Tag Archive for Creative Writing

“Being Unapologetically Muslim-American and Proud,” Published at This is Worldtown

My personal essay has been republished by This is Worldtown under the title, “Being Unapologetically Muslim-American and Proud,” on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017!  My essay was originally published by Angels Flight ∙ literary west under the title, “Unapologetically Muslim-American and Proud,” on Friday, January 13, 2017.  I am very excited that my essay now has two homes. If you didn’t get a chance to… Read more →

House of Palestine – Annual Lawn Program 2015

House of Palestine – Annual Lawn Program 2015 International Cottages in Balboa Park, San Diego August 23, 2015   It was a beautiful event filled with history, traditions, delicious food, folkloric Dabke dances, a vibrant fashion show with traditional Thobes with special embroidery representing each city in Palestine, and timeless culture. It was definitely a special event that is not… Read more →

The Unexpected Has Been Kicking My Ass… but Failing to Keep Me Down

“Wow! The craziest things always happen to you, don’t they?” She shakes her head, as if I purposely run after the crazy moments that fill my life. “Yeah, SubhanAllah. I’m just always surrounded by…” I try to think of the right word to describe what I have thought were normal occurrences. “Adventure. No wonder you’re a writer. You always have… Read more →

The Misadventures of a Lost Hijabi in Brooklyn

Seeking adventure? Love getting lost in new cities?? If you need advice or tips on “how to best get lost on the subway system and wander into shady neighborhoods only to find yourself in the boonies terrified for your life” I’m your girl! Worried that you have always had a great sense of direction? No worries! I’m here to change… Read more →

San Diegan in the City that Never Sleeps

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud “You believe you haven’t been doing well for so long? You think you won’t find anything for you here?” I knew that look. He wanted a straight answer, no appeasing him and mama about how I have been faring after grad school.… Read more →

My Father: The Strongest Man in My Life

I say this all the time, but never enough times: I love my parents. They are my number one supporters and will always be my role models and friends. I talk about my mom a lot. All my friends know my mother and have expressed to me how much they love her. Growing up, my mother was never just a… Read more →

Zaatar & Labne Time! (Aka Middle Eastern Peanut Butter Jelly Time!)

“Haneen?” My friend stares at my lunch. “Yea?” I respond between bites. “Umm, what are you eating?” The look on her face tells me she’s both intrigued and slightly worried. I look down at the pita bread wrap in my hands. The paper towel holding it together is soaked with virgin olive oil and the green stuff my friend is… Read more →