May 2021 MYM Roundup!

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May the fourth be with you! Sorry, had to do it for our Star Wars fans. (Me.)

Ramadan Mubarak! Our beloved yearly guest will soon be departing, and we hope you’re having a lovely month filled with blessings, introspection, and connection to Allah, His book, His messenger, and His community.

Jawaad here again! Back for another edition of our Monthly MYM Roundup. This month may be a little lighter, as the month of Ramadan brings busy-ness to us all, but we still have some fun things in store for you, on the other side of the page!

1. Your New Crew Has Assembled!

Our newest batch of writers are well into their initial 3-month cohort, and we were blessed to meet up with and get to know them more. They’re an exciting bunch of young writers with ideas and energy that reminds us of our younger, earlier days of MYM. 

Our first featured piece of the roundup comes from one of our long-time writers who’s rejoined us in this cohort, Ruqaiyya:

Two Loves by Ruqaiyya. 

In this beautiful memoir, we run from a familiar night of Ramadan, to an occasion of joy and tragedy, to just a normal day out in the town…all weaved together with a deep reflection on the “Two Loves” in our lives.

2. Building behind the scenes!

Our leadership team has been working to prepare MYM for big things ahead. Now some secrets I can’t spill, but do look forward to some virtual events coming soon, as well as some bigger publication projects from our team. Plus, we’re looking to officialize our organization and work with some great partners to grow. Okay, I think I’ve been appropriately vague enough to not get in trouble.

Speaking of trouble…

Our second featured piece directly addresses the Troubled. And the Discontent. Hopeless. Human. Welcome to:

Life Management by Iqra Asad

From Iqra Asad, this fun piece brings you into a reality in which all those pesky problems of human decision will finally be solved! Don’t believe me? Check out the piece and level up.

3. In Case You’re Feeling Lost…

The conclusion of Ramadan comes with many mixed feelings. These are the best nights of the year, but they speak to the dying light of this beautiful opportunity. It’s easy to get down on ourselves for what we haven’t done, or to feel like the experience we wanted is suddenly slipping through our fingers like sand.

To console us, I offer another of our new cohorts’ pieces, from Aabid Shivji:

Filament by Aabid Shivji

This poem is a journey that honestly really reflected a journey I’ve been having these past couple weeks. When it feels like life is darkening, and the old means you used to use to brighten things seems to be faulty, well… read the poem and have your own epiphany.

And so we must say goodbye, but worry not, young Skywalker! Star Wars, we shall keep referencing. Old, this bit is getting.

I don’t know if you get these jokes, but I just want you all to know that Yoda best! Stay tuned for what’s to come.

’Til then, 

Keep on musing…
– Jawaad

Jawaad Khan was born and raised in sunny South Florida to a family of creatives and Islamic workers. He went on to complete a film degree at the University of Miami, one year of improv classes (which he’s very proud of), and he studied Arabic and Islamic studies at various institutes in Dallas, TX, where he now resides with his wife and cat. He serves on the board and is an editor for Muslim Youth Musings. His debut collection of short stories, titled "No Old Ladies in Jannah" was published in 2023.

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