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MYM Staff

Reflective essaysshort storiesmemoirs, and poems are produced by our staff: Muslim youth musing from the streets of India to the shores of Australia. Since its founding in 2007, MYM has committed to aiding aspiring writers, honing the pens of current writers, and inspiring intellectual discourse for young scholars.

Executive Writers

Arif Kabir is currently serving as the Director of MYM. He loves spending time with his family, reading literature, learning martial arts, and finding meaningful ways to benefit the Ummah. He works as an IT Consultant, holds a B.S. in Operations Management & Information Systems, and has completed his memorization of the Qur'an alhamdulillah. He writes for MYM to contribute to the growing collections of Islamic English literature and to inspire fellow Muslim youth.
Gibran Ali, a computer science graduate from the University of Maryland, has been a computer buff for years. Originally from Pakistan, Gibran came to the United States in 2008 as a high school graduate. He is the Founder and System Administrator of Vanelegion Technologies, a web-designing and web-hosting firm. His past work includes designing and hosting websites for various charitable organizations, new businesses and online stores. He recently graduated and is now working as a Software Engineer in Washington D.C. In his free time, Gibran likes to listen to inspirational lectures by Western scholars of Islam and explore the world of Maqamaat.
Born and raised in sunny South Florida, Jawaad grew up in an environment of creative expression. Having performed spoken word poetry, written short stories and essays, and created a variety of videos, he joined Muslim Youth Musings as a means of experimenting with his expression, but also to facilitate his fellow young Muslims to express themselves as well. Now an aspiring filmmaker, he's completing a degree at the University of Miami in Motion Pictures with a minor in Marketing.
A Bangladeshi descent from the sakura trees of Japan, the golden prairies of Iowa, and the windy days of Chicago, Muhtasham Sifaat currently lives in New York City as a student of William E. Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. He found his passion for writing at the Bronx High School of Science and took this practice as a discipline for fruitful reflection and self-expression. Alhamdulillah, Sifaat was able to develop his writing through numerous competitions such as the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) and with irreplaceable support from his friends and family. He intends to write for MYM to better himself as a Muslim and as a writer, inshaAllah. Besides writing, Sifaat likes to draw, take afternoon walks, and practice martial arts/wrestling. He is a disciple of Hoshinkido Hapkido, a Korean martial art, which he practices alongside Taekwondo during his free time.
Sabera was born in New Jersey and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Creative Writing minoring in Management. Her love for writing budded before she was a decade young by an appreciation for rhythm and rhyme, and developed as she got older. She now dabbles in all types of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Besides writing, most of her free time is either spent in thought, engaged in some kind of physical activity, or trying her hand at a new craft. Since being introduced to Muslim Youth Musings, she has hoped to contribute what she can to it.

Staff Writers

Muhammad Aamir Shamsi is currently an Emergency Medicine Doctor in London. He joined MYM in the summer of 2010 to develop his writing skills, to provide an insight into the incidents that have occurred in his life, and to explore his thoughts that have arisen from such occurences. He hopes he can develop as a Muslim and become a better person in the process inshAllah.
AbdulBasit Khan currently lives in Lanham, MD where he gives weekly lectures at his local Mosque, PGMA. He grew up in the ADAMS Center community in Sterling, VA and moved to College Park, MD to attend Al-Huda School at the age of 11. After graduating from Al-Huda’s middle school and completing his hifzh, he began to volunteer at Prince George’s Muslim Association where he spent the next 8 years studying under the mentorship of many Imams, eventually becoming assistant Imam. His hobbies include reading beneficial works, listening to interesting talks and attending inspiring Islamic events. He feels that MYM is a beautiful medium for him to share some of his thoughts and be inspired by the musings of fellow youth.
When he isn’t procrastinating from studying for his medical degree, trying to clean his room or brooding over Gotham City (Yes, I’m Batman – don’t let Ben Affleck fool you. He’s Alfred), Abid Mohammed is a wannabe writer. Currently residing where the sun doesn’t shine (also known as the UK), if he isn’t penning overly long introductory sentences, he’s trying to make him self and the world around his self better. Want to know more about Abid? I guess you’ll just have to read his articles to find out more!
When confronted with the identity question, Adnan usually does not know what to respond. Having been born in India, brought up in central Africa and the Middle-East, and currently residing in the United States of America; he tends to consider himself of a multicultural background which he indeed is grateful for. Moving to USA alone for college vividly enhanced his perception of the world and molded his personality for the better. He is currently doing a double major in Economics and International Relations at Florida International University in Miami. An inadvertent stumble upon a delightful person introduced him to the literary realm of Muslim Youth Musings which does not only display Islamic literature but creates a home for its appreciation. Writing for MYM motivates him to compose more literary works and develop his writing skills. Apart from being active in the college organizations he is part of, Adnan loves to get to know people, enjoys reading, studying Islam and other religions, discussing international relations, improving his Arabic, and safeguarding his fluency in Urdu and French.
Born in the bustling borough of Manhattan in New York City, Alvi Rahman has since then moved to Queens at the age of three. His early years at elementary school was plagued by bullying but he has taken the experience as life-changing and has made his life motto to always make others happy in any way possible. He is known to his friends as a very happy person. He is currently a senior at the Bronx High School of Science and is heavily involved in the Muslim Students Association there. It has become his passion and life since freshman year. While he is not doing homework or studying, he is an avid blogger on Tumblr where he goes by the name “adailysmiler”. His mission is to become a neurologist inshaAllah and become associated with the label ‘altruist’. He is also very actively involved in trying to get the Muslim youth more involved in Islam. Truly, Islam is not just a religion but a way of life. This is his creed.
Born in the UAE, raised in America, and currently living in Abu Dhabi, Amal Kamalmaz is currently a student in the field of Islamic Studies. She seeks to learn the essence of this deen in any possible source available, and is currently working for an educational company in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Among Amal’s hobbies are sports and working with youth. Writing gives Amal the opportunity to influence her peers in Islam in an expressive manner. Her goal is to become a major in the science of Quran, and an influential teacher afterwards Insha’Allah.
Attiya Latif is a first-year at the University of Virginia who is hoping to double major in Political and Social Thought and Middle Eastern Studies. She intends to write for the duration of her existence in this life. When she does get a few blessed moments of spare time, she prefers to spend them either writing or poring over any book she can get her hands on. The number of her goals and dreams for the future is enough to rival the stars in the sky, but her greatest wish is to use her passion for writing and generate understanding and peace in a world that is filled with intolerance. She feels that it is extremely important to share her voice. Indeed, writing is as essential to life for Attiya as breathing; it is central to who she is and how she expresses herself. MYM was an incredible opportunity for Attiya to share her passion and experiences with other Muslim youth, and to further progress down the road of what she believes to be her greatest calling: literature.
Aysha Khan is a high school senior in the suburbs of Baltimore, where she is editor-in-chief and a designer for her student newspaper. She plans to continue studying journalism and statistics in college. A Strunk & White-adherent slacktivist with a penchant for literature and politics, she hates two things: fluff and senseless compliance to dogma. Aysha recognizes the need for more young Muslim voices, the need for peace, and the need for a united Ummah, all of which she believes MYM is instrumental towards.
Aysha Samjoo is an active member of her community in Dallas, TX and is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Dallas double majoring in psychology and child learning & development. She loves people and connecting with others. Although Aysha loves to write in all different styles of literature, her most favorite form of writing is poetry. She writes passionately, expressing her love for Islam in hopes of touching other’s hearts to help herself and others realize the blessings and beauty of the deen. Aysha feels that writing is her way of letting out her inner most thoughts and feelings through symbolism and deep meaning. Aysha certainly loves to let the reader travel in her shoes, to see life through her perception. She dwells in many other activities as well that allow her to use her imagination and compassion for art and humankind, like DIY projects, drawing, painting, volunteering and baking; pretty much anything that involves challenge, teamwork and most importantly creativity. Aysha came to know of MYM through a friend who encouraged her to express her creativity so that all can hear. She quickly took the opportunity into consideration to fulfill her desire to connect with others through her writing.
Aziza, lovingly named after her maternal grandmother, is a part-Indian, part-Western European Muslim in her early 20's. She was born in Ohio and currently resides there as well. With a passion for writing and learning more about her faith of Islam, she found her niche in MYM. She is excited to be able to communicate the cherished feelings in her heart. Through her pieces, she hopes to inspire not only Muslims, but non-Muslims alike.
Basiratulann Shahid was born in Manchester, Great Britain but her nationality is Pakistani. She has always wanted to be a writer since she can remember and would love to publish a few novels. Around four years ago, she realised that she also wanted to be a poet after a spontaneous experience in the art room, in which a poem suddenly came flowing from her pencil. Since then, she has maintained writing poetry as one of her main hobbies and usually incorporates the beauty of nature into her poetry. She joined MYM after her sister suggested the website to her and felt that this was the perfect environment for her to endorse herself in. She loves the fact that MYM is a place of increasing her knowledge about Islam and reading other brothers’ and sisters’ literature. Apart from writing, she enjoys reading and has a passion for photography and learning languages.
Fatih Seferagic was born in Germany but his nationality is Bosnian. He moved to the United States when he was four, and has been living there ever since. He lived in Arizona for three to four years before moving to Maryland. He lived in Maryland for seven years, and did most of his growing up in Baltimore. It was in Baltimore that he joined a Hifzh school to memorize the Quran. He started memorizing the Qur’an when he was nine, and completed the memorization in three years, when he was twelve. He continued to stay in the class after he finished for two years before leaving to study Riwayaat and to strengthen his Quran even further. In 2010, he was accepted into the Bayyinah Dream Program. He has been studying Arabic at Bayyinah Dream ever since September 2010. He’s currently the youth leader at Shaykh Yasir Birjas’s Masjid in Dallas, TX. He decided to join MYM out of his love for working with youth. Being a youth himself, he knows a lot of the problems that youth face on a daily basis, so this is a very good way for him to share advice, and any other pieces of information that might help the youth of today. On the side, he enjoys writing, reading, gaming, learning languages, philosophy, psychology, and languages.
Fatimah Waseem is a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland, College Park where she is double majoring in journalism and government and politics, and minoring in international development and conflict management. When she’s not in a classroom, she’s writes for the college newspaper “The Diamondback.” Off campus, she writes for The Muslim Link newspaper, the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area’s premier source for news on Muslim affairs. And when she’s not writing, she has her artist’s pen in hand: her paintbrush. Writing for MYM allows her to take a deep breath, step back, and regain perspective on life!
Hanaa is an English Language and Literature major who calls the border city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada home. She has an insatiable thirst for the written word, particularly poetry, and enjoys immersing herself in the study of new languages. She writes for MYM to remind herself and others that all of our trials and triumphs come from to Allah azza wa jal. In her spare time she enjoys writing eclectically in her journal, attending AlMaghrib seminars, and playing basketball.
Hannan Ouyoun is currently an online homeschooling high school junior in Chicago, Illinois. She hails from an odd family of eight consisting of five girls and one boy. Outside of MYM, Hannan enjoys an expansive array of sports including karate and basketball. She may live in Illinois, but you’ll have a better chance of running into her anywhere there’s an AlMaghrib class. Hannan and her family spend almost every weekend somewhere out of state immersing themselves in the study of Islam. She writes for MYM as a means of fulfilling the rights of the knowledge she seeks upon her. Encouraged by her incredible parents, she has finally built up the courage to share what knowledge she has accumulated, alhamdulillah. May Allah, the All-Knowing, accept.
An undergraduate student at the London School of Economics, Jasim aspires to help the Ummah in whatever way he can with the skills and experiences he takes from university. He takes a keen interest in international affairs and politics, as well as being fascinated by macro-economics. In light of recent events, Jasim feels most strongly about opposing oppression and helping the less fortunate. He joined MYM in order to practise articulating his reflections to the benefit of other like- minded young Muslims. In addition to MYM, Jasim helps run a blog committed to encouraging the youth back to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) called ‘The Sunnah Style’, and hopes to encourage other youth towards the true path through his writings and actions.
Jihan is a sister that has set her mind to change the world. In the meanwhile, she’s studying to get a BA in MIS and working for the National Yemen newspaper. She enjoys getting in touch with different cultures and an intellectual curiosity prompts her to seek knowledge in different fields.
Mahnoor is a student at the University of Houston Honors College. Pursuing a minor in creative works, she is determined to make writing her lifelong passion. Involved in a variety of slam teams and spoken word events, her experience for poetry ranges from competitions to heart-felt pieces. Mahnoor is a personal blogger as well as a writer for other inspirational blogs. She is a photographer for The Daily Cougar and very much enjoys every form of art, “for it is the way we tell stories”, she believes. Mahnoor considers herself a dreamer, always aspiring to take it to the next level and to keep pursuing. A hearty volunteer, intellectual thinker and a girl of many words, she desperately hopes she can influence lives one day.
Mariam Al-Kalby is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach and received her B.A. in English Education and Creative Writing. Writing is essential for communication and she is a strong advocate for this. Her world revolves around the simple things in this dunya and tries to capture it within her writing. Mariam wants to share her knowledge and experience with others with beneficial and inspiring works. By joining MYM, she wanted to participate in something that would strengthen the Ummah. She is the founder of “The Prophet Says” Series, children’s books inspired by ahadith and just has published through Prolance, The Apple Tree, the first in the series. She is currently working on a children’s poem for publication.
Mariam is an undergraduate student at Towson University studying Physics and Electrical Engineering. When she’s not going crazy playing with facts and figures in her head, she tutors children at a private tutoring center. If she ever is lucky enough to have some free time, she prefers seeing her humungous extended family or enriching her soul with worthy knowledge. MYM is a light of hope for her that she might be able to dispel her thoughts in an orderly fashion.
Maryam Ahmed is a high school senior living in Dallas, TX. She began writing for MYM when she was 13. In her free time (which is not very often), Maryam enjoys biking, photography, and reading. This fall, she will be heading to SMU, insha'Allah, to study Political Science, Human Rights and Journalism. She hopes to attend Law School after that. Maryam enjoys reading the literature on MYM because it inspires her to be a better Muslim. She hopes that by contributing to this community she can inspire other Muslim youth.
Mehraj lives in the eventful town of Luton, England. He is an undergraduate student at Cass Business School, but also strives to learn about other things too, like programming, islamic history and making mint chutney. He likes to travel and meet new people whenever he can. Spending most of his high school years in Saudi Arabia, he has gained a taste for arabic food. Mehraj also plays football and cricket in his spare time, but him and his brothers sometimes like to create their own game (often a mix between the two). Writing has always been a favorite pastime for Mehraj, as well as an especially powerful tool for learning. He loves to learn more about his faith, Islam, to study its basic texts and to work towards the reunification of its people. Being a Staff Writer at MYM has allowed him to combine his efforts in both while making a positive contribution to the Ummah.
On the outside, Maryam is just an ordinary girl currently homeschooling, but her dreams are big. She is hoping to become an inspirational author for young adults, insha’Allah. Not only is Maryam striving to become an author, she is also interested in becoming a linguist, an ethnic chef, and a nutritionist. Many people are intimidated by her, as she is very strict on health and food choices. She loves to embrace her tomboy side once in a while, and enjoys playing with her pets and taking unexpected road trips with her family. She’s currently a student from ICL (Institute of Childrens Literature). Being a former Al-Huda student has taken Maryam on a self-journey where she came to realize herself, the purpose of life and the importance of this deen. Being a part of MYM will allow her to convey all her experiences and reflections she has made with the Muslim youth.
Muhammad Xhemali is a sophomore in college at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. He was born in Albania and came to the States at the age of 5 with his family and has been living in Massachusetts ever since. Recently he completed the Bayyinah Dream program in Dallas and is now back in college. He is also a youth coordinator for Young Muslims for the Worcester branch.
Nadia is currently studying Pharmacy at the University of Houston. She has a heart of kindness and love for everyone to take and share. Nadia enjoys meeting new people and spending time with her cherished ones. You’ll find her frequently hugging random hijjabis and coping with a handful of people here and there to get acquainted with many Muslims and non-Muslims. Allah gifted her with this need and passion of aiding others, in all cases, as much as possible. Her time goes out to her family, Islam, sketching, writing, and a lot of volunteering. Currently, she is holding a position with Crescent Youth, a non-profit organization, as a sisters coordinator, reaching out to youth as much as she can by creating new projects and events. She is also an enrichment teacher for Amaanah Refugee services, also a non profit organization in the goal of helping refugee families. Nadia has many goals in life and she wants her voice to be heard through her writings, for people to feel and understand certain situations, to help someone in a different state or country reading it. For this reason, she joined MYM and is excited to write for them, for one article can make a difference to any reader. She perceives whats happening around her; her surrounding, environment, masjlis, ummah and believes that one day, she’ll be able to make many changes and differences in someones life.
Nihal Khan is currently pursuing a dual Master's degree student focusing on Islamic Law and Theology at Nadwatul 'Ulama in Lucknow, India and Religious Studies at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. He was born and raised in New Jersey and holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from Montclair State University and a diploma in Arabic from Bayyinah Institute's Dream Program. He began memorizing the Qur’an at Darul Uloom New York and finished at the age of seventeen at the Saut al-Furqan Academy in Teaneck, New Jersey. He went on to lead taraweeh every year since then. Along with his education, Nihal has worked in various capacities in the Muslim community as an assistant Imam, youth director, and a Muslim Chaplain at a correctional facility.
Raadia is a 17-year-old Pakistani Muslim studying as a Business Administration major in community college, interested in pursuing a career related to civil rights and international relations. They are experienced with politics, leadership, education, literature, social media, and web design. On the side, they're passionate about social justice and global matters. Probably has consumed some form of caffeine within last 24 hours. Always ready to rant. Unapologetic.
Born and raised in Orange County, Southern California, Raakin Hossain is far from the average teenager. He considers himself an adventurous fellow, but not in the sense that he would bungee jump off the Empire State Building in New York or wrestle Bengal tigers in India. Adventure for Raakin is refraining from chocolate during his short-lived diet goals and resisting from the many temptations of this world. Liberated from the Engineering and Medicine Syndrome (EMS), he is currently majoring in the field of Economics. Only through the Infinite Mercy of Allah, the tireless efforts of his mother, and sacrifices of his father, Raakin completed the memorization of the Qur’an at the age of 15. On his free time, Raakin loves to read, write, and develop websites for his organization, the Jannah Network. Stumbling upon MYM on Facebook, Raakin joined the team in hope to better his skills in communication, professionalism, and writing.
Rahma is a high school student in College Park, Maryland. Some people see her as a quiet person, but she likes to think of herself as a person who chooses to express her thoughts through paper art and other crafts, doodling, martial arts, and writing, rather than through speaking. She is a graduate of Hifzh School and a black belt in Tang Soo Do (Alhamdulillah!) and enjoys learning, and sometimes teaching, math and science. She loves nature, as it constantly leaves her in awe of Allah’s creation. Muslim Youth Musings has inspired her a lot to experiment in the world of writing. By writing for MYM, she hopes to discover more about the world (both the physical world and the world of writing), about Islam, and about herself.
Born and raised in the UK, Ruqaiyya Maryam shares a roof with a mother who is obsessed with organic eggs and a father who loves to spend his time on eBay. She is currently doing a degree in Social Sciences, finding a cure to her OCSD (Obsessive Compulsive Shoe Disorder) and writing her first novel. She loves photography, is hopeless at cooking and gets her sleeves stuck in door handles (don’t ask!). She is a part of MYM as she wants to reach out to the Muslim Youth of today through her writing and experiences and of course play a tiny part in spreading this beautiful deen of ours.
Experiencing the scorching heat of summer and loving the cold breeze of the starry Arabian nights, Saba, an Indian by origin, spent most part of her life in the UAE. She completed her schooling in GEMS education, moving into a university in Ajman as a student of Islamic Studies. She moved to Qatar with her family in 2011 and is now continuing her studies at Islamic Online University. An insomniac; half of her nights are spent thinking about petty issues of the day and reflecting upon life only to be struck by realizations that eventually show up in her writings. She yearns to see a change in herself, a change for the better; to live life solely seeking the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. By the Grace of Allah, she stumbled upon MYM one fine morning. When the webpage loaded on the screen of her laptop for the first time, she was mesmerized by the fact that Muslim youth from all over the world united as a team to muse mankind by sprinkling the magic dust of inspiration. Being a part of MYM now, she’s looking forward to sharing her thoughts with the world, in an attempt to contribute the little that she can in the way of Allah SWT.
Saiema Alam is a high school student who will be starting college next year, Insha’Allah. On the weekends, she can be found in the masjid with her students creating camels out of yarn, coloring pictures of arks, gluing together wudu books, and teaching the Stories of the Prophets. In her free time, she enjoys reading anything that she can find, crocheting toys for her nephew, trying new pizza recipes, and of course, writing! She is excited for this new chapter in her life as she writes for MYM and finds the Islamic perspective in seemingly ordinary life events.
Once referred to as a “40-year old trapped in a teenage body” and a “Renaissance woman,” Sara Bawany can humbly testify that she has dabbled in many different fields relating to careers, organizations, and Islam. An obsessive baker (and eater), a varsity tennis player, and a Lincoln-Douglas debate veteran, Sara enjoys immersing herself in different activities aside from studying diligently to achieve her goal of becoming a surgeon. Having attended 11 schools in her life from Ohio and Texas to California and Florida, she is a prospective student at a 4-year university next year InshaAllah. Aside from school, she is the Vice President of Muslim Student Association and an active member of her local youth group. Sara rejoices at every opportunity to extend a hand out to the Muslim youth along with anyone in need of a little guidance, moral support, or friend. She is a busy girl what with trying to finish up her senior year dually with her Associate’s degree, but in her spare time, she volunteers excessively, independently studies the Qur’an, and when time permits, has random panic attacks about the future. Sara joined MYM because she strives to be a part of the growing movement in Islamic literature, as well as work with her passion for writing and for Islam. She believes that high emotions and extreme tension are best relieved through writing and she hopes to be able to channel her own feelings into amazing pieces for youth across the world to muse over.
Sarah Saeedah is, in three words, happy, blessed, and most of all, Muslim. Although she spent most of her childhood in the sparsely populated but lush and green Arkansas, Sarah reluctantly moved to the brown, bustling Arizona in 2006 and is now wavering between majors in her first year at Arizona State University. Sarah enjoys being commonly mistaken for different ethnicities, hearing brilliant Muslim speakers, consuming strawberries and tangy sour ribbons, reflecting on Dawud Wharnsby’s poetry, concocting desserts, reading, reading, and a little more reading, running programs for her alma mater Islamic high school, doing henna, soaking in rain, and dreaming positively about the bright, happy future of the global Muslim community. Sarah has served as Editor for her high school newsletter and blog, and assistant editor for both the newsletters of the Islamic Social Services Association, USA and CAIR’s Arizona chapter. Sarah joined MYM primarily because she was intrigued by the idea of a community of Muslim youth writers across the country, as well as in order to preserve and reflect on her experiences growing up as an American Muslim. Please keep her in your dua’as as Sarah’s most fervent dream – (ehem, goal) – is to attend the Bayyinah Institute’s Dream program in order to learn traditional Arabic.
Shahin studies English at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and Islamic Studies with AlMaghrib Institute and Prophetic Guidance. She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and learning Arabic. She is in love with words, particularly poetry and likes to think deep about the human condition. An enthusiast for the preservation of traditional languages and the reformation of cultures. Literally learning new things every day, teaching is her passion and her mission. MYM is a platform that allows her to first learn from others' perspectives, and then to use her insight and experiences to benefit others.
Shaziya Barkat is currently a 20-year-old pharmacy student at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy. Aside from her interest in pharmacy, she also holds a strong passion for photography, art, reading, and writing. She has held positions such as Staff Reporter, News Columnist, and Feature Editor for her high school newspaper, taking on a role as Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief for Loyola University Chicago MSA’s newsletter, Al-Risalah, during her undergrad years. Shaziya believes that with words comes self-expression and that everyone has a story that needs to be heard. She joined MYM in hopes of using her passion for writing to not only self-reflect upon her life and Islam, but also to depict the day to day struggles, hopes, experiences, and perspectives of a young Muslim woman.
A student, teacher and wanderer; Siman is finishing up her degree at the University of Ottawa, specializing in English Literature and minoring in Environmental Studies. She has a passion for the outdoors, for Qur’aan and of course for poetry. By writing for Muslim Youth Musings, she hopes to share a part of herself through her poetry. She hopes to not only benefit the readers, but bring about a different flair of expression through her writings, wa billahi Tawfeeq.
Born as a New Yorker and always a New Yorker, Sumaira is known to be the “city girl” who will never survive in the countryside. She is on the never-ending pursuit of trying to please Almighty Allah, and be among the strongest believers of Islamic monotheism that He would be proud of. She is passionate about loving her dear friends and family as well as being bluntly honest with people, and telling it like it is. Creating extended metaphors are her forte, and she often finds a way to personify inanimate objects in her writing. Sumaira joined MYM in order to be a part of a community of people who absolutely adore to write and enjoy writing for others. A community where writers connect their inner creativity with the worship and love for their Rabb, it is another one of many places to grow spiritually.
Sumaiyah joined MYM to exercise her writing skills and broaden her horizons. She loves to laugh with friends and family, and lemonade puts her in a bit of a silly mood. In her free time, you can find her with a book and a cup of tea, or playing Call of Duty with her husband. She also enjoys long walks by herself, or with her sister. In the future, she hopes to accomplish architectural feats and study journalism.
Zainub can usually be found thawing out in front of her fireplace in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where temperatures often dip as low as -30° C. When not defrosting, she can be located in the University of Calgary library with furrowed brow, trying to understand convoluted literary theories in efforts to earn her degree in English. Zainub is fascinated by the rich tradition of Islamic literature by the likes of Ibn Battuta and Imam Al-Ghazali. She’s part of MYM because she sees the group as a humble and modern expression of the same fire that motivated these great thinkers. She also contributes articles to I Got It Covered, a website devoted to women’s modesty. In her spare time she loves to travel, practice her photography and play with her two cats Mowgli and Lola.

Authors Emeritus

Ammar was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany before coming to the United States in 2001, after which he has moved around with his family more than 13 times before settling near College Park, Maryland. He is a student of Psychology and Business at the University of Maryland and intends on becoming an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in the future. He is passionate about martial arts, physical and mental health and wellness, and will never say no to coffee. His burning sense of adventure and exploration can lead him to wandering or biking through new cities for hours, whether alone or with his best mates by his side. More than anything, he loves to involve himself with mentoring, counseling, and coaching youth of all ages in different disciplines. He vehemently champions using one’s passions and experiences to benefit and enrich the lives of others, which is why he decided to write for Muslim Youth Musings. You may find him teaching gymnastics at his local sports complex, or working with students at the advising office of Prince George’s Community College, coaching the Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s MIST team, all while looking for a new adventures to take on!
As a student of mechatronics engineering, I often have to use problem solving skills effectively. Though I follow a path of logical thinking, I am actually very in-tuned with the arts, whether that be through poetry, story-writing, or blogging. Writing is a way to convey my thoughts when I can't find the right words to say. I love science, and I love Islam more. Despite being 23 years old, I haven't given up my spirit of childhood, and that can be seen through my love for video games. I think creativity is a profound characteristic that progress humanity further, and everyone should express it one way or another.

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    I am without a single doubt that this website has the ample of all required information to make youths take a braod step to make  a vital living. May Allah help us. Amin

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