Far too few of us appreciate the strength Muslim men have to hold their heads up with dignity when the world does its best to humiliate them. Even fewer of us understand the depth of love those men have for their families - for the ones whose sake, after Allah's, they endure all.
The #TrueQawwam amongst us are never given their due: men who prostrate in humility and in strength; men whose hearts break in silence; men whose love is never considered good enough; men whose struggles never end; men whose hearts give and give and give and receive little in return.
These are the men found in the houses of Allah, who rise with dignity, bow with honour, and prostrate in humility; these are the men whose love for their Lord and whose nobility of spirit do not allow them to forsake their families and their faith even when they feel their spines aching from the weight of their human weakness.
These are the men whose voices rise in takbeer while their hearts ache in the alcoves of the masaajid; whose calloused palms stroke their daughters' hair with a tenderness that cannot be hidden by their beards; whose sons see them as lions, fierce and playful, though they look in the mirror and see only their own weariness.
These are the men who will be raised on the Day of Judgment as greater than any mortal king, brighter than any dazzling star, whose beauty on that Day will be blinding to we who scorned their earthly visages.
These are our men: our fathers, our brothers, our husbands, our sons - and those who are none of those things to us, but are our men nonetheless.
These are our men.