I’ve been wanting to make this post for years. Recent events have made me think I shouldn’t have waited so long. If you are the parent of a child who is going through this: I know it’s hard for you to understand. I know it’s a lot to take in. I know you’re worried about… Continue reading Dealing with Depression and Anxiety as a Young Muslim
At least, we think she was homeless. My mom and I were walking into a grocery store when a woman asked us if we could buy her something to eat. She was wearing faded denim shorts, an orange tank top, and flip flops. She looked to be in her late forties. She seemed harmless enough. Even before… Continue reading My Mom Bought Lunch For A Homeless Lady
Does it ever just make you want to cry, to think that Allah has promised you something better? And you know its there, but you can’t see it, and you cant touch it, and until it reaches you, you’re fumbling around and making mistakes. And sometimes they’re big mistakes. And sometimes they’re small mistakes. And… Continue reading Something Better
I spent a solid hour explaining to my sister that she’s better looking than she thinks she is, but she doesn’t realize it because she’s not used to her own face. Like, she thinks she has certain unfavorable traits because she focuses on those when she looks in the mirror and scrutinizes them far beyond what… Continue reading Thoughts
In my Gender and Women’s Studies class, we were discussing the topic of sex tourism. This girl was explaining the concept to me very politely, while her male friend sat between us and listened. If you are unfamiliar with sex tourism, it is commodification of having a sexual experience with an “exotic” partner. Sorta. Basically… Continue reading Does My Disinterest in Sex Offend You?
A few days ago I received an anonymous question on tumblr from a young Muslim asking for advice. I think this is a topic we can all relate to in some way, so I wanted to share it with you. Q: I feel I can’t do anything, and there are so many pressures. How can… Continue reading Islam is Too Strict (Tumblr Question)
I have never understood Christian holidays. Especially since everything has become a gift-giving holiday, but nothing confuses me more than Easter. If someone would be kind enough to explain it to me, I’d be more than happy to listen. But for now, here’s what I just don’t understand. Jesus “died for our sins” on the… Continue reading A Confused Muslim’s View of Easter
Look, I am not an expert on this subject. In fact I’m last person you want advice from (even though I will more than willingly offer it to you). But I feel like I’ve figured a lot out in the past week. And after reading some of the things that other people have been writing… Continue reading How to be Happy
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Just kidding. I’m not that excited. I’m trying to have low expectations so I won’t be disappointed. Can we all agree that last year kinda sucked? Like, it didn’t totally suck, but it wasn’t great. It was a good/bad year. As far my social life went in 2013, I think it was… Continue reading Happy Freaking New Year: Resolutions and my 2013 Review
No, I’m not currently a hijabi. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about it. A lot. Yesterday I got the “hijab talk” from my parents for like, the third time. I know I definitely want to do it. I just don’t know when. And I don’t want to do it just because my parents… Continue reading Hijab?