IMG_5727Me in my element: Islamic House, Seattle near University of Washington ❤

I grew up in the Bay Area, lived in Seattle for undergrad where I became Muslim, studied abroad in India (फिर भी दिल है हिंदुस्तानी) currently a grad student in the Masters of Divinity program at University of Chicago.

The title is a brilliant invention from my dear friend. The Arabic word إيمان means “belief/faith” and is pronounced “eeman” which is why it’s called something like “Emancipation” 🙂 We discussed this title when I felt I had overcome some earlier misconceptions/misunderstandings about Islam and how I felt I came to a place of freedom through my learning about belief/faith.

One thing I am committed to is the idea of “Don’t hate, educate!” I am thankful for all my friends who stood by me, encouraging me to see things from a new perspective, and I am dedicated to paying it forward, so to speak.

Likes: God, Islam, the Quran, travel, languages (Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Arabic, Chinese, French), bright colors, sparkles, abayas, critical thinking, compassion.

Dislikes: Arrogance, patriarchy, war, exploitation, cooked spinach (bleh!), my own ignorance.

Side Note: I like to use Arabic-language dhikr in my posts such as “InshaAllah” meaning God-willing (indicating hope for a future action to take place), “Alhamdulillah” meaning All Praise is due to God (what Muslims are encouraged to say in both good times and bad), “SubhanAllah” meaning Glorious is God (used when expressing joy, amazement), “MashaAllah” meaning “God has willed it” (used to reference the beauty, goodness, etc of something), and “Astaghfirullah” meaning God forgive me (pretty straightforward 😉 ).

I also will  use a lot of Islam specific words: Islam, Muslim, Tawheed, Hadith, Quran, Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Salafi…

All original content on this blog © 2016 Kate Bridges-Lyman


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