Sania the Destroyer by Mona'a Malik
Not just a Muslim, a girl, a Newfoundlander, a wrestling fanatic, nor just the child of immigrants; Sania has a voice all her own. The inciting incident of this play is a sermon, preached by Sania’s father (the imam of the local mosque), about how Halloween is haram— forbidden by Islamic law. When news of the imam’s views reach Sania’s high school, it incites Islamophobic sentiment, leaving Sania caught between protecting her father and flying under the radar at school, where she already stands out. The tension increases to the point where Sania is ostracized and her family is the victim of a hate crime. As both her father and the mayor take on the racially charged incident as a political cause, she becomes aware of their hypocrisy.
Keywords: wrestling, Muslims, teenagers, hate crime, Halloween, friendship, grief, racism, discrimination, high school, young adult, YA, mother, father, death