the blue mountained heart

softening denotes a lesson learned and overcome: the reunification of soul wisdom with the mind i examine a slice of the atrium wall, striations of color hidden by a neutral crust. my heart is coated with something gray yet inside it is still alive! i wait for the hardness to weaken by waters crash and…

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Religious Persecution: Displaced Ahmadi Muslims From Pakistan

Ahmadi Muslims have been stigmatized in the mainstream Muslim community. This can be evidently seen through many conventional clerics, politicians, and presidents who push for anti-Ahmadi propaganda. I will be discussing how the stigmatization of Ahmadi Muslims affects their lives and well-being in a negative way, with a particular emphasis on Ahmadis from Pakistan. Ahmadi…

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Reconciliation: Queer, Agnostic, and Indian

These thoughts have always been tumbling through my brain perilously. I have vague memories of those first moments, when some alien crevice erupted with thoughts and feelings I couldn’t understand. I had cracked open something that let loose a glimpse into my core. I thought I had drowned these thoughts, but they bubbled up, and…

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Kintsugi & T(h)ea

I find our tribal human mind will always fight against the heart, missing the soul of the matter at hand. Unless the steady mentor’s brush meets the tree’s gold-infused sap, patiently stroking our scars to rejoin us we remain broken, shards of ceramic tea pots, waitingto pair our bitter matchawith their coupled sweet. __ This…

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Helpful Tips for the Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is a month filled with joy, family time, and precious moments to reflect on non-materialistic things for Muslims across the world. While people such as the sick, children, the elderly, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women menstruating etc. are exempted from fasting, an often overlooked issue is how alienating this month can be for…

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Ramadan: A Special Place in My Heart

Nothing tastes as incredible as the first bite of a date when breaking your fast. It’s a time when relief fills the body, the vexing hunger fades away, and the mind is at ease. Ramadan: a time when the body is weary, but the soul feels vibrant. Ramadan is the holy month in Islam when…

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New Zealand Terrorist Attacks: The Fight Against Double Standards

On March 15th, I went to sleep heartbroken because of the news of a terrorist attack against Muslims in New Zealand. I had opened Twitter directly after my sister went to bed and my heart stopped. I couldn’t stop crying. I was in pain, and angry. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. And as I…

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Rooting For Representation: Muslims In Pop Culture

(Featured Image Credit: Valery Lemay Illustration & Design) I was beyond ecstatic when I first saw a hijabi doll displayed among the blonde and brunette dolls at Target. I spent all of my 11th birthday money on her: Sara. She wore a pink scarf and purple shoes. I tend to lose my Barbie dolls’ shoes…

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Once Again, Freedom Of Religion Triumphs In South Africa

Whilst South Africa maybe going through challenging times due to its deteriorating economy, crime statistics at an all-time high, and a possible impasse in the infamous state capture saga, it is imperative for South Africans to not lose focus of the positive aspects present in the country. One such aspect is that of the right…

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