“I am strong proponent for education. Having witnessed first hand the cyclical effects of illiteracy, I truly believe in the healing power of education to solve even the deepest of social ills. This is why I am at university” Fariha told me as we did our photoshoot at University of Toronto. Fariha is a 21 year old Political Science and Diaspora and Transnational Studies Student. Fariha loves trying new things and nothing makes her laugh more than late nights with her friends giggling over whatever and cat videos get her every time. When I asked Fariha if she feels like she is visibly muslim she responded, “Not necessarily. Society tends to perceive Muslim women as wearing a hijab. Its important to know that I have a profound respect for my Muslim sisters who choose wear a hijab and hope that, one day, I too will join them.” Fariha is a people-oriented person who thrives in social environments and a strong believer in the fact that what comes around goes around. “As long as you treat all people with love and respect, the same will return to you. I don’t care what religious views you have, being a good person is homogenous.”
What is your favourite hobby or pastime?
I don’t necessarily have a hobby. I suppose my favourite pastime is trying new things. Growing up in such a diverse environment has made me constantly curious about the world. I have had the opportunity to travel throughout my life for which I will be eternally grateful.
Where is your favourite place to find yourself?
Home. Whether that is here, Dubai or Karachi, coming home reminds of my culture, my religion and who I am. Nothing helps me find myself better than going to the places that made me who I am.
What is most important to you?
Being happy with myself and who I am. Self-doubt is toxic.