MYM Staff

Reflective essaysstoriesmemoirs, 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.

Editorial Board

Arif KabirArif Kabir

Arif Kabir is currently serving as the Director of MYM. He loves spending time with his family, reading literature, learning martial a...

Jawaad Ahmad KhanJawaad Ahmad Khan

Born and raised in sunny South Florida, Jawaad grew up in an environment of creative expression. Having performed spoken word poetry, wri...

HanaaHanaa

Hanaa is an English Language and Literature major who calls the border city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada home. She has an insatiable th...

Sumaiyah KhanSumaiyah Khan

Sumaiyah joined MYM to exercise her writing skills and broaden her horizons. She loves to laugh and spend time with friends and family...

Gibran AliGibran Ali

Gibran Ali, a computer science graduate from the University of Maryland, has been a computer buff for years. Originally from Pakistan, Gi...

Authors

Abd Al-Baasit KhanAbd Al-Baasit Khan

AbdulBasit Khan currently lives in Lanham, MD where he gives weekly lectures at his local Mosque, PGMA. He grew up in the ADAMS Ce...

RuqaiyyaRuqaiyya

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...

Aamir ShamsiAamir Shamsi

Muhammad Aamir Shamsi is currently an Emergency Medicine Doctor in London. He joined MYM in the summer of 2010 to develop his writing ski...

Aziza PauffAziza Pauff

Aziza, lovingly named after her maternal grandmother, is a part-Indian, part-European Ohioan. With an interest in writing and learning ...

Fatimah WaseemFatimah Waseem

Fatimah Waseem is a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland, College Park where she is double majo...

Faeza AshrafFaeza Ashraf

Born in Canada to Pakistani parents, Faeza was mostly raised in the grassy green hills of Kentucky. She’s a junior in high school a...

Shaziya BarkatShaziya Barkat

Shaziya Barkat is currently a student pharmacist at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy. Aside from her interes...

Zaheen UddinZaheen Uddin

As a student of mechatronics engineering, I often have to use problem solving skills effectively. Though I follow a path of logical think...

Muhammad XhemaliMuhammad Xhemali

Muhammad Xhemali is a pharmacy student at the MCPHS University in Worcester. He was born in Albania and came to the States at the age ...

Maryam AhmedMaryam Ahmed

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 ...

Hannan OuyounHannan Ouyoun

Hannan Ouyoun is currently an online homeschooling high school junior in Chicago, Illinois. She hails from an odd family of eight consis...

Aysha SamjooAysha Samjoo

Aysha Samjoo is an active member of her community in Dallas, TX. She is currently teaching at a private collegiate academy. Aysha gradu...

Adnan SammaAdnan Samma

When confronted with the identity question, Adnan usually does not know what to respond. Having been born in India, brought up in cen...

Haris QudsiHaris Qudsi

An eclectic individual at heart, Haris Qudsi thoroughly enjoys writing about himself in the third person. Armed with a cavalcade of dry...

Iqra AsadIqra Asad

Based out of Austin, TX, Iqra Asad is not sure whether she is a dentist who writes or a writer who dentists, but she gained enoug...

Bismah IkramBismah Ikram

Living in a house with her family in Dallas, TX, Bismah Ikram is a Junior at Brighter Horizons Academy. She enjoys creative writing, watc...

Ibrahim JimohIbrahim Jimoh

Ibrahim Jimoh is a an author, award winning writer, and poet. He is a graduate of electrical and electronics engineering, Universit...

Mariam VakaniMariam Vakani

Mariam is sixteen, currently in her second year of battling her way to a BA in English Literature and Philosophy at Ryerson Universit...

Shaheera VakaniShaheera Vakani

Shaheera Vakani is a graduate of Umm al-Qura university with a diploma in Arabic and Islam. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, she curre...

Alumni

Muhtasham SifaatMuhtasham Sifaat

A Bangladeshi descent from the sakura trees of Japan, the golden prairies of Iowa, and the windy days of Chicago, Muhtasham Sifaat curre...

Raadia KhanRaadia Khan

Raadia is an 18-year-old college student in the United States, with an unapologetic passion for civil rights-- with additional interest...

Shahin IndorewalaShahin Indorewala

Shahin studies English at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and Islamic Studies with AlMaghrib Institute and Prophetic Guidance....

Sara BawanySara Bawany

Once referred to as a “40-year old trapped in a teenage body” and a “Renaissance woman,” Sara Bawany can humbly testify that she...

Basiratulann ShahidBasiratulann Shahid

Basiratulann Shahid was born in Manchester, Great Britain but her nationality is Pakistani. She has always wanted to be a writer since...

Raakin HossainRaakin Hossain

Born and raised in Orange County, Southern California, Raakin Hossain is far from the average teenager. He considers himself an adventu...

Attiya LatifAttiya Latif

Attiya Latif is a first-year at the University of Virginia who is hoping to double major in Political and Social Thought and Middle Eas...

Zainub Abdur-RahmanZainub Abdur-Rahman

Zainub can usually be found thawing out in front of her fireplace in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where temperatures often dip as low as -3...

Sabera AkhterSabera Akhter

Sabera was born in New Jersey and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Crea...

Fatih SeferagicFatih Seferagic

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 t...

Nihal KhanNihal Khan

Nihal Khan is currently pursuing a dual Master's degree student focusing on Islamic Law and Theology at Nadwatul 'Ulama in Lucknow, India...

Saba NasirSaba Nasir

Experiencing the scorching heat of summer and loving the cold breeze of the starry Arabian nights, Saba, an Indian by origin, spent most ...

Sumaira AhammedSumaira Ahammed

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 i...

Jihan AnwarJihan Anwar

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...

Sarah SaeedahSarah Saeedah

Sarah Saeedah is, in three words, happy, blessed, and most of all, Muslim. Although she spent most of her childhood in the sparsely popul...

Mehraj HassanMehraj Hassan

Mehraj lives in the eventful town of Luton, England. He is an undergraduate student at Cass Business School, but also strives to learn a...

ZabirZabir

Zabir Khan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in Information Technology. He has taught Islamic Stu...

ZainabZainab

Based out of Coral Springs, Florida, Zainab joined Muslim Youth Musings in 2010. An entrepreneur and mother, her focus at MYM has bee...

Mosab SabahMosab Sabah

Mosab Sabah is a senior at George Mason University majoring in English. At a very young age he was exposed to the English language thr...

Sanam ZaidiSanam Zaidi

Sanam Zaidi was born in Pakistan and moved to NYC a bit too late when the doctors discovered she was born with a heart disease that...

Rahma ZakariaRahma Zakaria

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 ...

Nasir Al-DinNasir Al-Din

Converting to Islam from atheism, Nasir Al-Din has now found Islam to be not only his religion, but his state of being.

Amal KamalmazAmal Kamalmaz

Born in the UAE, raised in America, and currently living in Abu Dhabi, Amal Kamalmaz is currently a student in the field of Islamic Stud...

Aysha KhanAysha Khan

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....

Nadia FarooqiNadia Farooqi

Nadia is currently studying Pharmacy at the University of Houston. She has a heart of kindness and love for everyone to take and share. N...

Saiema AlamSaiema Alam

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 ma...

Ammar HabibAmmar Habib

Ammar was born in Mönchengladbach, Germany before coming to the United States in 2001, after which he has moved around with his family ...

Mahnoor SamanaMahnoor Samana

Mahnoor is a student at the University of Houston Honors College. Pursuing a minor in creative works, she is determined to make writing...

Mariam Al-KalbyMariam Al-Kalby

Mariam Al-Kalby is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach and received her B.A. in English Education and Creative Writing. Writing is essen...

Mariam QureshiMariam Qureshi

Mariam is an undergraduate student at Towson University studying Physics and Electrical Engineering. When she’s not going crazy pla...

Meryam KhanMeryam Khan

On the outside, Maryam is just an ordinary girl currently homeschooling, but her dreams are big. She is hoping to become an inspirati...

Siman WacaysSiman Wacays

A student, teacher and wanderer; Siman is finishing up her degree at the University of Ottawa, specializing in English Literature...

Abid MohammedAbid Mohammed

When he isn’t procrastinating from studying for his medical degree, trying to clean his room or brooding over Gotham City (Yes, I...