Memoir

Two Loves

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Aug 1, 2016 · 5 min read

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...

Struggling with My Anxiety Attacks

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Feb 22, 2016 · 6 min read

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...

Girl Hyphen Human

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Jun 14, 2015 · 5 min read

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...

Balancing My Muslim & American Identity

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Apr 2, 2015 · 6 min read

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

I Will Not Be Gunned Down

Shaziya Barkat
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Feb 23, 2015 · 4 min read

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...

Painting for Tomorrow

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Feb 19, 2015 · 4 min read

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...

Shift in Gear

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Nov 4, 2013 · 5 min read

Death. We hear the word so frequently that it’s become almost meaningless. We see it on the news when we read about suicides, murders,...

The Summer Before College

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Jul 9, 2013 · 4 min read

Growing up, I always thought summer was about outdoor barbecues, picnics, pool parties, and vacations. It didn’t occur to me that...

The Nature Of Gratitude

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Feb 25, 2013 · 3 min read

Oh one whose heart has hardened, stop. Step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Let your mind meander through the hills and...

Learning to Truly Believe

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Jan 23, 2013 · 7 min read

Not too long ago, I sat down in my room doing something that many of us eventually end up doing in our lives; I began to think about where...

Familiar Strangers

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Jan 18, 2013 · 5 min read

Life’s circumstances can make you either bitter or better. Nineteen years into my life, I was finally blessed with the opportunity to...