BERKELEY'S NEWS • SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

Zobia Quraishi

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And while I may never amount to be anywhere near as powerful of a woman as my mother is, I do know that every good quality of mine has come from her.
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And while I may never amount to be anywhere near as powerful of a woman as my mother is, I do know that every good quality of mine has come from her.
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She looked at me as if I could somehow explain the current political state of America, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t even process what had happened.
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She looked at me as if I could somehow explain the current political state of America, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t even process what had happened.
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Excuses and fibs piled up: I was sick or I had to go to a wedding. As I grew older, this began to change, and I attempted to educate people on the traditions that I practiced, to see the beauty in the religious practices that I also saw.
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Excuses and fibs piled up: I was sick or I had to go to a wedding. As I grew older, this began to change, and I attempted to educate people on the traditions that I practiced, to see the beauty in the religious practices that I also saw.
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I am fond of these academic check-ins from family. It lets me know that there are many people vested in my education and my well-being. I am not alone.
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I am fond of these academic check-ins from family. It lets me know that there are many people vested in my education and my well-being. I am not alone.
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There is no easy answer to those questions, just as there was no easy answer for me as I navigated being a first-generation Indian American growing up.
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There is no easy answer to those questions, just as there was no easy answer for me as I navigated being a first-generation Indian American growing up.
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This was an opportunity to tell my side, my story, but afraid, I willingly stayed silent in the face of what others were saying about my faith.
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This was an opportunity to tell my side, my story, but afraid, I willingly stayed silent in the face of what others were saying about my faith.
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Even if I eluded answering questions about what faith I practiced, from my name and appearance alone, people could deduce that I was Muslim.
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Even if I eluded answering questions about what faith I practiced, from my name and appearance alone, people could deduce that I was Muslim.
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Within the confines of the walls of my mosque classroom, I could freely talk about situations and I felt comfortable to grow and learn about the world.
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Within the confines of the walls of my mosque classroom, I could freely talk about situations and I felt comfortable to grow and learn about the world.
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My mom had picked me up from school that day, and she told me that I was to miss a month of school. At 12 years old, I was receiving the opportunity to trek to the other side of the world, stay in Saudi Arabia and complete the spiritual and religious journey that is the hajj.
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My mom had picked me up from school that day, and she told me that I was to miss a month of school. At 12 years old, I was receiving the opportunity to trek to the other side of the world, stay in Saudi Arabia and complete the spiritual and religious journey that is the hajj.
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Growing up, my parents, who had raised their children in a country far from where they were born and raised, always emphasized the importance of staying connected with our roots and learning about our culture.
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Growing up, my parents, who had raised their children in a country far from where they were born and raised, always emphasized the importance of staying connected with our roots and learning about our culture.
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