Broad Shoulders

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. Proverb The last year or so has probably been the most stressful of my life. There have been some ups and downs, as there always are, but it’s been a bumpy ride from start to finish. Thinking about the year I had and the […]

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Hayya Alal Falah

Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) My journey in faith and Islam has been a challenging one. By nature, I’m the type of person to be skeptical of what others tell me. I’m curious and contemplative, but I’m far from a blind adherent to any ideological stance. To commit myself […]

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A City Upon a Hill

  He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Paradise easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek […]

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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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