Khanversations

Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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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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Ramadan’s last ten nights…

are upon me, and although I haven’t done much ‘writing’, not physically anyway, I’ve been rereading the Quran, immersing myself in the language that has basically defined my life. It was first revealed in Ramadan, and Ramadan is always a good time to recharge, reacquaint myself with its message. I’ve realized that much of my […]

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Dealing with heartache…

Just days after they laid Muhammad Ali to rest, a 29 year old American named Omar Mateen shot up a gay nightclub killing 49 people. How could anyone do such a thing??? Just when things are getting calm, something like this happens. I try not to think of it because whenever I do, tears well […]

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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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Sometimes when you’re conducting storytelling workshops,  you might encounter children who are really really reluctant to get up in front of others and speak. And yet, public speaking is such an important life skill to have! I really dislike it when they insist on reading their stories or even having the paper version near by. […]

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Underestimating children…

It’s funny how many adults and educators assume that children only want to laugh. They only want to have fun. I did too. When I first began school presentations I assumed that the funny stories would be the ones that would reach the children the best. That perhaps I’d have to coax them into being […]

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Call backs…

Sometimes I look back over the places I’ve been and the conferences and festivals I’ve had the privilege of attending and I get a bit nostalgic. Singapore, Mexico, Iran, Pakistan, India, Denmark, Sharjah, Italy! The list goes on! Wow! I’ve really been a LOT of places! I remember the trips so fondly! Although at the […]

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