The Funeral
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The Funeral

“I rarely cry at funerals.” This was the first line of my last post. Since, it’s been a week filled with funerals – the same topic I (somewhat sarcastically) addressed. Divine intervention has always been quickly dispensed upon me; the Good Lord never wastes any time teaching me a lesson. Alhamdulilah. ____________________________ Sunday, March 1 … Continue reading

Bit Haram*
Woman in Public / YOU'RE Haram!

Bit Haram*

*[lit. ‘bastard/illegitimate daughter’, but also commonly translated as ‘whore’, as the implication is that  ‘illegitimate daughters’ become prostitutes] I was driving my cousin home from class. We were deadlocked in traffic, making conversation to make the time pass. He appeared, with a friend, out of the throngs of people making their way to buses, looked … Continue reading

Of Legends Unknown
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Of Legends Unknown

Ibrahim El-Salahi is a world renowned artist who is virtually unknown in his own country. What a shame. This week, I had the pleasure of attending a special event commemorating the launch of his autobiography, A Fistful of Sand. I wouldn’t have known about it had it not been for my mother, who was his … Continue reading

Nas Nana*
Family

Nas Nana*

As a child, I used to have this recurring fantasy where I had a diverse make-believe family filled with exciting relatives. Most of the roles were expendable and all the actors interchangeable, but two roles were always constant: Uncle, played by Robert DeNiro; and Grandma, played by Random White Lady. Random White Lady was an … Continue reading