To further reinforce the fact that we have, without a shadow of a doubt, the best Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat for all of your Ramadan needs, we’ve recently been posting videos we made about extremely talented Muslim spoken word artists.
The three poets we’ve featured in the last few weeks tell stories of life and faith that really engage the senses, gripping you from the very first word and pulling your attention along every line and through each verse.
So why don’t we have another watch of all three before we explain our Spoken Word Challenge:
Hailing from a Welsh village called Penarth, Hanan Issa’s poems explore the challenges posed by her unique identity. She is Welsh and she is Muslim, and spoken word allows her to convey the complexities of both. Those lilting Welsh tones don’t do any harm to her performances, either.
Kamil Mahmood is back for Ummahsonic's Spoken Word Series 2 which is all about Ramadan.
Posted by Ummahsonic on Saturday, June 17, 2017
Kamil Mahmood is a spoken word and visual artist whose work aims to open up dialogue, dispel misconceptions surrounding Islam, and counter the subtle prejudices that lie just beneath the surface of day to day life.
Amina Atiq is back for Ummahsonic's Spoken Word Series 2 and it's all about Ramadan.
Posted by Ummahsonic on Friday, June 16, 2017
Amina Atiq uses poetry to explore her Yemeni heritage. Her identity lies in Yemen and in her current home, Liverpool, and her lyrical delivery reveals the beauty of both.
Now that you’re feeling sufficiently inspired, we’ll explain the Spoken Word Challenge to you. As we know that Ummahsonic readers are all bursting with creative brilliance, we want you to take cues from the artists above and come up with your own poetry.
It doesn’t have to be long, nor does it have to be performed out loud. All we ask is that you pen four lines – that’s four – and deliver them to us in any form (written, filmed, recorded), by any means (via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat).
While we’re not going to be critiquing your poems with the venom of a bitter GCSE English teacher, we do want to see some effort. So be original, be concise, be scintillating; capture a world within the force of your words; or at least make us laugh.
The best submissions we receive will be featured on the website and our Facebook at the beginning of Eid. So get writing.