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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
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“We are who we are. No one can change that. Just like we cannot change whom we love.”
Sabina Khan, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“We must be the masters of our own destinies. I did not learn that until it was too late. You have to fight to take back control of your life. Sometimes you will hurt the ones you love the most. But in the end, it will always have to be your choice.”
Sabina Khan, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“I was who I was, and I would not be erased.”
Sabina Khan, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“So what if he's gay. That is not the end of the world. Nowadays even in Bangladesh there are activists fighting for the rights of gay people. Times are changing and we have to change with them.

Meena, we cannot only think about what people will say all the time.”
Sabina Khan, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“A lethargy took over and I just wanted to sleep the time away. I stared listlessly at the ceiling, trying to remember the last time I'd felt normal, just carefree and happy. It should have frightened me but instead, I felt an intense longing to close my eyes and never open them again. It was so much easier this way. I felt nothing, no pain or yearning.”
Sabina Khan, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“I realized that this was all she ever wanted. A daughter who would follow the rules, grow up, and marry a suitable man. Who she could play dress up with, like she was now. But I was not a doll and I was not who she wanted me to be. That part hurt the most. That she would go to all these lengths to prove she was right but not even try to understand who I really was and what made me happy.”
Sabina Khan, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“You know, Rukhsana, I thought I was being a good Muslim, stopping you from committing a grave sin. But that night, I realized I was the real sinner. In the eyes of Allah, I was doing wrong. To hate someone because of who they love⁠—that is the worst thing I could do as a Muslim, as a human being, but mostly as a mother. When we found out that Sohail was killed because he was gay, I knew that Allah would never want that for anyone. And I knew that I still had the chance to make things right but it breaks my heart every day to know that it took Sohail's death to open my eyes. For that, I will never forgive myself.”
Sabina Khan, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
“Apparently, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Bengali girl of marrying age must be in want of a husband.”
Sabina Khan, The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali