Yesterday, I had the pretty unique opportunity to teach approximately 500 7th/8th graders about Islam. Since participating in AMCLI in October 2017, my personal/professional goal has been to not say No to any invitation for a speaking engagement, unless it conflicted with my schedule or was on a topic completely outside my knowledge base. For as… Continue reading What is this? Has Rafia finally conquered her fears of public speaking? Maybe.
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
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.
I've come to accept that I will probably be running 5ks for a while. And maybe that's okay. When we make goals for ourselves, it's natural to want to reach them quickly. Isn't that what our society implicitly tells us? Make a goal. Accomplish it. And then on to the next! It's like we're supposed… Continue reading On Goals — even if they seem to take foreveeeeer
Today was a great way to start the best month of the year. This afternoon I participated in a panel titled "A Double Whammy or Triple Threat: The Disparity of Diversity Amongst Women in STEM." If you've been reading this blog, you can probably deduce my first reaction. Why am I being asked to participate… Continue reading What the little girl in me needed to hear