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Faiza Basharat
September 25, 2015
Professor Schulz
HIS59-Sec 11

The Amna Profile

Big, brown eyes. That’s all you could see. Draped heavily in black fabric from her head to her toes. About 5’3 walking with a trolley filled with suitcases and her son along side her. Amna Arif, a 28 year old Muslim female at the airport in 1997 waiting for her husband to pick her up.
Finally being able to reunite with her husband after five years of marriage. Amna had to stay behind with relatives in Pakistan until her husband made legal documents for her to live with him in the United States of America. After coming to America Amna lived with her husband, Mohammad Arif, and her son Aahil Arif in Brooklyn, New York. They lived in a two-bedroom apartment. Mohammad earned well being a carpet salesman in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. They got along with all their neighbors. They shared the same daily responsibilities as all Americans around them.
Amna was born and raised in Pakistan. She lived in and around a Muslim community her entire life, she was not accustomed to the diversity or the multicultural environment in New York. Fortunately she completed some college course work and understood and spoke Basic English. Before migrating to America, she lived with her parents and relatives nearby where family always accompanied her back home. She always had friends over that spoke the same language, dressed the same way and shared similar beliefs. Amna later got married to Mohammad in 1992. Mohammad visited her twice within the five-year time span to make his wife’s legal documents.
Moving to New York was a drastic change for her. There were no friends, no family or relatives, and no one she could talk to while Aahil was at school and Mohammad was at work, she said, “I couldn’t wait for Aahil to be home from school, I would’ve gone crazy being alone for so long”. Amna got…...

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