Who are you?
Who am I? Well, what might be more useful to you is not who I am, but why I do what I do.
I’m interested in social justice, people, and power. I believe that systems of oppression should be interrogated, challenged and dismantled, and am constantly looking for how to do this to the best of my ability. I believe in Islam, and the ethics of transformative justice that I believe it espouses. I hold myself accountable to these standards, and believe that one day Allah will too. I write because I know not what else to do, the craft has been a constant in my life since I was before double-digit-years-old. I ran away from writing, from the truth it demanded of me, for many a year. I hid in Formula One, on oil rigs, on TV. Alas. One can only outrun what is written for them for so long.
So, here I am. Writing, in one form or another. Here, I give myself the space (for now) to write outside the bounds of commission, deadline, brief. I am curious to see how it’ll pan out, what it means to share one’s thoughts in long form again on one’s own terms, without second guessing every sentence, victim to hyper-vigilance wrought by trauma. Indeed, the fall will probably come again. But, I guess that’s the point of picking yourself back up, right?
You can find out more about me here: yassminam.com. In the meantime, if you enjoy what I write, or find something resonates, please tell a friend, and then tell me. It’s lonely out here…