Where Are The Muslim Women?

The heated debates around Muslim women and their hijabs have only gained traction after waves of Islamophobia and racism continuously fueling them. On one side, we have adamant Muslims arguing about the beauty of the hijab and the inevitable blessings it would bring to its wearer; and on the other, racists and Islamophobes who harbor…

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The Art of Praying

Gandhinagar, Hyderabad 2003 8:30amĀ  I watched my aunt pour a golden glass of milk over the porcelain statue of goddess Lakshmi Devi. After milk came honey. Then water. I sat cross-legged, half paying attention to the pooja, half paying attention to my Cafurty Telephone Piggy Bank. It was filled with a few paise and stacks…

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Refusing To Label Attacks Against Muslims As Hate Crimes

After a long day of classes, I got on the bus to head back home. About halfway through my commute, I noticed some stares behind me, so I decided to take my earphones out and see for myself what everyone was looking at. It was a white male who was making a lot of noise,…

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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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