Why The World As We Know It Should End

One time, one moment in your life you saw it and chose to ignore it. The few brave ones confronted it but most weren’t bothered. “Its not my problem, why bother”. The reasons we pass eachother on the streets and all we share are pointless matters. The world today is disappointing to some of us but most might find this insane. Probably they have everything they have always wanted but not really what they need. You see money is the root of all evil, it’s always been just the same reason your role models tells you to choose that career because it pays more. Everyday I see how the most popular things are considered the most important rather than what’s right. Ratings and social media defines who we are and how much we are worth. Do you really think having millions of followers makes you any better?. 

Racism and religion is still a problem and sadly to say you might get shot if you don’t comply. Killing in the name of religion has been spread across the globe and the most affected are the ones that have nothing to do with it. People easily put the blame on others to justify their wrong doings. Trust me it’s not pretty arguing with someone who thinks their right. Where pride is at an all time high and humility at a low. Sympathy for the poor is shuned upon while ignorance is praised.

Sadly in the generation today kids know more about twerking than I did at their age. Technology has given us everything we ever wanted  and snatched away everything we ever needed. Kids become antisocial. The average person prefers being on their phone 24/7 than normal to do face to face conversations. It’s proven that the more you use your phone or laptops your levels of interllect also decrease. You see, you gain something you loose something. That’s how the world works and we have let it consume us…..But it’s time to make a change, me and you, all of us. Let’s love one another everyday of our lives and that grudge you held its time to let it go. Let’s unite as one before we loose our humanity and if you have power use it for good and stop being greedy. Respect eachothers religion and let’s make the time we have in this world worthwhile. Happy Friday (Jumma Mubarak)

Photography ft Kaniz Fatima Sheikh 


Talking to all photographers or aspiring photographers that is, as they might get their inspiration from different things for different reasons. She works her way up with the support from family and friends I don’t know what can stop her. A father who was an artist in his 20’s but pushed into sciences and becoming the Head of the science faculty and chemistry in Brookhouse love for portrait never seemed to waver.


 A brother who is a graphic designer and nothing but supportive he says “having all the tools with you, learn to do it yourself and practice, explore new places and learn”. So I sat down with Kaniz and this is a few things you need to know about her photography or photography in general in her own words.

Question: Where did your inspiration for photography start and who is your influence? 

Answer: Growing up I always liked people taking my photo and at yr 10 I fell in love with being person behind the lense rather than infront, if I was stuck in traffic I would just take my dads phone and flash away. I saw the beauty within the simplest of things and that’s what made me grow fond of it. Mr sheikh(Dad) got me my first camera and since then I have never stopped.

Question: what does your photography pieces reflect?

Answer:They reflect simplicity, minimalist and beauty. I love working with black women regardless of the tone because complexion varies, and for women to realize that their melanin is their beauty.

Question: what makes your photography different?

Answer: I don’t do it based on people’s opinion I see what I like and work with it, I create moments and make my pictures create a story. It’s not really about the money after every shoot but more on myself and what I want my work to portray.

Question: what do you plan to achieve in your pursuit on photography? 

Answer: showcase African beauty and influence the generation to be more based on culture so as to prevent culture loss. Focus my pieces on Africa and Asia.

Do you think photography is more leaned on perfection than self beauty?

Answer: No, photography is not more leaned on perfection but dependent of the client needs, but my photography isn’t based on perfection, I believe everyone is beautiful with all the scars that make them who they are. 

Question: What advice do you have on someone starting out?

  • Link to art is link to self growth.
  • Don’t be lazy.
  • Explore new things.
  • You can always be better so don’t stop trying.
  • Don’t be comfortable with the same thing, change it up.

And with a year off school pursuing photography I wish her the best in the year to come. Her work shows simplicity and courage to judge only what you didn’t take or the angle you missed.

Vsco.com/kanizsheikh 

      You Dont Worry About Fitting In When You Are Custom Made.

      Growing up is an endless valley of trying to find the people that get along with you or have the same niche as you. You want to fit in?? DONT. No one was created with 1000 and one copies of themselves. It’s exhausting! I remember being in college and meeting a lot of diverse people and I learnt the hard way that being yourself is the best thing you can be. I’m not saying don’t make friends. Am just saying that friends,relationships aren’t worth sacrificing who you are. I believe the minute you try to fit it is the minute you start to loose yourself. My fear of not being good enough evaporated when I understood that our life’s stories and history of the world were written by the same hand. 

      I know we all want be cool and be noticed, but authenticity of ones self is “being cool”. You don’t need to dress or act a certain way to be appreciated, and if they don’t appreciate you for you then they aren’t meant for you. You can only find your best friend if you are 100% yourself, not 50% of someone else. The lesson I learnt this year is “it’s better to be alone than surrounded by people that are detrimental to your well being or people who bring you down”. I rather stay alone in my room watching Netflix or at a restaurant sipping tea and maybe the closest to me is my pet cat but it’s worth settling for that than with detrimental people. Being alone is lonely, alone-lonely both words correspond but it shows that you don’t settle for anything less and that’s not a bad thing.

      📸 by kaniz. vsco.com/kanizsheikh

      #1 Eid Post

      Well it’s come to an end and i can’t emphasize enough on the sorrow that fills my heart but I will tell you that it has come as fast as it has went away, maybe I did enough or did nothing at all but all we can do is try. Though I hope you really see that a loss sometimes brings patience within our hearts.

      Yes! Ramadhan is at its last day and I can’t explain this but there is fear in my heart,the fear that I might not come across it again and I haven’t been forgiven for all my sins, or just a little. Ramadhan teaches us that repentance is an understanding that we are human and we make mistakes. So don’t be disappointed but appreciative because this past weeks has been rather taunting for the average Muslim, weird sleeping patterns, exhausted even before the days start but isn’t it all for the greater good?. I know that for a month I would like to put aside all the cooking and really take advantage from sunrise to sunset, none stop….. But am I really up for it? Or am just sugar coating this to look more religious than others, to be honest others aren’t my issue. I am. I want my life in formation, probably so do you. So let’s not look as the end of ramadhan as the end of a faithful month but the beginning of a faithful life.

      Tell yourself, I am better than I was and I will be better than I am.

      As we all get ready for tomorrow can we take a moment to appreciate the weeks that have crossed our lives because unsure are we that such weeks might impact us again. I take this time to wish you EID MUBARAK and a fruitful one that is and as tomorrow morning awaits us, am seeing some have already done their Heena or are still doing and outfits all ironed up ready for D-day. To tell you the truth noone out grows buying Eid clothes I know I haven’t but how easy is it for guys all they need is a thobe and even though they wear the one they wore last year no one will know. As for ladies it’s all too complicated, but still I would love to see how you gorgeous ladies and handsome gentlemen come out on Eid day. So tag me on you Eid look on Eid day to be featured on my blog. Instagram: Yazhearts Instagram 

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      Really stopping poverty!

      My personality isn’t much to tear down but coming to understand real human suffering and what it means to be poor moves me to tears till today but tears aren’t much help are they?

      I don’t know your introduction to poverty but I remember mine very well, it was when i met Grace. She used to be patient at the Kenyatta National Hospital(KNH) who has been bed sick since the day she was born. Knowing her story as we sat down and talked for hours, she described to me how it was like when your parents abandoned you with nothing to spare, with no word from them for years she kept telling me, maybe one day they will pick up the phone and look for me, she says they loved her but she became a burden so they decided to leave.

      Also when i met Ann, her father came home every night drunk and hit her mom, when the food ran out and she went to school hungry, she described how at times she could fast just to fight the hunger. As her mom despite all her best efforts watched her kids suffer from malnutrition.
      For years stories like this have been moving us to compassion, and as most critics would say we havent done enough or it’s not effective enough? but have you ever asked why? why even with all the help we give and the donations we offer that they are still in poverty?

      This is something you might have already heard, 40,000 kids die of poverty every year, today it has gone down 17000, which means that every year 8 million kids didn’t have to die of poverty.

      But did you know that poverty now has very little to do with having nothing to eat or nothing to wear, it might sound strange to you now but I plan to explain further and with just this point things will come into perspective.

      VIOLENCE 

      Just like Ann and many others growing up in everyday violence. She understood life of violence before the poverty even started. She told me how things were going well until their house was burnt down, not by natural causes but because of her neighbors, they said” we are fed up with you father beating your mom and her yelling while we sleep” an action was taken to benefit the many and nothing was done to the few affected. Going to school was impossible so she started to beg. She told me how she was not the first but there were many, girls who were raped by men of her community and even how she was raped.

      Her struggles shocked me and giving her money would be an insult, because no money in the world could pay back the violence that had been done years before I even finished highschool.

      I think we deserve to know that our donations, sponsorship or health programmes is not going to stop everyday violence because they were not meant to. Their was a report from the United nation where they stated “Most poor people live outside the protection of the law”.

      Where they suffer from everyday violence and sexual violence. From the age of 14-55 women and children suffer from everyday sexual violence which causes more deaths and failed stability than war. Going to school which we all know is the most powerful thing to offer a girl and has become unsafe for them. The place they called home snatched from them, enslaved by men. So how can anyone move away from poverty when this obstacles are on their way?

      All fundraising, economic stands don’t know how to fix this problem so they don’t talk about it. They put it at the back of their minds and offer what they think they can.

      Does it have to be this way? I ask you!

      Stop all the violence ,the economical neglect and all organisations, funds that doesn’t talk about everyday violence must be deemed NOT SERIOUS.

      Everyone has been given an equal opportunity you just have to decide to play. In the world today we have only two players the rich and the poor, in fact most experience the game as unfair because the rich will always end up with all the money, where they rule decisions and all properties gone.

      What’s left for the homeless??

      He started his own way to make poverty a little less than it is now…..

      let’s really stop this fight.

       

      Trump stamp

      In history of problems I find in it stories of faded happiness,

      Old circle new, As anti Islamic radicals tell us we don’t belong,

      From personal interaction I reached a different perspective,

      Because this cloth on my head doesn’t deem me terrorist,

      But an individual just like you,

      I strongly believe that most are accepting regardless of faith, color or gender,

      As I have very little to say concerning the democratic front of Donald trump,

      I start with a question,

      What do you see when you look at me?

      A question I ask all to often but not too much,

      Because the media has already given you a sight of me I still fail to see,

      • Terrorists
      • Oppressed
      • Brainwashed

      Stop,

      Wait don’t stop,

      I believe that everyone has the right for speech but can you slow down,

      Just think,

      Will you allow me to do to you, what you plan to do to me?,

      Level my existence to a badge that states I’m Muslim,

      Yes I’m Muslim,

      Just like you’re Indian or Christian or even Jew,

      Different faith but still human.

      If you ask me, this is all political bullshit,

      How a fascist man who refuses being fascist tells the world we have a “Muslim problem” or is it that he is the problem,

      Let me tell you something, Islam is not a religion of terrorism,

      And if you think by dehumanizing us and calling us hurtful names will stop us from being Muslims,

      You are mistaken,

      We are just getting started.

      That’s just it…..

      I know I am not myself with people but i am myself when am alone, that seems unlikely too but with all honesty I’m talking to you as myself.

      Sometimes what I feel most deeply can’t be spoken in words alone. So I gave myself permission to feel and experiment all my emotions. In order to do that i had to stop being afraid to feel, I taught myself to believe that no matter what everything I felt will be Okay!.

      I have never been one to love shallowly, my feelings for those I love ran deep into the earth. So I’m going to tell you something, Thoughts are never honest, Emotions are. So don’t be naive to the insignificant understanding of love in our world today.

      Falling in love is like being hit by a truck but not being mortally wounded.

      The problem with today is that people make the mistake of letting beauty and wealth guide attraction.

      They go for the ones that visually please them,

      They go for the pretty ones regardless and I have come to accept that.

      But beauty has very little to do with appearance and sometimes not at all, but they think that we deserve their opinions but we just want them to keep them to themselves but am not here to talk about us but the others dignified women by how they look and considering them less appealing but forgot that appearance is at a limited stance and maybe theirs is almost running out.

      Maybe it’s not my place to ask, but what about the ones that beauty doesn’t only rely on appearance? Their beauties lie on their voices, their ethnicity and their moral value.

      How can they ask to be loved when all you ever ask is to be left alone?

      -YH