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Huda Z

Huda Z

In Conversation with Shaymaa Ismaeel: How to Smile in the Face of Bigotry

Shaymaa Ismaeel is a 24-year-old Muslim woman whose photo in front of a mob of Islamophobic protesters went viral last month. According to various reports, Ismaa’eel was attending a three-day conference of the Islamic Circle of North America when she walked by a group of people protesting against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Instead of getting angry, the young therapist decided on the third day of her conference that she would combat “their hatred with


Why Are Mosques in China Quietly Disappearing?

Just hours after the Notre-Dame fire in Paris, millionaires of the world were already donating towards renovating the cathedral and all the major news outlets were reporting it. Amidst this display of favoritism towards the coverage and help of the Parisian exemplar over other destroyed religious heritage sites, many people found the liberty to discuss it on online platforms, specifically Twitter and Instagram. On April 16, Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar tweeted, complaining that “The 800-year-old


Workshop on Women’s Studies Discusses Feminism, Hijab and Objectification of Women

Exploring themes as important in today’s world as feminism, the neo-liberal and radical kinds of it, capitalism and how it exploits women’s labor, a nine-day workshop was held in Qom, Iran at the University of Religions and Denominations. This program was organized by the international department of URD by the joint efforts of the Director General of the International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Mahdi Salehi and the Director of International Short Courses, Dr. Zahra Sharif.


How Prime Minister Khan Broke His Promises After His Election

It was the evening of July 25, 2018. The entire nation seemed to be so ecstatic about what they had just done, impatiently waiting for the results. It was the day of general elections and the nation was about to bring Imran Khan to power for the first time in the 22 years of his political career. The main reason behind Khan’s popularity was his eloquence. And like all the previous premieres, the glint of


The Saudi Crown Prince is Coming to Pakistan and Pakistanis Are Not Happy About It

A few months ago, the CIA released a report on the murder of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Ahmed Khashoggi, briefing that the brutal murder was conducted under the orders of the Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad Bin Salman. Ever since, the royalty has become a thorn in the eyes of journalists and humanitarians worldwide. Let’s not forget that this murderous prince is also the architect of the on-going Saudi war on Yemen and directly responsible
Mental Health

Here’s How Renderforest Is Helping Me Raise Awareness About Mental Health

There would hardly be anyone with a slight interest in psychology who wouldn’t have internally cringed at people misusing the names of mental illnesses to describe things that were anything but mental illnesses. In case you need an example, the other day I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across the Instagram stories of this slightly famous blogger, where she said that the disarray in her feed was giving her an OCD. Having experienced


What These Pakistanis Girls Wish To Do If They Were Boys For A Day Might Shock You

Some time ago in a poll on my Instagram story, I asked Pakistani girls from among my followers a simple question: what they would do if they were to be guys for 24 hours and why. The results did not shock me, and I could relate to almost all of the answers. One respondent from Rawalpindi, Rameen, said: “Get out of my house and walk around the neighborhood.” And that, very plainly, is the reality


Why I Think Pakistan Is Still Colonized After Seventy Years Of Independence

Recently, I had a few discussions about the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, with my workmates. When we Pakistanis talk about the man who got us the freedom we have today, we often forget to talk about the freedom we still do not have. A few days ago in a tweet, the prime minister of Pakistan Imran khan taunted those who criticized his poultry plan calling them “colonized minds’’ and just like that, he


Where to Spot Irony in the Attitudes of the Preachers of Human Rights

Every year, the global community celebrates December 10 as the International Human Rights Day and the week it falls on as Human Rights Week to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. However, in the identities of the powers running the countries that observe it on the official level, and other countries who are vocal about human rights in general, I find

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