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5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces 

Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.

Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”

(via islamicaphorisms)

I refused to go on a date with a guy, and he said, “saves me $80.”

Guys these days -_-

The daily prayers (salat or namaz) which constitute the heart of the Islamic rites are again a never ending jihad which punctuate human existence in a continuous rhythm in conformity with the rhythm of the cosmos. To perform the prayers with regularity and concentration requires the constant exertion of our will and an unending battle and striving against forgetfulness, dissipation, and laziness. It is itself a form of spiritual warfare.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The Spiritual Significance of Jihad  (via sokoot)

(via uhhleeahh)

I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.

Rainer Maria Rilke (via observando)

Please, do not hurt me, love, I am a fragile one
And you are the light in my eyes
Please do not break my heart
I think it’s had enough pain to last the rest of my life
My life…
And I will not tire of you

Keaton Henson (via me-uccello)

(via echoes-of-truth)

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.

Pablo Neruda (via man-of-prose)

This week has been the shittiest week of my life.

Alhamdullilah

Salam! I missed you so much. I haven't seen you on my dash for a long time. I hope everything is fine InshAllah :)

Walaykumasalam!! Everything is great alhamdulillah :) I’ve just been consumed with settling down for the upcoming semester. So many little things to take care of, it’s ridiculous. I shall be on here more Inshallah.