Linguistic Diversity in Pakistan

By Durkhanai Growing up, Urdu reverberated throughout my household. Its melodic tones passed through my ears as I struggled to get the accent correct. I grew up not knowing that my parents actually communicated in two languages – Urdu and Punjabi. I always thought Punjabi was “slang” Urdu. This discourse was one that was not…

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A Mauritanian Celebration

By Soultana  Left cheek pressed to a warm pillow, I woke up to the absence of light outside the window facing me. It took me a little while to remember where I was because this wasn’t my room. It was a weekend which meant I was at grandma’s; it was customary for my extended family…

A Tale from the Indus

By Durkhanai  This is a tale of love and sorrow, hopefulness and melancholy, longevity and misery. There once lived a girl as beautiful as the glowing moon. Her skin rang hues of sweet brown, mimicking the earthiness that flowed through her blood. She lived in a valley high up, beyond what you can imagine, cradled…

I am from a land

By Durkhanai I am from the land of five waters. Five waters run in my veins, course through my blood. Where rice fields and Chitrali topis coexist, where melodic voices and metaphorical phrases flow through the tongue, where garments are long and loose and colorful. I am from a land of voices multiple. From a…

What is Futuwwa?

Futuwwa means chivalry or strength of character or this level of nobility that every Muslim should aspire to. It has been equated with brotherhood and freedom, virtue and youth. These qualities affirm something within ourselves that we should strive for – connectedness. Futuwwa is the bringing together of the youth, of those who aspire to…