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Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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I’m being called a pioneer…

The first time I heard the term, I felt quite flattered. Me? A pioneer? It was said by a recently published Muslim author I had connected with. Then I heard it again by another published Muslim author, and another. And then, I don’t know, it doesn’t sound so cute. Oh I get it. They’re saying […]

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Drowning in information…

Omigosh, writing this blog post is almost a sort of relief. Child’s play. A chance to unwind after weeks of incredible information overload. I’ve been in meetings and immersed in research a story I’m writing for an educational publisher, and I honestly feel like I’m drowning. It’s very humbling. There’s so much information out there […]

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when it becomes too depressing is not only wise, it’s prudent. We have such limited time on this earth. You have to pick and choose your battles. And yet writing this is giving myself the advice I need reminding of. Foolishly I started watching the Republican National Convention footage. Watching all these white people’s faces […]

Creative caving or simply being practical?

Not sure. But I’ve been thinking of Neil Gaiman quite a bit for the last few days. He’s the author of Coraline and is really good at writing creepy stories. I read his Graveyard Book and although it’s nowhere near as good as Coraline, it is kind of interesting and the fact that I finished […]

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I don’t usually get very ‘religious’ on my blog, ironically it seems to be ‘bad form’, but I think I want to talk about what faith is actually good for. Yesterday was July 7th and I happened across a very infamous video of Philando Castile’s girlfriend documenting his shooting and eventual death as her four […]

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As the world goes crazy…

take a deep breath and carry on, and remember that all this too is within God’s plan. It has been confirmed that Eid will be on Wednesday July 6th insha Allah, so a few hours of this fast and one more to go. Just heard the news that there was a suicide bomber at the […]

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Oh Beautiful Ramadan!

The Prophet (peace be upon him) had encouraged Muslims to welcome this sacred ninth month of the Muslim calendar! Welcome it because during this month the doors of heaven are opened and the doors of hell are closed and all the shayateen (devils) are chained up and have no power to influence us. It is […]

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Especially when things are really funny! Like when you had a chip on your shoulder and you made a terrible mistake, a faux pas, and then life has a way of circling around back at you, as if to nod and say, “It’s okay.” That’s what happened to me today. About twenty years ago, when […]

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Judging an audience…

Thing about this field is that I’m ALWAYS learning things! Just when I think I’ve kind of figured things out, I will go ahead and learn something new. Like just a few days ago, I did two afternoon presentations. I thought afternoon presentations would be easier. I’m starting to get anxiety when I have to […]

Intersectionality…

Never heard of this concept until I spoke to someone in the biz and she mentioned it and then I looked it up. It’s a feminist term that basically articulates the nagging feeling of condescension that many women of color feel from our white feminist colleagues. It’s the feeling that the only way they would […]

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