“I want to be perceived as a warrior. As someone who is strong and has no fear when it comes to conquering my dreams and standing up for what I believe in.”
Zaynab is a social work student who has a plethora of hobbies. I met her when she was performing spoken word poetry and soon learned that she also loves writing, going on nature walks, reading, playing soccer, singing, and travelling. When the weather is good, she’ll take an empty journal, a good book, and headphones to her favourite spot which is a random lake she stumbled upon near her house. Zaynab’s favourite quality about herself is her ability to forgive and always put others first and it’s most important to her to contribute to something bigger than herself. When I asked Zaynab how she feels she is perceived she responded, “To others I feel as if I am perceived as someone who fades into the background, but in reality I am someone who was born to stand out. I love my Islam for giving me the ability and the honour to do so. I feel this is the biggest stereotype when it comes to Muslim women, that we are silent, unable to think for ourselves, and that we do not have our own thoughts and beliefs. The Islam that I believe in empowers all Muslims, women included, to seek knowledge and to think for themselves. It empowers us choices, choices that are embedded in honour, freedom, and respect.”
What is one thing you know for sure?
One thing I know for sure is that here is balance in everything. Without sadness we would have no happiness, without pain there would be no joy. There is beauty in everything and as humans we should embrace and accept every part of us. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
What is a fun fact you haven't told me yet?
A fun fact about myself is that I love to sing and can belly dance lol (I like to think I'm pretty good actually, learned it all in the comfort of my own home)