Sabr صَبْرٌ: Islamic virtue of patience and endurance
شكر: Thankfulness and gratitude, closely interlinked with sabr

I want this blog to be a platform for me to be loud, to own the messy details of my lifelong struggle to decide what it means to be a minority woman of two very different cultures. I have spent too much time feeling not brown enough, not Muslim enough, but not enough time focusing on my ability to mold my own definitions. I want to unearth and celebrate the diverse cultural and ethnic elements of self-love that manifest in beauty, art, and religion. I want to celebrate the spectacular people of color who demonstrate that identity is a deeply personal yet deeply political triumph.


Student of English (& Psychology) at University of Massachusetts Boston, Previously Arts & Lifestyle editor of The Mass Media.