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Becoming whom I never thought I could be

One of the most beautiful things in life is proving -- not others -- but yourself wrong. I guess you could say I've done this before, in tiny spurts, but something feels different now. Are these the post-Hajj blessings? Perhaps. It's not in spiritual matters, so I can't know for sure. Although, that doesn't mean… Continue reading Becoming whom I never thought I could be

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Verily, After Hardship Comes Ease

I am reminded that the "natural progression" in life is not always so natural for many people. I have struggled with this myself many times before. But how do you grieve for a loss that is not yours? Is what you feel empathy? Or is it fear? What words of condolence or encouragement do you… Continue reading Verily, After Hardship Comes Ease

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9/11 is the day I lost my grandmother

This is an essay I first wrote a few years back in honour of my grandmother, whom I called naanami. I haven't edited this piece because I would like to keep everything intact. Today also is the first day of the new Islamic lunar year. A sobering reminder for myself first on how I would… Continue reading 9/11 is the day I lost my grandmother

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Why does this keep on happening? Because there is a lesson I have yet to learn.

Last night I had to face the cold, hard truth that even though I certainly feel different after coming back from Hajj, I am still me. I still have my weaknesses. I still have my deficiencies. I still have the same anxieties. Week One after Hajj was pretty good, I would say. Work was not… Continue reading Why does this keep on happening? Because there is a lesson I have yet to learn.