“Having control over the basic aspects of my life is still something I find difficult to accept and believe. But at last the world is my oyster and I can follow my dreams.”
"In Egypt I regularly spoke about liberalism, human rights, equality, child rights, LGBT rights, and more. Since arriving in America, I have been able to continuously witness the living, breathing applications of these values."
"In my two-week journey I met pilgrims who were dogmatically going through the motions and others who were busy finding mistakes in what others were doing and going out of their way to educate everyone on the “right way” of being a Muslim."
"It was really difficult to grow up as a refugee, in addition to being fatherless. I keenly remember Parents Day, which was celebrated in my elementary school. I remained standing alone and lost. It was a cruel holiday."
"As a young, single tribal woman, I was pretty low in that pecking order, virtually invisible, and disenfranchised. Like most women, I was at the mercy and whims of the patriarchs who are, by law, responsible for me and my welfare."
"Thus I grew up amidst this clash of modernization versus conservatism, old versus new, religion verses ego. My presentations taught me much about my fellow Americans, much about myself, and much about the world we live in today."
"My musical journey is also, in a way, my American journey. Perhaps it is a story that is not possible in any other place but here."
"The morning of September 11th, my bell rang and a fellow foreign student came over to tell me about the unthinkable. American society, the perception of Muslims living within America and elsewhere… everything changed that day."
"The foster care system had no idea on what to do with a child like me. I was probably the first case they ever had where I was a child bride."
"We're in a dark and long tunnel, but our vision should remain focused on the light at the end: the light of freedom and pursuit of happiness."
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