Conquering the New World

And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in […]

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Islam À La Carte

Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at meanspirited roadhouses. Maulana Rumi If we were all perfect believers, there would be no need for mosques, churches, synagogues, or temples. There would never have been a need for any prophet or messenger after the […]

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Burnt Bridges

The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable. Friedrich Nietzsche A million clichés are running through my mind right now to try and describe how we were. We weren’t two peas in a pod. We spent way […]

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‘Act’ivism

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to attune myself to the heartbeat of the global Muslim community (the Ummah). I was never completely severed from it – that would be impossible. Being born into it, I have been immersed into certain social […]

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Anatomy of Heartbreak

This being human is a guest house Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may […]

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Answering Islamic Reform

And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness, and when the ignorant address them, they say: Peace. Surat Al-Furqan [25:63] If I went through the laundry list of false criticisms and lies spread about the religion of Islam by the West, my body of literature would put Isaac […]

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Courage

He who stands for nothing will fall for anything. Alexander Hamilton I wrote an article for the McGill Daily in my first year called ‘Having Guts’. At the time, I equated ‘having guts’ with being a political conservative, and I do still stand by that idea to some extent. Today, I don’t care much for […]

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