It feels rather apt that, as I dedicate this Ramadhan to contemplating the resilience of the human body, as granted by God, I am also called to reflect on the 40 weeks and 1 day my body spent growing a whole new being. Continue reading In & Out
What bullshit you may ask?
All the bullshit! Personal hangups, petty rivalries, unhealthy relationships, social pressures, others’ expectations… if it doesn’t empower me to grow, it’s got to go! I will no longer make space in my life for things that hold me back. Continue reading Outgrow the Bullshit
I blame my mother who would celebrate everything from religious holidays, to birthdays, to end of semesters, and A+s on tests with cards, decorations and over-the-top enthusiasm. While I won’t go scavenging discount stores for “Congrats on your new job” cards every time one of my millennial friends finally get off unemployment, I did inherit her love of celebration. Continue reading Hijabi-Elf: Christmas as a Muslim convert
My Facebook feed was buzzing with worry and fear: half a world away, Beirut had fallen victim to a terror attack. My Muslim and Arab contacts shook … Continue reading #PrayforHumanity
While having me was certainly fortunate, it was definitely not my dad’s best decision. As a gay man, living a lie and dragging my innocent mother … Continue reading Sharing in the happiness!
I am of the few looking forward to Christmas. Not because, to many Christian brothers and sisters, it is a time to remember the birth of Jesus the Christ–our Prophet Isa– or for many Pagan brothers and sisters it is a time of celebration of the solstice, nor for the Holy celebration of Chanukah for Jewish brothers and sisters. I respect all faith traditions, but the reason I look forward to this season is what most people abhor of the holy days: its heavy reliance on family time and gift giving. I realize that for many, it is a sad … Continue reading The Art of Giving