Celebrating Eid at Home

My second Personal Essay for We Need Diverse Books One of the biggest honors of my writing career was working on the We Need Diverse Books blog team. My second essay for WNDB was about the first Eid under the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a comfort to express my thoughts and experiences with the WNDBContinue reading “Celebrating Eid at Home”

First Reading of “Rabbi the Rabbit!”

I had a great time reading my award-winning children’s fiction short story “Rabbi the Rabbit” at the Islamic Center of Claremont’s Community School! The kids were attentive and asked intelligent questions, like ‘who is the illustrator?’ I was nervous that the kids wouldn’t sit through the story, which is about a heavy topic, refugee children.Continue reading “First Reading of “Rabbi the Rabbit!””

NaNoWrimo Blog post: Follow the Rabbit

I’m excited and grateful that I blogged for NaNoWriMo! I love their site and have benefited from their advice, so I’m happy they responded to my ideas. I feel validated as a writer. My blog post has my tips on traditionally publishing a book, based on my experience writing and publishing my refugee story “RabbiContinue reading “NaNoWrimo Blog post: Follow the Rabbit”

Eating represses feelings, Exercise lets them go.

I’ve always been physically active; I played sports and fidgeted in my seat in class. I’m happier when I’m active. For the past few years though, in a household of TV watchers, I became couch potato chip-eater, and therefore depressed. I ignored my instinct to go outside and walk because everyone else sat inside. (ObservationContinue reading “Eating represses feelings, Exercise lets them go.”

“Rabbi the Rabbit” featured in SCBWI’s Newsletter!

It’s a pleasure being a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The members are gracious and helpful. With their feedback and encouragement, I published my short story in an anthology. That is why I am especially grateful and excited that they featured my book in their November issue of KiteContinue reading ““Rabbi the Rabbit” featured in SCBWI’s Newsletter!”

Meatless Muslims: Exploring Islam’s Tradition of Meatless Meals

As a multi-ethnic Muslim American woman, I constantly observe cultural practices and ponder their origins. I notice one practice pervading Islamic events in America – meals consist of endless rows of meat dishes, with little to no meatless option. Further, Muslims that limit eating meat (lamb, chicken, and beef) are often criticized as strange orContinue reading “Meatless Muslims: Exploring Islam’s Tradition of Meatless Meals”