Memoir

Brownie Points: A Chocoholic’s Dream Come True

I have a sweet tooth, a chocolate tooth and a filled tooth. The filled tooth is a result of the sweet tooth. In order to keep the filling...

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Encased in a Dead Body

It was a difficult day. My wife and I left weekend school early to attend the funeral prayer and burial of a community member’s father. I...

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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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