Why I Run the UNRWA DC GAZA 5K…Take 4…

Today I ran in the GAZA 5K in Washington, DC! It was a privilege to be participating my 4th consecutive year in the DC run. Similar to the previous years, it was a beautiful experience. There were about 500 runners that raised over $160,000 for this critical cause! The Gaza 5K raises funds for community Read More

Surviving and Conquering Hate: Reflections on Arjun Sethi’s “American Hate”

“Speaking out is the most basic and vital form of resistance.” – Arjun Singh Sethi I spent some time reflecting on Arjun Sethi’s “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out,” which was published over a month ago. I also had the opportunity to hear Arjun speak about his book at the Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, Read More

Addressing Mental Health Stigma in Academia

This topic warrants more time, research, and reflection, but I want to begin sharing my initial reflections here, due to some recent experiences. I’ve been baffled by the irony of mental health stigma in our communities. Especially in my locality for the past 9 years. Washington, DC has probably some of the most “depressed”  or Read More

Islam and Mental Health: Fighting Stigma while Embracing God…

I’m no scholar of Islam. Although there was a time where I lived and breathed and walked and talked and drank and ate this religion (stealing Yusuf Islam’s words 😊 ) and a time that my greatest dream was to be a scholar of Human Rights in Islam. Dreams change, and sometimes they have to…. Read More

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

I had these shoes for nearly five years, come this summer…. I got them during my medical leave that year, a few months after I attempted to take my life and landed myself in a psych ward of a hospital. The shoes became an integral part of my “survival routine,” since then. They have been Read More

The Purple Earrings

This morning, I had a severe panic attack because I could not find my favorite purple earrings. 🙂 But of course,  as you could guess, it wasn’t just about the earrings. So I figured I’d take this as an opportunity to reflect. For those who struggle with clinical depression, OCD or anxiety, or the related, Read More

The Silence Will Kill Us

“In the end we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are trained in our society to hide our pain and compress our fears. We are conditioned to share our happiness with everyone, yet keep our sorrow to ourselves, locked up Read More