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My purpose is to help and show
others to be positive role models,
an example for others.

This process is to heal oneself
before you can heal another. I changed
my thoughts and ways that hurt

many that made me sit and reflect
on what my life was all about.

It takes time to come to realize
what you are meant to do and be
on this earth. Experiences throughout
life lead one to that destination.
You are the one that commits mischief
or the one who heals and help others
to change the path many have taken, not
to take again.

Blessed to be guided by Allah, I
envision more in the future than
before as a young man with no
insight as a wise man with a purpose.

Mentally, physically and spiritually
one seeks to find oneself then be
a help to assist those who are
around you who look for a path
to travel on and repeat such
a course.

We all make conscious decisions
and grow, and with it comes a
process to become better than who
we were before. Heal yourself and
purify your heart first, then you
can seek to do the same for
others … peace.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Abdulshahid Hafiz Al-Muhaimin is a writer from Washington, D.C. who has been incarcerated at the Federal Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado since 2002 and is scheduled for release in 2027. He said he writes to let his story be heard.