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Where You Should Draw The Line in a Toxic Friendship

People define friendships in a variety of ways. For some, it is given high priority, while others can’t be bothered with it. I fall into the category of the former. I believe friendships play a vital role in our lives. Thus, over the years, I’ve discovered that although at times it can be considered simple to make friends, it can also be a difficult task. An important factor in friendship, is that of responsibility. With


Islam Does Not Condemn Feminism

When I first referred to myself as a feminist amongst a group of my Muslim friends, I remember their eyes widening. However, I didn’t blame them. If a few months prior to that moment, any of my friends had called themselves a feminist, I probably would’ve scoffed at their “western” ideologies and laughed it off. Although it took me a few years, I’ve began to understand that the misconception of women in terms of feminism,


Stop Romanticizing Relationships in ’13 Reasons Why’

Disclaimer: this may include spoilers.  It’s been exactly a week since the release of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. For those who have not yet watched the show, here’s a quick summary. The show revolves around seventeen year old Hannah Baker who commits suicide. Two weeks following her death, a fellow classmate Clay Jensen receives thirteen tapes that Hannah recorded prior to her suicide. Each tape gives detailed reasons as to who played a


The Muslim Interscholastic Tournament: Empowering Teenagers One At A Time

It’s Saturday, the first day of March Break at 7:00 AM and despite the early timing, the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) is already underway. The doors of the University of Toronto’s building are packed with students rushing in and out of the building, and a feeling of exhilaration and excitement are hanging in the air. Over 850 students – whether they are Muslim or not – travelled from across Ontario to attend the 10th annual

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Gigi Hadid and Vogue Arabia: Is It Cultural Appropriation?

Everyone knows Gigi Hadid. She is known for many things but is most prominently recognized for her career in modelling. At the age of 21, Gigi Hadid has racked up over 15 international Vogue covers alone. These international covers include those from Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, and of course the infamous American Vogue. Today, another Vogue cover was added to the list, as Gigi landed the the cover of the very first Vogue Arabia magazine.

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An Open Letter To My Fifth Grade Bully

Warning: This letter addresses the theme of bullying. This is not meant to in any way romanticize or show that bullying is okay, but rather a reminder to stay strong, as one day, you will be okay.  Dear ‘Bully’, Thank you. Thank you for teaching me that pretending to be better than someone, doesn’t actually make you better. I spent so much time feeling I was inferior to you due to my weight, the pigment

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An Open Interview With Pakistani Activist Areeba Siddique

In a country like Pakistan, it is often difficult to raise your voice and have it heard. Especially, when you are a female. Nineteen year old Areeba Siddique has done so, and along with that, accumulated over 24 000 followers across her multiple platforms. She is breaking down barriers for young women all over Pakistan, and encourages them to speak up about issues they feel necessary . Areeba is not only a role-model to many

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It’s Islam, Not Izlam

Over the past few years, I feel as though Islam and Muslims have been brought more into the limelight. Sometimes for reasons of excitement such as that of Ibtihaj Muhammed being the first hijabi to compete in the Olympics, while other times, it to blame Muslims for one terrorist attack or another. Either way, with Islam being amongst one of the most popular religions in the world, along with being the fastest growing, personally, I

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Why I Am Not Ready To Graduate High School

Over the span of twelve years, I’ve attended school hoping and praying for the day that I could finally leave what is referenced to as a hell-hole. In comparison though, the eight years leading up to entering high-school were nothing compared to the tedious, nerve-wracking, and monotonous experience the past four years were. You know those chick-flicks where the new girl enters high-school, and despite the fact that she has fights with her friends, and


Culture and Religion: Two Completely Different Subjects

In September 2015, I left Canada to spend two and a half months in Pakistan. Those two months increased to five, to eight, until we ended up staying a whole year. Since I’ve returned home to Ontario, I’ve constantly been bombarded with questions as to how Pakistan was, and how I felt about staying for such a long period of time. Each time, I reply with the same answer. “It was an amazing experience. Very

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