Fi Sabilillah

  Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden […]

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Tears of a Hero

  The best way out is always through. Robert Frost A boy always grows up believing that his father is nothing short of Superman. That’s how I always saw my dad. That’s how I still see him. As I’ve grown older, though, the reasons why he remains my hero have changed. As a kid, I […]

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In Love & Anger

The only things you learn are the things you tame. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince I’ve always been a quiet guy. In grade school, I was never the type to say much and I was always exceedingly shy around new people. In a way, I was content to play the quiet, nerdy, brown kid […]

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When Drugs are Bad

Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls. Anaïs Nin Since I was a child, I was made to fear drugs. The message had been hammered into my head over and over – by my teachers, parents, […]

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The Awara Generation

  To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt Less than a generation ago, I’d have been considered a blasphemer and a degenerate of the highest degree. In my native Urdu, the best word to use is awara. It describes someone who is […]

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