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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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Fight-or-flight? I’m choosing to flee, literally and metaphysically

It's been almost two weeks since I've blogged. I had actually drafted three different posts over the weekend, but ultimately deciding against publishing them. It has been a busy week at work. I had a work-related nightmare on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, so that's a good sign that I am clearly not mentally checking out when… Continue reading Fight-or-flight? I’m choosing to flee, literally and metaphysically

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That Post-Hajj High

I realize the word "high" and pairing it with anything Islamic is kind of contradictory. Getting high is kind of completely antithetical to Islam. Ecstasy is no better. Maybe spiritual elevation? I don't know. It's not succinct though. And as a writer, I like my titles to be as succinct as possible. Although most of… Continue reading That Post-Hajj High

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There and Back Again: A Hajji’s Tale

Today is our first full day back home from Hajj. I start this post off knowing that this reflection cannot do justice to the multitude of emotions and openings I felt during this pilgrimage, often and appropriately called "the journey of a lifetime." You know that scene in The Return of the King after the… Continue reading There and Back Again: A Hajji’s Tale