Zahra Saylawala

Zahra Saylawala
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Zahra is received a dual degree in Criminology, Law, and Justice and Mathematics & Computer Science at The University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to Urdu, she is also fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, and Arabic. She has spent time abroad including Yemen where she worked at a hospital and taught English at a local school. Zahra works at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at UIC and is the Chicago City Lead for Pakathon. Her interests include traveling, cooking, and playing sports.

Do You Know Where Your Ramadan Dates Come From?

It’s just past 8:15PM and I can hear the oil on the stovetop simmer as my mother begins preparing our meal for this evening. I am standing near the window waiting anxiously for the sun to set. Before I go to wash up for Magrib, the evening prayer, I take out dates for each one of us to break...

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