Memoir

Helping My Forgotten Family

I sat in the car, wringing my hands. When my mother in law mentioned that she was coming to do this, I had jumped at it, thinking of it as...

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Oh, All the Kitchens You Will See

There are many things being a girl has taught me. I have learnt, in the past sixteen years, how to make compelling conversation, how to...

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Discovering (I Knew Nothing of) the Black Experience

How much do I really know about the black experience? I am of Bangladeshi descent, but I grew up in a black-majority county and went to...

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Service for Humanity: My Experience in Baton Rouge

“That’s the house about a quarter mile straight ahead, and that’s actually their car right there.” I looked to my right, as we got...

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Two Loves

It was the 21st night of Ramadan. After iftar, we hurriedly performed wudhu and made our way inside Al-Masjid Al-Haram through the King...

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Struggling with My Anxiety Attacks

Every human being is born with an instinct to turn back to Allah. So, it was only natural that even as a young child, my mind fled towards...

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Girl Hyphen Human

When I was a little girl I constantly wondered what it would be like to have a double-barreled name. To have two parts of a whole anchored...

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Balancing My Muslim & American Identity

My stomach clenched. Surrounded by an unpleasant stench in the gym, I froze with fear as my physical education teacher informed us that...

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I Will Not Be Gunned Down

I stood staring at myself in the mirror, carefully wrapping my headscarf around my hair. The image stared back at me, clear as water. And...

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Painting for Tomorrow

It was a walk like any other on a bright Sunday morning, nearing noon. A summer walk on a dirt trail, the kind if you would stop and look...

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