by Rutgers University Muslim Students Association


World Through my Lens

Thoughts from my Religion Class

My thoughts during class aren’t that different than other students present in the class, because despite all our differences we are all still average students attending Rutgers University who to an extent, think of the same things. But what goes on in my mind and the minds of some other Muslims during our religion class are thoughts such as…:

1) Where did he get his information from…?

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2) The prof starts mentioning terrorists and suicide bombers and the two Muslim students go…

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3) Only knows only the ‘American version’ or meaning of jihad, aka, the “holy war,” when it’s much more than that.

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4) Emphasizes the punishments of Hell and casually laughs at it, making a few students laugh with him, without realizing that is is not a joke bruh…

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5) Reads articles and books written by Non-Muslims to teach the class about Islam…

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6) Says the shahada full on in Arabic and you go…

7) When the Professor says ‘Masha’Allah’, ‘Insha’Allah’, ‘Ar-Rahman’, ‘Ar-Raheem’ in the sweetest voice and you’re like …

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8) When the professor says that everyone should know what ‘Allahu Akbar’ means because it’s one of the most popular ‘Islamic’ terms on TV (Fox News, CNN).

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9) When the professor jokes about a ‘current day’ Muslim doctor believing in the punishment of the grave and how ‘Medieval’ and ‘backwards’ it is and you think…

10) When you learn so much about your own religion from a person who is not even a believer in that religion…

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(Quick side note: none of these are to be taken to heart or are meant to offend in any way. The point was to have some light humor. It’s the job of us Muslims to clear the misconceptions that are present in the everyday world. By having sweet behavior and simple etiquette, we can maybe win the hearts of our fellow non-Muslim peers and professors. So remember to smile and be really friendly because dawah is given everyday, no matter if we are in the classroom, office, or a restaurant!)

Beautiful Patience…

Patience is key to the doors that are yet to be opened, patience is the light that peaks through my basement window during Fajr time, patience is my drink of water that keeps me hydrated during times of emptiness.

The moments spent, the laughter shared, the tears wiped in remembrance of my beloved grandfather, all somehow end up leaving me consoling myself. The shahada when it left his dried up, blister-filled mouth because he wasn’t allowed to consume any water, was the most beautiful thing I heard.

The way he would give thanks to Allah for every bite he consumed and every sip that touched his mouth was uplifting and simply amazing. His sweet, sweet voice when he would say “Allah Allah kiya karo“, his stories of his childhood spent in India, the way he would ask for even two sips of tea, still ring through my mind and heart.

My dada, the one whom I spent my entire life with, from the city of Karachi to the state of New Jersey, is someone I am very lucky to have known.

Seeing the most serene smile on his face, when he was laying in his coffin, gave me a token of peace. Knowing that my grandfather left the world saying the shahada has kept me sane because a person who recites the shahada as his last words is surely granted Jannah. Sabrun jameela, beautiful patience has definitely shown its effects, Alhamdulillah.

To Allah we belong and to Him is our return. Welcome back Yumna to the Submissions team! —Ed.

10 Reasons Why Being a Desi American is Awesome

1) Because we get to have hugathons on Eid with people we have never even seen before!


2) Who doesn’t love to take the smell of freshly cooked home food with them to school?

3) We can get tattoos in the convenience of our homes and without an ounce of pain.

4) We have mastered the taste of spice.


5) We don’t have to worry about our shalwar (pants) going to waste, because a new comfy outfit to lounge around in is right at the tips of our fingers.

6) Relatives from overseas definitely do not come empty handed to stay at our houses for a “mini”- one month vacation.


7) By the time we’re in our twenties, we probably have like thirty different names.

8) We have Master’s degrees in the concept of deception.

9) Making chai that will earn you praise in the whole community is just one quirk of an awesome personality.


10) We know the ABC’S of Skype thanks to our amazing relatives living overseas.


(No offence intended to our lovely phupos/khalas/mamoos/chachoos in any kind of way!)

Some of these definitely aren’t desi exclusive — what are some of your favorite things about your intersectional identities? Let us know in the comments below!

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