spend it all in the village in 1 week

4.... The cost of living in Abuja is more expensive than the cost of living in London

5.... Nigeria has the highest number of musicians in the world

6.... An average Ibo man can smell money that is 100 meters away

7.... The most spoken phrase in Nigeria is “How far?”

8.... 33% of all divorce filings in 2011 contained the word "Facebook"

9.... Nigerian Senator receive a Wardrobe allowance of N621,061.37 Monthly! That's about 4000 USD

10.... There are more churches in Lagos than there are in the whole of Israel.

11.... Nig Senators earn an Accommodation allowance of N4,968,509 monthly(About $32,500)•They are probably paying for their apartments in hell

Sunday, November 3, 2013

BUT HOW OFTEN WE ARE WRONG Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

We often mistake everyone for being cultured
But how often we are wrong.

We also think everyone who can read and write is educated
But how often we are wrong.

We sometimes think everyone we meet is sane
But how often we are wrong.

We good heartedly give respect to others, expecting same in return
But how often we are wrong.

We then believe moral soundness is a trait everyone we interact with has
But how often we are wrong.

We smile at a person upon meeting, thinking it'll warm hearts
But how often we are wrong.

We give many the benefits of doubt, hoping they'll live up to expectations
But how often we are wrong.

We at most times anticipate civil behavior from persons in suits and ties
But how often we are wrong.

We can finally only forgive, tolerate and forebear
Hopefully, we often would not be wrong.

(c)(r) Tijjani M. M.
091013 @15:13:17

Thursday, October 31, 2013


... By Poetic Tee "Here, take a sip"

When I die
Is it the world
That is free of me
Or am I the one
That is free of the world?

No more hunger
To satisfy
Nor thirst
to quench

No more striving
For vanities
Nor beauties
To lust after

No more body
To pamper
Nor health
To safe-guard

No more expectations
To meet
Nor disappointments
To witness

No more love
To cherish
Nor a broken heart
To mend

No more ignorance
To exhibit
Nor knowledge
To share

No more truth
To tell
Nor lies
To be told

No more mystery
To ponder upon
Nor certainty
To express

No more false gods
To worship
Nor the room
To doubt The One

When I die
All that is left
Is my soul alone
In transit about to account
For my actions, reactions and words

Sacrosanct indeed.

(c)(r) Tijjani M. M.
@15:08:18 20131021
All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


@112teejay - Islam says marry early. Others say it is barbaric. So, which is better, the Islamic approach or girls pimping 


Very interesting indeed. I hope you have the patience to go there and read the piece. Where young girls between 10-17 years old not only prostitute themselves but offer other new entries into the evil profession as their pimps, making money off such connections with customers. Girls as young as 16, 17 years, one in focus with 2 illegitimate bastards to her prostitution credit and now pimping off other girls as small as 12, 13 years old! 

And still some persons would tell us early fornication is better than early marriage? Well, "No matter what they will keep saying" kam! We are now left with the onerous responsibility of pointing out the covered traps of the fore bearers of the Dajjal and by extension Satan himself. This opportunity given to us by Allaah SWT to Facebook, Twitter, Blog etc, by Allaah is golden. If only we know what to do with it.

May Allaah Empower us to do it through and through "No matter what they will keep saying" including the hypocrites amongst us... Muslims, amin. tijjani m. m. (c)(r)2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

EDUCATION & What It Has Become

Education has lost its essence in the basic methodology of its impartion.

Education use to be about understanding, comprehension and using what is imbibed. But now, education is no more about that. It has boil down to simply passing an exam! Getting the qualification by whatever means possible. That is why many so-called graduates of today can not even write a simple letter, correctly.

In the past, when pupils or students are taught anything by their teachers, they are checked to see if they have understood the lessons, encouraged to seek further clarifications, ask questions and challenged to conduct more research and then tried to see if they can eventually re-present what they have learnt in their own words.

But now, as far as the teachers and lecturers are concerned, it is simply about checking if the students have passed their end of term examinations or not. Making sure most do not, the tutors set up extra-moral lessons, produce commercialized handouts, arrange for make-up tests and much more, all at financial gains for the lecturers.

Thus all the students are now interested in or what they are mostly worried about is not in learning what they are ignorant about, that is what they do not know, but in just passing their tests and exams. This, however they can.

And if they can not pass such promotional exams by their brain efforts, and most of them if not all, can't. They resort to things like cheating through examination malpractices. If that should fail them, they then purchase their pass marks from their teachers, tutors, lecturers, supervisors and mentors, either by bodily exchange or by financial means.

Others employ blackmail and even life threatening approaches.

That is sadly the state of our educational system today.


A Rejoinder by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Please my brothers and sisters, we must stop taking anything we see posted or we like on our News Feeds by friends, subscribers, groups etc on Facebook or other social media, most especially if it is on Islam for granted. We must not just read it but must question its authenticity and source and always try to verify the information on a post before re-posting it or forwarding it.

The assertion that 6666 is the number of Verses in the Holy Qur'aan is Not True! 666 is the number of the Devil. If you are in doubt, please Google the number 666 and see for yourselves. Any person who is conscious of the Dajjal and is a student of his manifestation and the signs preceeding his coming is aware of this. So, this is nothing but a clever way of introducing the devil's 666 figure in a 6666 disguise to say the Holy Quran has such number of verses, so that gullible Muslims will embrace it as their own and subliminally accept it in the minds.

Even Dr. Rashad Khalifa, who wanted to use the number 19 to create a formula to distinguish the Quran had to use 6346 to arrive at a perfect number that is divisible by his 19 Code. But the most widely acceptable total number of verses of the Holy Quran is not 6666, but 6236! This is according to our Wikipedia search. But there is some fun to this!

Can we please take up this CHALLENGE by personally taking up our Qurans and physically verify the Number of Verses in the Holy Quran for our selves? I don't know how each individual can do this, but it should be a worthwhile exercise to do this and if you can intend it as an act of ibadat, you might get rewarded for the verification in shaa Allaah.

That is apart from the fact that you will find out that DEFINITELY, IT IS NOT 6666!

Tijjani M. M.


Stumbled upon this and couldn't help, but share it... My full respect and salute to them all

1. Google: Larry Page & Sergey Brin

2. Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg

3. Yahoo: David Filo & Jerry Yang

4. Twitter: Jack Dorsey & Dick Costolo

5. Internet: Tim Berners Lee

6. Linkdin: Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue & Koonstantin Guericke

7. Email: Shiva Ayyadurai

8. Gtalk: Richard Wah kan

9. Whats up: Laurel Kirtz

10. Hotmail: Sabeer Bhatia

11. Orkut: Buyukkokten

12. Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales

13. You tube: Steve Chen, Chad Hurley & Jawed Karim

14. Rediffmail: Ajit Balakrishnan

15. Nimbuzz: Martin Smink & Evert Jaap Lugt

16. Myspace: Chris Dewolfe & Tom Anderson

17. Ibibo: Ashish Kashyap

18. OLX: Alec Oxenford & Fabrice Grinda

19. Skype: Niklas Zennstrom, Janus Friis & Reid Hoffman

20. Opera: Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner & Geir lvarsoy

21. Mozilla Firefox: Dave Hyatt & Blake Ross

22. Blogger: Evan Willams

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


...A Facebook Status Response by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

A Youthful Status Update: “I'm not gonna change for anyone, I dont care what people think, because I am me, and proud of it” - Anonymous

Tijjani M. M. Responds: "O really? 

Remember, you were once a baby who couldn't even talk among many other things, right? 

Then you were also an illiterate, who couldn't read or write once. 

Again you were a small child, with no focus, maturity, dreams, aspirations or swagga in life, true?

Yet again, you were not so many other things that you are so proud of being now. 

Yet you changed from all that to become your current you, right? 

Now, you are saying what...what is that again?

“I'm not gonna change for anyone. I dont care what people think...."

So, are you telling us this (your current status, age, wealth, qualification, position, kindness, soundness etc)  is the limit of your hope and ambition in life?

No more positive changes for good or changes from bad or the negative?

You mean you've reached the very apex of what you wanna be in life?

You are gonna remain static, stagnant, expired, outdated for the rest of your 80 or more years of your life on earth?


Anyway,  if you still think it's cooooool, then go ahead and enjoy it :)

Just know that the only thing that is constant and progressive is CHANGE. And it is beyond your CONTROL!"

***End of Quote

So if we can't control Change and it must come to pass, why don't we take advantage of it and make it work for our own good?

CHANGE FOR THE GOOD Find some time, sit down and take a good look at your life.  What and what are you doing right and what are you doing wrong? Write down all the good things you like about yourself that are in accordance with what Allaah and His Messenger (pbuh) ordain. Keep doing them. Study how to develop yourself to make life better. In fact, strive unrelently until you are at your very best. But, waste not your time in seeking for perfection in your expectations. It's beyond human realm.

CHANGE FROM THE BAD Similarly, list out what you are not happy about in your life. Ask yourself why you find them unsatisfactory. Think carefully what you need to do towards changing the status quo. Be truthful to yourself, for nothing retards progress more than self deceit. Face your fears squarely and seek help from Allaah SWT about vanquishing them, so as to become a better you, thus changing the bad.



(c)(r) Tijjani M. M. All Rights Reserved 2013


Answers by Tijjani Muhammad Musa


Question: What's with this sudden fascination for the unripe (girls)?

Answer: No fascination at all. At least not on the Islamic side of the divide. It is hardly the case to see marriages to underage girls here in Most Islamic societies, despite the permissibility in Islam. Come and check it, you'll rarely see a pre-teen wife aged anything before 13, 14, 15 or 16 at most. And if you look at our society closely, there are rarely cases of illegitimate pregnancies, bastard children, illegal sexual contacts among kids, singles, the teens and most especially pre-teens as common in non-Islamic societies. Nor do you find many cases of abandoned children that would necessitate motherless babies homes or some criminal setting up a babies-for-sale homes to accommodate pregnant teenagers who have been violated, raped, gotten pregnant and then abandoned to their fate as in non-Muslim societies. You know why? Because for most girls, as they reach sexually active stages of their lives, they are married off to commence their sexual activities under the roof of matrimony. Giving birth to legitimate children as wives and mothers with full support of their immediate and extended families. Unlike where they are fully active for sex and are left at the mercy of some irresponsible libidious men who would want the pleasure, but would shed the responsibilities and the consequences thereby attached.


"Islam says when she is fit to have sex with, marry her first. Others say when she is fit to have sex with, give her birth control pills first." - Tijjani Muhammad Musa

Just read that a man raped and impregnated his 14 year old sister-in-law. And this afternoon I saw in the news that a pastor impregnated one 18 years old girl or is it woman according to their standard. Then again, was it yesterday or 2 days back, a man raped a 9 years old child. Another had carnal knowledge of a 5 years old, then another violated a girl of 13 and many more. Even boys are not spared in this evil barbarism. For the person who adviced that pregnancy prevention pills should be given to girls first before sex, suggested that after a Reverend Father was discovered to have raped an 11 years old girl! Why abuse these innocents souls?

If Islam's path of "Islam says when she is fit to have sex with, marry her first." is to be adopted, many of these girls would be saved from these rapes and sexual abuses. For many of these pedophiles would not go through the formal process of marriage just because they want to sleep with a child. This approach in itself, is a sound checkmate for most who would otherwise offer to purchase a child's innocence with some sweets or N20, N50 or N100 and thus unperturbedly go on to violate her for life. The permission is actually a deterent, for clearly most men would not marry pre-teens in todays society, it is hardly ever practiced in most Islamic societies. But how about pre-marital sex with pre-teens, teenage girls and single women in both Islamic and non-Islamic societies?


Question: A system that follows it solely marrying of 13yrs olds that may be matured in body and still a child in heart just to satisfy man's unquenchable sexual urge heads where?

Answer: (As if all Muslim girls are married off at 13 years) Well, it heads to a sound destination. Especially if you have deep insight and are not ignorant about man and his sexual instinct and ways. But if you want to use common sense, which is not so common and works only for a limited period to deal with a matter you know not how it works, both in the present and in the future, it would only lead you to searching for more "common sense" when you original solution gets superceded or to renew your common sense approach abruptly because it makes no sense at all. Since the problem of illegal sex will outlive you, someone in the future would also think out his most suitable common sense approach for his own time. That's not considering that even while you are alive, someone might have his own common sense approach to the problem that he thinks is better than yours. And he also thinks yours is leading mankind NOWHERE! 

But, here is an approach that is divine in origin "Islam says when she is fit to have sex with, marry her first", which has been tested for 14 centuries plus, with no other approach that has been superior over and above it and because someone (ignorant about Islam and most likely anti-Islam) opines it is not suitable to his personal "common sense", therefore he or she wants it to be discarded. Besides, the other approach (baseless as it is) that he suggests as replacement is proven to be an outright failure, giving birth to more nuisances and problems in human society, and is fast destroying its ethical and moral values and foundations. Habaa! Anyway "Ignorance is bliss" they say, right? Let whosoever wish to, cling on to it pls.


Question: What does Islam say about an unformed child giving birth to a child and VVF as a result of having sex with a minor?

Answer: Islam says "Do not do it (have sex) with an unformed child in the first place, but with one that is fully formed (matured, ready for sex). And before doing anything with that fully form person, marry her first, that way you'll be fully responsible for everything that happens to her."

As for VVF, (my take pls) it is a disease that afflicts women and has its cure. It doesn't occur in most cases of women, but a small percentage that is normal in the human populace just like fibroid in women who are late in conception or do not concieve at all. The statistics are there for any to verify.

Someone added this: VVF is not caused by teenage pregnancy alone but lack of proper care during pregnancy. UK for example top the league of teen pregnancy in the western world with about 3 out of every 15 girls aged between 15 and 19 given birth and whooping 4 out of every five have used some form of contraceptives. in 2009 alone 40,900 (Aged 15-19) and 3,800 (aged 13 -15) have committed abortion

Thank God for proofs and statistics... :)


Question: Be true to ur heart, does the number of wives a man have stop his uncontrollable sexual urge? What's the remedy in Islam for the rapist?

About more wives... There is no denying the fact that a man with one shirt is not quite as comfortable as one with 2 or 10 shirts. Same with shoes, cars, foods, drinks etc. Knowing man and his desire for sex and thus his polygamous essence, and equally knowing the woman and her monogamous nature, Islam being a practical religion with foresight way beyond man's comprehension, decides that a man's need for more than one sexual partner can be met if he is to be given the chance to have more than one sexual partner. Because even if he is denied that, it is going to make him a rebel against his true essence and so make him a sinner, not out of his own making., but by the way God Designed him. 

And so it is allowed that he can have sex with more than one woman, but not freely like an animal, but responsibly like the superior being he is over other lowly creations. And the most responsible sexual encounter between a man and a woman is one under the banner of marriage. And most (not all) Muslims that are married to 2, 3, 4 wives are hardly promiscuous. It does curtail their libido indeed in most cases. Of course no one can rule out exceptions which abound in all cases, but are usually a negligible minority. 

But in the one man; one wife situation, which none can prove came from Jesus AS, the very problem foreseen about man is what is being witnessed. In fact in the Catholic situation where they deceive themselves about man and his sexual nature, choosing to go celibate, how often do you hear sexual scandals of homosexual nature between the priests and children. You are a living witness to the various nonsenses that has become so sickening America and Europe are all going out of Christianity and embracing atheism and Islam in many instances. Truth is one. Upon rejecting it, only misguidance is left.


Question: Just the man? Hw about the woman? She may want more shirts? What keeps her satisfied with her one shirt? As much as there are scandals in Christianity, there are also many scandals in Islam. The point here is as man satisfies his desires of trying on shirts, what happens to woman. As we enforce and promote women purity why is the world not passionate abt promoting male fidelity?

Answer: Ask any woman, (most women anyway) to sincerely tell you what is their preference when it comes to love, sex and marriage? Most of them, not all mind you because the rule of exception must be considered always, most would truthfully tell you that they would prefer a single sexual partner. If he will be loving, sincere and capable of taking care of all her needs, she would not want to be slept with by 2, 3 or 4 men. This is her natural inclination and essence. Go ahead and research it, you'll discover this to be the simple truth. 

Besides, when a man marries four women as in Islam or sleeps with mistresses or concubines as practice outside Islam, if any of the women restricts herself to him, the paternity of any pregnancy she conceives is in no doubt, even if the man will denynit to the highest heaven. But, if a woman is sleeping with many men, she is usually not sure who the exact father of her child is if she happens to get pregnant from such a multiple-sexual partnering. So fighting it along this equality line i.e. man and woman are equal does not really work if you know what our gender nature is all about. 

So, for a woman, she is monogamous by her essence and nature, thus only one man will suffice. While for men, who always ride on ego and pride, the more women they have, and conquer, the more superior they feel. Islam understands this very natural phenomenon about human beings and thus its approach of the 1 man; 4 wives formula. Or else what we are witnessing in non-Islamic societies would become prevalent in all societies.

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... Written by Tijjani Muhammad Musa

There is that word in English that is a bit rare to see being used around. Most of us know not its meaning or how to use it. The word is 'Epiphany'. I checked after it about a day or two ago and a day or two later, its full impact hit someone I know in a most interesting way.

Well, am sure we all remember the Islamic rule on any one who intends to offer udhiyah (sacrifice) on Eid-ul-Adha day, right? For those who know not or who have forgotten, here's a quick reminder; 
It was narrated from Umm Salamah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the first ten days (of Dhu’l-Hijjah) have begun, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, he should not touch (i.e., remove anything from) his hair or skin.” Narrated by Muslim…

I have often wondered about the wisdom behind such a religious imposition. Why would Allaah SWT and His Rasool SAWS demand that of us? What is to be gained from such a prohibition, physically, mentally, spiritually and so on? I have always contented myself with submission to the Will of my Lord and Maker, simply obeying the rule with hope and trust in Him AWJ, confident in the fact that though I might not know why and might possibly never know the reason throughout the short duration of my life, it must be for my own good. Allaah's Decision is perfect and always for the good of mankind, if only man can be patient and put absolute trust in Him. If only.

Now, that is what I have come to discover about this life. Knowledge is so common and yet so rare, all at once. Some of it is exposed and other aspects of it are hidden. Some knowledge is accidentally stumbled upon, while many more are known through research. Then there are those that remain forever elucive to you and your generation, only to be revealed after you are dead and gone.

Another interesting thing is the fact that certain knowledge, common to many or almost all people could be kept away from you. Only to be known to you at a particular stage of your life. Most likely, when you need it the most, not by your judgment, but by divine decision. Often, one is surprised at the discovery and filled with wonder at how he or she could have missed knowing such an ordinary thing.

Anyway, one man has just discovered albeit epiphaneously one of the wisdom behind the above hadithic stipulation. You see, Islamically it is recommended that men should grow and keep the beard, while shaving the moustache. This is to make them become distinguished from the female folks, among other reasons, some in the realm of 'ghaib'. Being hairy is a natural masculine feature, contrary to being hairless which is feminine in nature. Again, at several points in time, that has also been a subject of spiritual curiousity to many Muslims, as to why Islam insist that men should keep the beard and side-burns while shaving the moustache.

Looking at it from the modern context, many are of the opinion that a well trimmed moustache with or without a low-cut beard makes many a man look macho, smoove and well groomed. Whereas, a well kept, full grown beard makes a man look matured, well composed, serious and no-nonsensical in his disposition. And the lack of both i.e. moustache and beard inclusive of the side-burns, makes one look young, boyish and femininely sissy. Now, while many non-Islamic society have adopted the moustache as an identity and even instituted it in corporate circles and in military and para-military outfits, Islam always encourage its adherents to have a different look from non-Islamic cultures and have taken on to the beard as a mark of a man.

In one of the many hadeeth on that, Ibn ‘Umar said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Be different from the mushrikeen: Let your beards grow and trim your moustaches.” According to another report: “Trim your moustaches and let your beards grow.”

As for the clean-shaven boyish, feminine look it has been snapped-up by those who see themselves as being different from the majority, from the norm. It is a very rare sight, if not impossible to see anybody who is homosexual, especially the ones who play the wifey part of the engagement spotting a facial hair, most especially the beard and side-burns. They mostly dislike body hair of all kinds and are constantly engaged in shaving it, just like women, thus confirming Imaam Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr who said in al-Tamheed: “It is forbidden to shave the beard, and no one does this except men who are effeminate” i.e., those who imitate women.

By the time one considers the Islamic preference for the beard, and its prohibition of homosexual and lesbian acts, it gradually makes alot of sense that maintaining the beard and shaving the moustache would produce a double advantage for Muslim men by giving them a different and distinct outlook from other non-Islamic cultures, as well as telling the whole world that this is not a pro-gay act personality. For many, this sublime reason for Islam's insistence upon the beard is just being acknowledge in the current brazen display and promotion of the gay movement.

Back to the man whose epiphany inspired this write-up. He has found himself in a situation where he is about to marry a new wife after his last marriage, which lasted more than two decades has crashed. The reason? Hmmm, no need to elaborate as there are several reasons why marriages break-up lately. Faults abound from both the men and the women. So, feel free to choose from the millions and one possibilities available. Now, the man is one of those Muslims, though devout but is not too conforming with all the rules, regulations and injunctions. Many of us are similarly guilty.
Of particular interest to us here is the hadeeth about keeping the beard. He is one of the many Muslims who does not comply with it, preferring to go clean-shaven all the time. He has also been seen lately to have adopted spotting a bald head on a regular basis. Though in his early 50s, he looks much younger as the above observation has proved. One would think he is in his early 40s or thereabout.

 Islamically, it is commanded to be sincere and truthful in all actions, reactions and interactions with the society one lives in. Deceit of any kind, in any guise is vehemently abhorred. But, of course many Muslims who find some of the divine rules and injunctions in the deen not easy to execute, try to find ways and means to cut corners. Typical of human nature, man being an ease seeker in all circumstances.

The man is a well respected person in his community. Many like him and can vouch for his mutual soundness and kind considerations in his mu'malat. So, his new love and wife-to-be is glad to have caught his attention and secured his interest enough to make him consider her a wife to honor. Thus, fully aware of his social status and age, there is one thing that, though obvious to many, yet she is not quite sure of, and that is his true looks. Besides, it ranks least among her priorities about her matured groom.

At 25 years of age, finding a single man to marry for a single girl, in this highly competitive wedding market is a very lucky break indeed. So, good looks, bad looks, "duk ba su taso ba" (it doesn't really matter). And with the man being at liberty to shave at will in defiance of his Prophet's stipulations (and I repeat, many of us Muslims are guilty of this bad, consequential behaviour), the bride has never seen his real features. All seems well and going according to plan and then comes along the just witnessed Eid-ul-Adha and with it came revelations for both the man and his bride.

As part of the udhiyah rule, for any who wants to slaughter a sacrificial animal (camel, cow or ram), the person must abstain from cutting his hair from any part of his body. Same goes for the nails, no pedicure or manicure is to be observed once the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Lunar Calender starts, until after the Eid Prayer is observed and the animal intended for that special day's offer is sacrificed. Only then, can a person shave his or her body hair and have his finger or feet nails cut. It was in compliance with this rule that the man's true nature and looks became manifest.

Within days in the stipulated 10 days, most of his facial hair has sprutted out and almost all of it is completely gray. The hair on his head, his moustache and beard all looked white. Much as he wished he could hide the truth about his true looks, he could not. In fact, a sister of his who travelled and returned, upon visiting his house, did not recognize him until he greeted her first. Turning to see who was greeting her, she discovered her elder brother looking completely different. She couldn't help, but express her shock and disbelief. "What! My brother when did you become so, so old like this!", gesticulating all over the whiteness of his hairy face with her hands. He just smiled, but was fully embarrassed by the situation. 

The bride also got to see her groom in his true color and was complete shocked to see an old stranger coming to visit her instead of the full grown, matured man that she was so proud of.  It was such a traumatic experience for her, and almost resulted in her calling off the wedding due to friends influence and instigations. But, it was true love that she felt for him and as the popular saying goes 'Love conquers all'. She overcame the initial shock and re-psyche herself to accept him exactly the way he is. Their wedding arrangements is now in full gear, alhamdulillah.

That was how one of the wisdoms behind the "No shavings or nails cut is permissible" Islamic rule for devotees who intend making sacrifice to their Lord and Maker on the Eid-ul-Adha Day finally became epiphaneously revealed to me. Those 10 days the man had to give up shaving his moustache and beard was all that was needed to show the young woman, the exact image of her man. And thus, she was saved from the shock of discovery at a later date and time, which could have resulted in regrets and disappointments.

The lesson learnt for me was, whichever injunctions Allaah SWT revealed and whatever His Rasool SAWS taught and exemplified and no matter how difficult or confusing it might seem to me, I should be steadfast and very patient in obeying the commands and practicing them. Afterall, I was the one who willingly choosed to be a Muslim. Yes, I know I was born a Muslim, so might not have had a choice in it, but after growing into full maturity, I had to revisit my faith declaration to ascertain for myself the truthfulness of Islam. And now, I am a Muslim by conviction, by choice, after researching and authenticating Islam as the one and only religion of truth. Alhamdulillah.

If I had found it lacking or wanting in anyway, by my Lord's Guidance, I would have abandon it for the true way, whichever that might turn out to be. Just like many, non-Muslims who are abandoning the religions of their fathers and nations and embracing Islam after discovering it is the right path. And so, as sincere faithfuls and true believers in Allaah SWT by our declaration of faith and as followers of Muhammad SAWS, we are duty bound to do as stipulated, even if our rational thinking or common sense cannot grasp the impact of the injunctions.

If only we can patiently persevere, eventually both the short-term, as well as the long-term benefits of any Islamic dos and don'ts command will be made manifest to us. Now, from this development, at least I have an insight as to why it can be unwise to hide anything, which when unavoidably exposed would present me as a liar or a deceitful person to the ones whom I desire and value their trust the most, now and forever.
Clearly, an understanding unknown to me prior to this experience.

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