My New Patheos Blog! (Farah here)

Hey everyone, I got my own Patheos blog a few weeks back, so if you liked the writing I did for Kaveh’s blog, you should start following my new blog The Blameless Sky And I am so, so very excited that I have my own individual platform now! I haven’t made that many blog posts [Read More…]


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Let me tell you a story about Mangoes.

There was a little girl named Sophiya whose love for mangoes pretty much preceded her love for chocolates and ice-cream and all other things little kids love. The mangoes made hot summers worth waiting for in Pakistan. She knew she was ever so lucky to have access to some of the most delicious mangoes in [Read More…]


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Liberals Should Stop Talking About Boycotting the Alt-Right (Whether For or Against)

Note: I wrote this three days ago, but couldn’t post it. It’s slightly out of date. I have added two updates in the end. I’m sure that you all have heard this controversy a few times already. Whether people were angry at Trevor Noah for inviting Tomi Lahren or at Bill Maher for inviting Milo [Read More…]


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Male Gaze: Within religious and progressive contexts.

Our Islamic studies teacher at school would tell us, “Women must always cover their chest, and men must always lower their gaze.” I believe that instruction for men was merely my teacher’s way of making the rules of modesty look equal for both men and women (when they really aren’t). In any case, the whole [Read More…]


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The traces of religion that always stay with you.

I believed in heaven and hell even after I had stopped believing in god and religion. It wasn’t this strong, righteous, assertive belief but in some small subconscious way, I continued to believe in heaven and hell. I believed in hell much more so than heaven. Or perhaps, you could say that the fear of [Read More…]


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Ex-Muslim Rites Of Passage: Eating That Bacon

I had bacon for the first time ever, more than three years ago. It was a crisp Summer day. It was with my then-boyfriend. At Milestones. In a burger. And was that burger fucking delicious or what. It wasn’t planned, just so you know. It wasn’t like I told my ex to take me to [Read More…]


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My interview with Trav Mamone: On Leaving Islam

Hello there, people! I hope you all are doing well. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Trav Mamone on their Bi Any Means podcast. It was actually my first interview so I was kind of shy and nervous. I apologize for the weird audio quality on my end, but you can [Read More…]


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When marriage is a legal sex license.

In South Asian Muslim communities, marriage is what ultimately makes a couple’s love legitimate in the eyes of society. And I mean this in the most literal sense possible. No one will question you, no one will label you a “whore” for having sex in a relationship that has NOT been religiously sanctioned. You’re the [Read More…]


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A coffee date between a Muslim and an Ex-Muslim.

It was a rainy March night, or April? I forget. Pretty sure it was 2012. Me, and a bunch of other people, were standing at the bus stop outside my college. The bus had been delayed 20 minutes or so. I had no umbrella to keep me from being soaked in the rain, the rain [Read More…]


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Wear the heck out of that safety pin.

Yes, wear the heck out of that safety pin. BUT don’t treat it as a means to an end. Wearing the safety pin is not enough but it is appreciated. No symbolic act of solidarity is ever enough in and of itself. But symbolic solidarity is important and often has led to concrete, real action. [Read More…]


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