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The Search for Solace

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Dec 7, 2017 · 6 min read

Sometimes it feels like all is lost. Sometimes it feels like hope is out of reach. Sometimes it feels like you’re on the brink of...

Start a Scene

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Dec 2, 2017 · 6 min read

We step onto the stage, just me and my classmate. We’d been through three levels of improv class together, and this was Day 1 of Level 4....

Makkah: The Kingdom of Hearts

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Nov 6, 2016 · 7 min read

“Indeed, there is in the body a morsel of flesh, if it is sound and wholesome, then the whole body will be sound and wholesome and if it...

Are We Making Halal Bacon Haram? | The Need to Understand

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Oct 27, 2016 · 6 min read

“Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (Al-Tirmidhi) When I was younger, one of my cousins told me that saying the...

Where’s the Baby?

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Oct 10, 2016 · 6 min read

This piece has been co-authored by my wife, Safa Munim. The questions began just a few weeks into our marriage. Whenever I attended the...

Delving Through Layers of Sabr

Shaziya Barkat
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Oct 3, 2016 · 6 min read

It’s all a vivid memory. I remember those sunny afternoons filled with young, bright laughter and the arms that raised me and my cousins...