^because we all enjoy a good islamic dating meme. The topic of this post was inspired by an anonymous submission to ask hiba, if you have a situation you’re in and you’d like me to talk about, please submit and give me things to talk about! Submission: I’m in a tricky situation. I was asked out on a date by this guy (muslim) who wrote … Continue reading dating while muslim and hiding it from family
I’m so excited for this for this posttttt!!!!!!! Okay sooo….in 2018, I made possibly one of the best decisions of my life, starting a public blog. I didn’t originally intend it to become a tell-all blog about my life but somehow throughout the year, it became a place for me to bare my bruises to everyone. A cathartic and very very rewarding experience. I wouldn’t … Continue reading advice column + the future of this blog!
^last time this joke could be used ladies!1! December 31st, I was sitting across from my friend Zainab’s face. She was smaller than she usually is, smiling through my iphone screen. We both discussed our resolutions, mine was to write more for my blog and make it public. We both probably set a bunch of other tiny resolutions, now forgotten and incomplete. A year later, … Continue reading My public blog, losing friends and rumors: 2018 reflection
I want to preface this by saying, I’m generally a happy person. These are the kind of things everyone expects you to push under the rug or talk about in hushed tones and although that’s how I instinctively deal with things, I’m trying to be more open. I really didn’t think I would tell this story online. I know I’ve been pretty candid about struggles … Continue reading fake on Instagram, almost killed myself + other things I shouldn’t talk about
“THIS TOO SHALL PASS.” This is, hands down, one of my all time favorite quotes. It’s a quote that I’ve carried close to my heart for as long as I can remember, it’s one that shaped how I’ve dealt with problems and how I see the universe. It’s a tiny quote from the bible and even though I’m not Christian, I’ve made it my mantra … Continue reading This Too Shall Pass.
I grew up in a predominantly white community with white best friends. I don’t really know when I learned to become embarrassed of my heritage but it probably happened somewhere between first and third grade. Maybe it stemmed from the fact that I never had a solid group of brown friends, I had a best friend in grade school named Aleena who was Pakistani but … Continue reading How I Grew to Love My Culture
The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, commonly known as the “Baker Act,” allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this September, I baker acted myself which means I gave up my own rights and let the hospital treat me as they saw fit, even without my consent. This was one of the best decisions … Continue reading the truth about the time i was in the mental hospital
This post is mainly a rambling and slightly consists of some complaining, bear with me. November is a special time for many writers, it’s when the writing community seems to be most active, NaNoWriMo. Also known as National Novel Writing Month. It’s when authors around the world attempt to write a 50,000 page manuscript in 30 days. It’s challenging, it’s fun, and it’s something I’ve … Continue reading writer’s block + quitting nanowrimo
It took 65 million to build a single parking garage in universal studios. It took 400 million to just build Hogsmeade in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a tiny fraction of the entire part. It took so much more money to make the elaborate theme park designed to distract us from our lives. My brother is standing next to me listing off these facts … Continue reading The Importance of Empathy.
911 what’s your emergency? Could a heart actually burst with love? Lying in your arms, I find my chest ache, an indescribable feeling, For once I’m at loss for words, Mesmerized by your breaths Memorizing the moment Stillness Softly snoring I didn’t know I could love like this. Could I freeze this moment? Could I freeze this feeling? I look over in pure awe. Do … Continue reading A Letter for a Lover.
Light was streaming in through the mostly empty, half-unpacked dorm room as I sat on the generic desk with one of my best friends, Salma. She mentioned how before she even met me, she had heard my name around campus and had this idea of me in her head without ever knowing me. She expected me to be rude, condescending and cliquey when she met … Continue reading To All the Fake Friends I’ve Had
Love was meant to be Starry nights and making wishes. Candlight and silly pictures. It was meant to be a free fall, a thrill chase, it was something else entirely. Fun drinking game: take a shot every time I use the word ‘love’ in this post, you may not be able to stand, let alone love, you’ve been warned. Can you really trust your mind? … Continue reading What is love?