Pakistanis are the largest Muslim community in Silicon Valley and have the highest household incomes of all Muslim ethnicities, yet are under-represented in entrepreneurship there. It seems we shun the business of dreams even in the land where dreams come true.
When dealing with religious communities, it can be tough at times to grow. Many of us have our own struggles, but we find ourselves being defined not by what it is that we are doing well, but mostly by what it is that we are failing to do.
Muslims today find themselves in a place where our narrative is being told by others. Many equate a normative understanding of Islam to something that is radical in its nature. Most of time we find ourselves reactively saying what we are not.
Fasting brings with it a heightened level of introspection and it seems that each year I learn so much about who I actually am and what I am capable of doing and staying away from. It also seems like once the month is over, I forget a lot of what I learned.
One of the most enjoyable experiences in South Florida is attending the Friday prayer services. You get a real snapshot of how diverse our community really is. It's like attending a meeting at the United Nations.
Knowing one another means beyond simple acquaintanceship -- you need to know people deeply. People go through some real tough things and even if it doesn't seem like it's that serious to us, pain is very subjective.