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August 27, 2016

I am handed an interview packet about a girl I don't know. I flip through the pages and read her words about her life.


Her choice of words.

I read her name.

I try to call her name.

I know who named her, and what her name means to her and to the world...

March 9, 2016

لي فترة احتسي القهوة غصب عنِّي

لأتجنب النعاس وأدعم النشاط

حتى ارتميت على هذه الكلمات من ماضٍ ليس ببعيد

فربما احتسي قهوتي بنية التجلي بعد اليوم


يقول العلّامة أبو بكر بن أبي زيد في مؤلفه "إثارة النخوة بِحِلِّ القهوة": إنّ اشتقاق القهوة من الإقهاء، وهو الإجتواء، أي الكراهة،...

January 27, 2016

I was afraid of my return.

I was afraid of making commitments that would keep me from being, as one of the girls told me last week: “look at how stuck I am now!"

I was afraid of embarking on a few experiences, not precisely in fear of them, but perhaps in fear of people’...

This article was published on November 28, 2015, in Sand Magazine's first edition



There are as many melodies to the Qur’an as there are reciters. Yes, the Qur’an’s 600 pages and 114 chapters have specific rules that maintained a unified pronunciation of syllables...

October 31, 2015

"Imām Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī (d.505AH/1111AC), a prominent and highly respected reformer in the fifth century Hijrah, classified the maqasid into five major categories by stating that:

“The very objective of the Sharī‘ah is to promote the well-being of the people, which l...

October 26, 2015

Have I mentioned that I'm loving my new job? It's like I got Harvard back with me to Jeddah, with flexible timings, more relaxed ambiance, less deadline pressures, same music, with the same bureaucracy though.


Some food for thought on Muhammad Abduh, and the difference...

August 29, 2015

مع دقات آلة موسيقية في أذنَي، أركل رجلاي باندفاع، وأركض على ثابت لامتحرك. أشعر بعرقي يتكوم عند طيات جلدٍ رطب، على طول الرقبة وامتداد الجبهة. من أنفي تسقط قطرة لتستمر في السقوط على شفايفي. هكذا هو الجسد، مترابط. بين لفائف شعري، تتساقط قطرات من خُصَلٌ قد تبلَّلَت، وعلى ع...

August 5, 2015

تخبط الطائرة بأرجلها الأرض وتفرد جسدها على بساط أعد لاستقبالها وكأنما تقول له: ها قد عدت من جديد محملتا بناسك. وعلى أنغام بكاء أطفال في أركان الطائرة المتعددة، يصفق الكبار والصغار على وتيرة واحدة ثم تتسارع أجسادهم لملئ صفي الطائرة الضيقين استعدادا للخروج. أما أنا، فكنت...

July 20, 2015

We leave the airplane and I instantly feel the Cairo breeze as I look ahead into orange lights shaded with a blend of dust, history, and memories of honks and donkey and horse wagons, all in this air. The 25 degree temperature cools it down and I walk my way one step a...

June 26, 2015

"Urgent Departure" is the title of the 7th episode of this year's Ramadan series ‪#‎Selfie‬. After a critical episode on ISIS that shook minds as people broke their fast on the first two days of Ramadan, this one tackles the immediate and intimate friendship of two Sau...

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