In summer, I packed my things into my small Civic that still had the new car smell. I packed my Harry Potter books and all of my dresses with cardigans. I packed my favorite hairbrush, my toothbrush, my five pairs of shoes. They were my only tools for the year to come. * For orientation I laid out an outfit the night before and woke up early to straighten my hair. * In September, I found out...
I really wanted to write a legitimate modern tragedy — I wanted to write a play...– Ayad Akhtar, Pakistani-American writer, wins the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in the Drama category.
Iran quake leaves scores dead →
mehreenkasana: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes southeastern Iran near border with Pakistan, killing at least 45 people. Casualties on both sides of the borders in mostly rural areas.
Well it’s all a competition, I say, It’s all a competition whether I’d like for it to be or not, you know. That last part is more true, because I’d much rather it not be a competition at all - that we could all be honored and decorated - but honor and decoration seldom work that way. Competition against who, though? He asks me. Against whom. Yeah, yeah, against whom....
alimaxo: “Forever Alone” translated to Punjabi/Hindi is “Hamesha Akela”. But when translated back to English it could become “Forever a Banana”
People who make fun of desi accents and call desi men “smelly” but wear bindis and parandis on Instagram.
HUNGARY IS NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY →
mhektath: biggadjeworld: Hungary is now a totalitarian state largely run by neo-Nazis. Rromani & Jews have been screaming their lungs out over the last two years. Canada & W. European countries have been repatriating Rromani refugees back to Hungary over the last several years. They said it’s “not that bad”. They said our lives weren’t in any “real danger”. We saw this coming.. now,...
Let’s play this game called how much weight can I gain before my sister’s engagement party on Saturday. Update: I’m winning.
Uh, can people stop telling me shit like, “your name is really beautiful”? Yeah, dude, it’s just my name. It would sound weird if I said it to you, because your name is Danny or Tom or whatever. So don’t say weird stuff like that because it creeps me out.
microaggressions: My most recent experience with a microaggressive act was in the supermarket checkout line yesterday. I was behind two white males. In the line next to us was a female dressed in a hijab. The young man in front of me proceeded to comment, in a voice loud enough so I could hear it, that the store must have bombs planted in it now. I’ve heard this too many times - in...
More and more and more. We talk about violence as though it affects everyone and not just some. We talk about violence as if it is perpetrated by no one - as if we are all the victims.
locksandglasses: everything’s all fun and games until you have to make a fucking works cited page.
Identifying as a person of color in solidarity with other people of color says...– - Janani, Assistant Editor, Black Girl Dangerous. Read the whole thing here. (via filnana) “How do we, as politicized people of color, acknowledge the very limits of the term ‘people of color’ and the way it can mask our actual racial situations? For example, why do we keep using the phrase...
My insistence that face-to-face interaction was the only true activism then...– Wrote this at The Interfaith Observer. Will probably write more soon on which Tumblrs I follow and recommend for interfaith-y things.
In 1846, Britain annexed the vale of Kashmir, fabled paradise of beauty, and...– an excerpt from Migritude by Shailja Patel (via nomadmanifesto)
When people talk about “safe neighborhoods”, they mean neighborhoods where it is safe to be white. In those neighborhoods, it is not safe to be not white. Ask the mosque in the western suburbs of Chicago - the whitest of the white neighborhoods - which after 2001 had shit thrown at it on a weekly basis and penises graffitied on it and the words “Get out of our country” and...
Oh my God, why is every faculty made up of white people? In South Asian Religion, Literature, Language, and Culture programs? Gah, I would feel so much better reaching out to a professor who is brown like me so they can understand why I can understand Punjabi perfectly but am awful speaking it. And also why I can read in Arabic and not have any idea what I’m saying (which will hopefully...
Researching PhD programs is scary business. I’m definitely hoping I land a job in 2014, and can spend some time not thinking about school.
Two years today for Syria. 70,000+ gone forever.
I’m simply saying that life, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uhhh, uh, uh, uh,...– Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park (via alcheming)
“Dating is practice - dating is you learning who you are in the context of another person.” A mentor in high school told me that as a way to tell me that what she perceived as the “Muslim” practice of arranged marriages, or any derivation thereof, is backwards, unrealistic, hopeless, confused. People should date each other, people should learn who they are when they are...
My mother’s solution to the fact that she is balding is to start wearing a hijab/dupatta. Just as good of a reason as everyone else I suppose?
George never demanded a privileged role, he just uncritically accepted the role...– On the distress of the privileged? (x) Exhibit A on blog entries that MISS THE POINT OF EVERYTHING. I don’t feel sorry for the distressed privileged folks. Sorry, not sorry.
Queer Muslim Masterpost
realfakescientist: strawberreli: strawberreli: This post pretty much came about because I was asked if I had resources for Muslims who were discovering or newly coming to terms with their sexuality. I didn’t, and the poor advice I had to offer was … poor. So, I pulled up a few of the blogs I followed that are targeted towards queer Muslims, and put together this little post for you! Queer...
The live show version of me
As promised, details for the panel: Nazrah: A Muslim Woman’s Perspective Film Screening and Discussion Wednesday, March 11th 6:00 PM Ovitt Community Library in Ontario, California Listen to me and two other women speak about issues that are important for Muslim women today and our reaction to the film.
faineemae: s-a-b-r: Can you say to a Muslim that as Christians we worship the same god? The God of the Bible is far different from the god of Islam. But at the beginning of our conversation, if a Muslim wants to use the name Allah, I’ll give him room for that. Don’t fight over it at the beginning because then you don’t have any starting point. So I would say to a Muslim, “We can refer to...
assfcuker: convvertiibleballoon: faineemae: If you apologize for rapists, defend them, defend their speech by saying “it’s just a joke” then you make me very wary of you as a person and i wish i never have to come in contact with you in real life. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” ― Voltaire Just saying. voltaire said that...
faineemae: I can’t believe someone wrote this article Tumblr, you know what to do. TRIGGER WARNING BIG TIME. This is just so disgusting. I couldn’t read past the subtitles, but I’m assuming it just got worse.
Sometimes I wonder if there are ideals of 20-something-hood that 30 and 40-year-olds will project onto us. They remember their 20’s as a time when they were confused, unemployed or underemployed, unhappy, and sexually dissatisfied. The 20-somethings I know are smart, confident, social, comfortable, motivated, honest,and contemplative. I think there are certainly people who are financially...
machistado: stfupenguins: machistado: machistado: What is it going to take for someone to blow up Reddit’s servers? It’s 2013. We’re already almost two entire months in. How much longer are we going to have to wait? It’s not like we would be taking anything away from its users anyway. They can simply relocate over to Stormfront, which may actually have higher standards of moral decency....
Just got asked to be a panelist at a Women’s History Month event! For those of you in southern California, I will let you know as soon as I know more.
forwhenifeellikesharing: salaamworld: mehreenkasana: I am this close to strangling this white guy. This is me all the time, basically. WELCOME TO THE CLUB, LADIES! I believe the gif you’re looking for is: HA! This gif = my face in a meeting I was in today. It’s my “are you being serious?” plus “shut the fuck up” face.
mehreenkasana: I am this close to strangling this white guy. This is me all the time, basically.
why do you live in your body like you will be given another? as if it were...– warsan shire (via warsanshire)
When people ask me about my background
whatshouldbetchescallme: I really should just start saying this.
thisiswhiteprivilege: White privilege is being able to make a career out of talking about the oppression that people of color face, and the privileges white people get, (Tim Wise, Peggy McIntosh) when they’re doing nothing but regurgitating what People of Color have been saying since the beginning. Meanwhile, People of Color who talk about the same things get death threats, are ignored, and...