Aesthetics, Beauty, book reviews, Emotion, Emotions, Ethics, Friendship, General U.S. History, Heartbreak, History, Hugs, Identity, Life, Love, Philosophy, Politics, Relationships, slavery, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism

Obscuring Testimonies: Review of Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings by Annette Gordon-Reed

This is a late post and is pretty irrelevant. It’s just shameless self-promotion of my work as a scholar. This was a reaction paper for my Theories & Methods class I took in the Fall Semester of 2017. My professor praised the paper so much and I think it was also a pretty good start to a successful semester (shukarAllah)…

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Animal Rights, Animals, Cats, Comedy, Emotion, Emotions, Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, Hugs, Life, Love, Philosophy, Relationships, Stand-Up Comedy, Thoughts, Utilitarianism

How I became Abu Hurairah (Father of Kitten)

For about a year now, I’ve been a Cat owner. My fiancé and I went to Austin to go see Trevor Noah perform Stand-Up Comedy in November of 2016 and the next day, we went to San Antonio to visit my in-law’s and that’s where we met the cutest and friendliest cat ever.Anyone from San Antonio will attest that stray…

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Aesthetics, Beauty, Comedy, Emotion, Emotions, Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, Heartbreak, Hugs, Life, Love, Philosophy, Racism, Relationships, Religion, Social Justice, Stand-Up Comedy, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism

What You Know ’bout Green Eggs and [Happiness]?!

Dedicated to the great friends I’ve made this year: Tarik, Yusuf C., Moadh, Maaz, Yusuf B., Ola, Denise and Stephanie, Brian, Dylan, Kensi, Delilah, Kuba, Teri, Grant, and Jessica Thank you guys for your generosity and making this semester so memorable.  Also special thanks to Asad, Ashley, Ahmad, Krystle, Nathalie, Kyle, Vincent, and Zenoor for their close friendship and timeless…

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Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, Global Conflicts, History, India, Indo-Pak Relations, Islam, Life, Love, Natural Disasters, Pakistan, Progressivism, Relationships, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism, World Wars

Extending A Helpful Hand: Remembering Hurricane Harvey and the Monsoon Storm in South Asia

The following entry is a summary of an article from The Guardian, whose link is included below. I do not reserve the right to ownership of said article, just the words summarizing the article here. I share this with my readers in remembrance of the victims of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the victims in Pakistan, Nepal, India, and…

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Comedy, Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, Identity, Islam, Islamophobia, Life, Love, Muslims, Philosophy, Politics, Progressivism, Racism, Religion, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism, World Wars

Why I Am a Muslim

My sincere apologies for the delay in writing this. I was supposed to publish this after the end of Ramadan, but I got caught up with other things. Please excuse me and Eid Mubarak! The fact that I have to explain why I believe what I believe is really annoying. This is an issue that plagues Muslims worldwide, where we…

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Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, Gay Rights, Identity, Islam, LGTBQ Rights, Life, Love, Philosophy, Progressivism, Racism, Religion, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism

“True” Identity: An Essay on Self-Awareness & Sensitivity

Who are we? We seem to be asked this question a lot and no one knows how to properly answer and no response seems satisfactory. In the past, people would identify themselves through their last names.  “My name is So and So, son of Whatshisface” And with that form of identification, people gained an impression of you, despite their interaction and properly…

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Careers, Comedy, Heartbreak, Islam, Islamophobia, Life, Love, Movie Reviews, Muslims, Relationships, Stand-Up Comedy, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Welcoming Our New King: Review of Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”

I will be honest, I wish I could have dived more into this review but I didn’t, at the risk of giving out spoilers. When we think of the kings of comedy, we think of George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, or Bill Hicks however, Comedy has no racial boundaries. Arguably, it was Russell Peters, who broke the barrier for Brown comedians everywhere and showed that…

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Aesthetics, Beauty, Ethics, LGTBQ Rights, Life, Love, Philosophy, Progressivism, Relationships, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism

Having What It Takes: A Critique On The Aesthetics of Sexy Bodies

A few years ago I attempted to give a response on the concept of Sexism in Art. I was 20 years old, had never read a book on Feminism or Aesthetics so in retrospect, I probably should not have written what I wrote. Nevertheless, I write this essay as a revision because with the knowledge I have now, I most…

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Ethics, Friendship, Gay Rights, Islamophobia, LGTBQ Rights, Love, Middle East, Muslims, Progressivism, Racism, Religion, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism

Should Muslims Support LGTBQ?

This essay is dedicated to my friends: Dr. Andrew J. Pegoda, Trevor Boffone, and Josh Inocencio and to all the comrades in the LGTBQ Community. I also dedicate this essay to my Brothers and Sisters in Islam. Also it should go without saying, that this dedication extends as well as to those in the Muslim community who identify as Queer/Trans…

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Lazy Aesthetics: Examining Nature at Rest

For Dr. Cynthia Freeland. In January, I had a short assignment for my Aesthetics’ class where I had to talk about a photo I took that I considered beautiful in Nature. I posted the essay on my blog because I loved the picture that much and wanted to share what I wrote with my readers. For my mid-term assignment, I…

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