We cannot say acts are punished because they can be forgiven. Judge the sin, not the sinner. It is safer to deem a thousand disbelievers as Muslim than to deem one Muslim a disbeliever.

First shot at my portfolio.

I made a photography portfolio, mostly because my photojournalism professor is convinced I’m a photojournalist at heart and that I need to start from somewhere. Apparently, I’m also a multimedia journalist, which is just another fancy phrase the journalism industry uses when it doesn’t quite know what the heck its doing or where its going.

So, here’s this self-proclaimed, confused and most-likely-to-be-poor multimedia journalist’s first shot. And yes, that’s pun-intended. 

http://fatimahwaseemphotography.weebly.com/

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I spent an hour making a sand mosque that I knew the water would swallow in a few hours. Even as I carved, the sun dried the sand, forcing me to start over. I dug a deep trench to keep the water at bay, even though I knew it would only give me an hour or so of refuge. 
My sister gawked at what I was doing. As a wave nearly gave my trench the kiss of death, she decided it wasn’t worth it and proceeded to build a pool for water, just for fun. 
But I built anyway, just as we erect, build and perfect worldly houses, businesses and careers. We know everything is on a timer. The waters of time will certainly bring everything to the end. But we build anyway. We see age and lack of health corrode what we have built as we build it. But we build anyway. We try to extend our living as long as possible by building trenches in a vain attempt to keep time away. 
I suppose the difference between the successful and unsuccessful is how we keep sight of the water. Do we turn our backs and focus on the intricate arches or the height of our stature compared to others? Or do we partially face the water and what we build, ever mindful of the transience of this world and the permanence of the next? 
The dunya is temporary. The choices we make in it are not.

fatimahwaseemphotography:

I spent an hour making a sand mosque that I knew the water would swallow in a few hours. Even as I carved, the sun dried the sand, forcing me to start over. I dug a deep trench to keep the water at bay, even though I knew it would only give me an hour or so of refuge. 

My sister gawked at what I was doing. As a wave nearly gave my trench the kiss of death, she decided it wasn’t worth it and proceeded to build a pool for water, just for fun. 

But I built anyway, just as we erect, build and perfect worldly houses, businesses and careers. We know everything is on a timer. The waters of time will certainly bring everything to the end. But we build anyway. We see age and lack of health corrode what we have built as we build it. But we build anyway. We try to extend our living as long as possible by building trenches in a vain attempt to keep time away. 

I suppose the difference between the successful and unsuccessful is how we keep sight of the water. Do we turn our backs and focus on the intricate arches or the height of our stature compared to others? Or do we partially face the water and what we build, ever mindful of the transience of this world and the permanence of the next? 

The dunya is temporary. The choices we make in it are not.

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Fatimah Waseem Photography

I started a Facebook page for my photography, mostly because I need something to reference when I talk to folks. Now, I officially have four pages to manage. #digitalclutter

The Qur’an adjusted your voice by saying: “and lower your voice”. It controlled the pace that you walk in by saying “And be moderate in your walking”. It managed what you look at by saying “And strain not your eyes”. It controlled your hearing by saying “and spy not”. The Qur’an controlled your diet by saying “eat and drink but waste not by extravagance”. Such a book can easily manage your whole life and make you the happiest person on Earth. Give it a chance and you will see! — Shaikh Assim Alhakeem

Just ordered mailing tubes for $50. That means I get literally no profit from this arts business. What is life.

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You don’t need to see the face to understand emotion. Body language speaks louder than words.

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one afraid of going in waist deep.

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You don’t need to see the face to understand emotion. Body language speaks louder than words.

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one afraid of going in waist deep.

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I watched the sun rise and set many times these past few days. Though I admired the same sun that comes and goes from my bedroom window, the expanse of the ocean and the blending of the colors was breathtaking. 

Everything transitions from cool to warm, only to be rekindled again. The blue skies are lit by the sun’s final bow, settling into the darkness of the night to be reborn. To come again, just when there is no hope that the vibrancy of those colors can be brought forth by the darkness. There is ease after hardship. There is hope in the darkness. 

A few of my snapshots. Visual dhikr.

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you use to capture something this beautiful on the sea. 

Stunning

fatimahwaseemphotography:

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you use to capture something this beautiful on the sea. 

Stunning

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Email vacation responder on. Notifications for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Gmail put on mute. Books ready. Let a tech-less nature-heavy mini-cation begin, God-willing. 

New York and city trips are so overrated. 

Do not leave a hole unexplored. #kids #iphoneonly #framing #perspective #adventure #instadaily #instahub

Do not leave a hole unexplored. #kids #iphoneonly #framing #perspective #adventure #instadaily #instahub

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Hi Ms. Waseem, I am a producer from Al Jazeera America interested in speaking to you further about this "trend." My phone is 646-273-0434. I don't appear to be able to send you my email address this way, but am happy to email you if you prefer. We're located in New York - what about you? I hope you will reach out to me. Thank you kindly. Molly Welch — Asked by Anonymous Asked by Anonymous portrait

Hi Molly - Please email me at fwaseem@terpmail.umd.edu.

If you read the Quran with your head, you find repetition. If you read it with your heart, you find depth. — Tariq Ramadan
Tazkiyatu-#selfie, Facebook Friends and Standard Setting

On the first day of media law class, I sat in the second row of seats next two three women I rarely interacted with in person.

Tazkiyatu-#selfie, Facebook Friends and Standard Setting

On the first day of media law class, I sat in the second row of seats next two three women I rarely interacted with in person.

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Rollin’ Down My Windows

If you don’t need to smell good for the rest of the day or have the leisure to take a shower before you do, I strongly recommend turning off the AC when you’re driving. Just roll down the windows and feel that morning breeze. 

I haven’t turned on my car’s AC for three weeks now. And it feels great to breathe in that morning air. On the way home, I have my water bottle to hydrate me throughout the ride. It’s a good way to get water in and get sweat out. 

I honestly don’t think we sweat naturally enough in America. We hop from our comfortable homes to our comfortable schools and complain of the heat from a five-minute walk. 

Natural sweat is good. So is the morning air.