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What is your defining characteristic as a person?

  • My softness

What is your favorite virtue?

  • Humility; it's the highest form of human goodness

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

  • Loved ones, foggy mornings, passion, light rain in summer, mountains, seashores, sunrises, good books, lighthouses, vivid stars, cuddly animals, happy children, thunderstorms, deep conversations, good films, good tea, a warm hearth, long drives, autumn leaves, flowers, meditative walks, beaches, oceans, moonlight, scented candles, beautiful poetry, art, travel, wilderness, healing, softness, understanding, wanderlust, gratitude, tranquility, adventure, fulfillment, nights of worship, friendship, love, romance, freedom

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

  • To be held so captive by fear or doubt that you end up empty and unable to truly live

Where would you like to live?

  • Anywhere that feels like home, preferably with someone I love, clean air, and mountains nearby

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

  • Those that can be explained by a person's sufferings or experiences

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

  • Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice), Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo), Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

  • My mom, Lady Fatima (sa) & her daughters, Esmeralda, Mrs. Hopkins, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, Leymah Gbowee, Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, Syeda Ghulam Fatima, Dolly Parton

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?

  • Elizabeth Bennett (Pride & Prejudice), Danielle de Barbarac (Ever After), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Dana Scully (The X-Files) Miss Honey (Matilda), Jean Grey (X-Men)

Your favorite painter?

  • Ivan Aivazovsky, Josephine Wall, Edward Robert Hughes, Mahmoud Farshchian, Hans Zatzka, Kinuko Craft

Your favorite musician?

  • Jeff Buckley, Jhene Aiko, City & Colour, Ludovico Einaudi, David Nevue

The quality you most admire in a man?

  • Passion, depth, sensitivity

The quality you most admire in a woman?

  • Sincerity, self-respect, kindness

Your favorite occupation?

  • Traveling, learning, writing, reading, cooking, painting, hiking, stargazing, working out

Who would you have liked to be?

  • Something meaningful to someone; a healer

What do you most appreciate about your friends?

  • Their willingness to accept me as I am, their continued patience with my flaws, & how pure-hearted & understanding they are

What is your principle defect?

  • I'm extremely introverted, flighty, and terrible at keeping in touch, no matter how much I love someone. I'm also prone to mysterious bouts of sadness that cause me to isolate myself from the world sometimes.

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?

  • To waste one's entire life catering to societal expectations... To submit to any form of mental or emotional imprisonment... To lose sight of one's most cherished values & never regain that understanding... To be spiritually barren... To die without experiencing love

What would you like to be?

  • Free to learn, travel, love, & seek

What is your favorite color?

  • Ocean blue

What is your favorite flower?

  • Jasmine, lily, peony, rose, orchid, iris, lavender, lilac

What is your favorite bird?

  • Blue jay, robin, lovebird, & dove

Who are your favorite prose writers?

  • I'm not well-read enough to have definite faves, but I love Kurt Vonnegut & Jane Austen

Who are your favorite poets?

  • Rilke and Hafez are my top two, always. Also Rumi, Darwish, Pessoa, Neruda, Borges, Gibran, Iqbal, Qabbani, Prather... I'm a poetry fiend

Who are your heroes in real life?

  • the household of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them), Lao Tzu, my late grandfather, Allamah Tabatabai, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, St Francis of Assisi, John Muir, Mr Rogers, Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald, John Brown, Ralph Nader, Chief Sitting Bull, Nikola Tesla, Romeo Dallaire, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Carl Sagan, Bernie Sanders

What are your favorite names?

  • Safia, Layla, Fatima, Idris, Ali, Khalil, Kadhim

What is it you most dislike?

  • Cruelty & arrogance

What historical figures do you most despise?

  • Every single imperialist, oppressor, tyrant, and abuser of power (unfortunately, there are too many to name)

What event in military history do you most admire?

  • The unwavering conviction of Imam Hussain (as) and his small band of supporters at the Battle of Karbala

What natural gift would you most like to possess?

  • The ability to heal any kind of pain or grief

How would you like to die?

  • In a state of pure God-consciousness

What is your present state of mind?

  • Restless

What is your motto?

  • What will be will be, and in some dimension, is

x r

jun 22 2012 ∞
aug 19 2018 +