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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Emotions, Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, General U.S. History, History, Identity, Life, Philosophy, Racism, Thoughts, Utilitarianism

Cortes, Diaz, and Emotions: Comparing Texts for Feelings & Legitimacy

I did an essay a year or so ago for my Senior Seminar History class and I decided to revise, edit and post it here. This is my contribution to the History of Emotions. Determining the ethics of actions taken by humans is a challenge and narrowing it down to intentions, helps it seem less complex. Judging the intentions of…

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Aesthetics, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Comedy, Ethics, Existentialism, General U.S. History, Global Conflicts, History, Identity, Life, Palestine, Philosophy, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism, World Wars

Does History ACTUALLY Repeat Itself?

This essay was inspired by my beautiful and supportive fiancé, Emily. A couple days ago, my lady was in town and she told me she heard this quote on NPR and was curious what my response on it would be. In all honesty, I tried looking for the quote albeit not very vigorously so you’ll have to bear with the…

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Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, Global Conflicts, History, Identity, India, Indo-Pak Relations, Islam, Islamophobia, Kashmir, Muslims, Pakistan, Politics, Progressivism, Racism, Relationships, Religion, Social Justice, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism, World Wars

Will there ever be peace between India & Pakistan?

Pakistan Zindabad! Hindustan Zindabad! Azad Kashmir! (Pakistan Live Long! India Live Long! Free Kashmir!)  Today marks the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence from India. And tomorrow, will be the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence from Britain. Strangely, we cannot celebrate the two events together. Just ask bollywood playback singer, Mika Singh. Poor guy had the purest intentions to have Pakistanis…

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Comedy, Ethics, Existentialism, Friendship, General U.S. History, Global Conflicts, History, Identity, Life, Philosophy, Politics, Progressivism, Racism, Religion, slavery, Social Justice, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism

Loyalty and Slavery, Is there a Difference?

This is such a broad question to ask, of whether or not loyalty to something signifies that one is subservient in the ideological sense. If I am going to swear my allegiance to my country, does this mean I am forbidden from criticizing it? If I were to do so, does that mean my status as a “loyal citizen” is…

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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, General U.S. History, Global Conflicts, History, Identity, Life, Military History, Philosophy, Politics, Racism, Thoughts, Uncategorized, World Wars

Silent History: A Review/Explanation of An Inspiring & Impacting Book

The following essay was written for a scholarship that I applied to. The prompt was to write on a book that inspired and/or has impacted my interest in studying History. This was not a difficult question because, though there have been many books, essays, and lectures from professors that have been positively influential to me, the foundation of what inspired…

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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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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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Comedy, Ethics, LGTBQ Rights, Life, Love, Philosophy, Progressivism, Racism, Relationships, Thoughts, Uncategorized

“Go %&*@ Yourself”

Dedicated to my nephew, Gabriel. Thank you for your patience.  In the short years that I have been an adult in this life, I have noticed that it is not uncommon to see people you utterly dislike so much that you just wish that they would stop breathing. This is hyperbolic speaking of course, but it is still true, for…

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