Speaking Of Salaam.

fight for forgiveness. learn to love.

this blog is to serve as a platform of addressing various experiences that require forgiveness, peace, and reconciliation. Personal stories, outlets, and issues will be posted and you are encouraged to share.

Check This Out. Offer yourself the time. Give yourself permission to be moved by something new. This is your journey after all, and it was you who stumbled upon this website. The universe obviously wants you to look at this.

Thank You.
Recent Tweets @themayashah

unfboy:

When did he stop treating you like a princess? 

(via punjabipowerhouse)

nbcnews:

How one blind, deaf man experienced World Cup

(GIF: Sarah Coffey / NBC News)

Brazilian sign language instructor Hélio Fonseca de Araújo simply wanted to watch Brazil’s opening World Cup opening match with his friend, Carlos. And thanks to a bit of ingenuity and a homemade field, the unimaginable has become reality.

Continue reading

(via nbcnews)

ikaythegod:

you-dot-gif:

Coca-Cola 2nd Lives - Video

Now this is what you call innovation, this is recycling at it’s finest.

(via eternallyseeking)

guardian:

A state minister from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has described rape as a “social crime”, saying “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong”, in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape. Full story here

Women in Uttar Pradesh protest against the state goverment after two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged. Photograph: Hindustan Times/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

25 plays

aestheticrhythms:

Common - The Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)

"Once you find your shoulders dropping
And your speech gets slow and hazy
You better change your way of being
Before you found your brain got lazy
You can build a better future when you join the winning team
If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream
Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you
Know that history holds more than it seems
We are here alive today because our ancestors dared to dream
From Africa they lay in the bilge of slave ships
And stood half naked on auction blocks
From eastern-Europe they crowded in vessels overloaded with immigrants
And were mis-named on Ellis island
From South America and Mexico, from Asia, they labored in sweat shops
From all over the world, they came to America
Many shivering in rags, and still they dared to dream
Let us dream for today and for tomorrow
Let us dare to dream”

                 - Maya Angelou

Download

(via thingsocommon)

cindymayweather:

"One fun fact I learned while on the air with Keith Olbermann was that humans on the Internet are scumbags. People say children are cruel, but I was never made fun of as a child or an adult. Suddenly, my disability on the world wide web is fair game. I would look at clips online and see comments like, "Yo, why’s she tweakin?" "Yo, is she retarded?" And my favorite, "Poor Gumby-mouth terrorist. What does she suffer from? We should really pray for her." One commenter even suggested that I add my disability to my credits: screenwriter, comedian, palsy."

Maysoon Zayid on TEDWomen (x)

(via checkprivilege)

mresundance:

reckonedrightly:

indypendenthistory:

On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.

Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.

  • Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
  • While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.  
  • She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
  • In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
  • She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
  • Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”

The term BAMF was coined for such persons. 

Check out the new movie about her life!

(via punjabipowerhouse)

breakingnews:

Michelle Obama expresses outrage over schoolgirls’ kidnapping

NBC News: First lady Michelle Obama made a rare appearance on her husband’s weekly address on Saturday to express her outrage over the recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls.

"This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education — grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls," she said.

Follow more on the kidnapped girls on Breaking News

Video via The White House on YouTube

While there has been a major international search for the missing people on Malaysian flight MH370, and nonstop news coverage, there has been no meaningful search for the even greater number of missing schoolgirls.

imran-suleiman:

Palestinian lady collects gas bombs fired by Israeli army. She grows flowers in these bombs.

(via marginallypoetic)

gettyimages:

Transgender candidate campaigns in Indian election after landmark ruling

VARANASI, INDIA : Transgender Candidate Hijra Guru Baseer Kinnar aka Kamala Kinnar speaks to a resident while campaigning in a Muslim neighbourhood on April 23, 2014 in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, India.

The 55 year old transgender leader, who was born a Muslim man, is running against BJP leader Narendra Modi in the district. India’s court issued a landmark ruling in recent weeks recognizing transgenders as a third official gender under law.

Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The World Before Her

This documentary is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant—a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between the transformative action at both camps and the characters’ private lives, The World Before Her creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. These young women may represent opposing extremes but in their hearts they share a common dream: to help shape the future of India as she meets the world before her. 

(via fuckyeahsouthasia)