Browsing All Posts filed under »Published«

Motherhood’s Little Known Secret

June 9, 2015

0

While it may be considered normal to be overwhelmed at first with the physical, mental, and emotion baggage that comes with having a baby, it is important to be able distinguish between ‘just baby blues’ and PPD. Postpartum Depression is real, and this melancholia is often suffered silently for fear of shame or being deemed inadequate as a mother. If these women aren’t encouraged to come forward and have their struggles validated, the delay or even absence of treatment can affect not just the mother, but potentially the health of her baby as well.

The Double Standards of Western Liberalism and the True Freedom of Faith

February 1, 2015

0

Despite the unpopularity of religion in the intellectual sphere, a new philosophy with sacred principles has seeped its way into this primarily ideological community.

Anti-Muslim Violence Escalates in Sri Lanka

June 17, 2014

0

As written for MuslimMatters (June 17, 2014) Riots broke out in the coastal Sri Lankan town of Aluthgama yesterday in an escalation of Muslim targeted violence that many Sri Lankans fear would intensify into a resemblance of the incidents of Black July – the anti-Tamil lawlessness of July 1983 which was said to have ignited […]

A librarian for the pages of history

June 12, 2014

0

Laurens Hesselink has made it his life’s work to preserve priceless ancient books and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century As written for Gulf News (June 12, 2014) Looking after what was quite possibly the most valuable stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, was renowned antiquarian Laurens Hesselink and owner of Antiquariaat […]

French explorer Gibran Hasnaoui globe-Trots to combat Anti-Islam sentiment

April 15, 2014

0

As written for The National (April 15, 2014) When the French national Gibran Hasnaoui first landed in the UAE in 2010, he had no idea that the next two years would send him in a direction he could never have fathomed. Although born into Islam, Hasnaoui never felt a connection with God – or his […]

Loss and Laughter in Dubai’s Labour Camps

March 1, 2014

0

As written for The Platform (March 01, 2014) Mahmoud Kaabour explains how his new docu-film, Champ of the Camp, delves deeply into Dubai’s notorious camps to expose feelings of pain and yearning  We just separated only yesterday But how will I live in this condition for ages Death didn’t come, but why have your memories come Oh long […]

The Trials of Ease – Reflections of a Forehead Well-Traveled

February 3, 2014

0

As written for MuslimMatters (February 03, 2014) In Ramaḍān, from the balcony of my flat in the United Arab Emirates, I can hear the boom of a cannon fired from a few kilometres away signalling the end of a day’s fast. Following immediately is the call to the Maghrib prayer – 3 different adhāns in […]

Must Wedding Bells Go Ka-Ching? -A Muslim Perspective On The Wedding Industry

November 20, 2013

2

As written for Muslim Matters (November 20, 2013) When it was confirmed that I was to be married and the dates for the event set, family members went into a flurried pseudo-state of panic and anticipation. We have a wedding to plan! The dress! The venue! The guest list! The frenzy that ensued soon began to seep […]

Ramadan Musings

July 28, 2013

1

As written for Yahoo! Maktoob (July 24, 2013) To anyone looking to truly appreciate Ramadan, I would say: put on those blinders. Block out the clichéd crescent-themed commercialism lacing the highways – the hawking of seasonal sugar syrups competing with the peddling of fast food all-you-can-eats. Ignore the ostentatious Ramadan tents and the allure of their […]

Dubai’s Reading Cafes

May 14, 2013

0

As written for The National, UAE (May 14, 2013) Another fun round-up for the lit lot. At a time when a true appreciation of literature is seemingly on the demise, thanks to the doomsayer-esque allure of technology and its de-romanticisation of the written word, Dubai seems to be witnessing a sudden revivalist surge in the promotion of […]

Anti-Muslim Bigotry on the Island: Sri Lankan Muslims in the Face of a New Civil War?

February 11, 2013

0

As written for Muslim Matters (February 11, 2013) The island nation of Sri Lanka celebrated its 65th Independence Day on the 4th of February amidst conflicting emotions. Although no stranger to tourism brochures as the idyllic holiday getaway, this teardrop isle has also had its fair share of the spotlight in making international headlines – there was the incapacitating […]