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Maha Monday Column: (New) Marriage counseling

At Chai Latte Diaries, a newly married woman asks what she should do when her husband won’t let her join his alone marriage-counseling sessions. On his own. By himself. Without…

I was asked: ‘Tell me about Ramadan’

  And I responded with a variation of the following. Because I talk too much. ‘Ramadan’ is the name of the month (like October or November) and the Muslim calendar,…

MahaMonday: Islamophobia Is The New Black

At Chai Latte Diaries, I am asked how to deal with the recent hate-driven executions of Yusor Mohammad, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Mustafa Mattan: The answers to…

MahaMonday: Marriage Qs

At Chai Latte Diaries, a woman asks me what she should ask him, he who is engaging her for reasons of marriage. A simple Q, in response to which I…

MahaMonday: Fiscal conservatism

Chai Latte Diaries, the question is whether to bankrupt oneself to meet a friend’s extravagant spending or not: “…understand that she is not under an obligation to “shell out more…

MahaMonday: Lonely Ramadan

At Chai Latte Diaries, I am asked how to deal with the often times challenging days of Ramadan and the loneliness they might carry within them:“Ramadan is a time of…

Maha Mondays: Virgins, divorcees, secrets & abuse

At Chai Latte Diaries, we’re discussing the secrets we might keep from our lovers: “Sometimes, while our intentions are good (to tell the truth), and while they should not illicit…

Maha Mondays: Avoiding those you’ve bedded & initiating a virtual engagement

Elle Beaver: “Do not text. Texting in such scenarios is for the kindergarten-heads. Call her, tell her you wish to see her to talk about why you have been avoiding…

#Boston

“Terrorism is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of the morally bankrupt and mentally depraved. As Muslims, we should join all civilized human beings in condemning…

Respecting one another, bridging the gap

There is a very strange inclination in the human situation; we default to exclusivity. Building bridges, mending gaps, shortening distances between ourselves is not an act most of us perform…

Dunya is the Arabic word for This World

This is the first photo taken when in 2008 we landed in Tunisia for Nizar and Sissina’s wedding. It is with my aunt, over the moon was she that her…

Vivid Dreamer Oracle

“Oracle” is what another calls me, while Blue calls me “Vivid Dreamer.” Let me start with the women in my mum’s family; we dream. I learnt very quickly to keep…

Ya Fattah, Ya Salaam

For a variety of reasons, some rooted within my messy relationship with baba during my teenage years, others rooted in painfully challenging situations with men, I often struggled with trust….

Muslim Punk — A Taqwacore Call to Prayer

This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in a very very long time. I just can not tell you how hard I love this, or the…

Roots

I recently wrote something, of which the following is a small bit. I never made it public because it felt too raw and because I was arguing with myself while…

Fathers

I was at a stop light watching a child who couldn’t have been older than four years old. She was holding on to her father’s hand and hanging, legs and…

Humanism in Islam

Within the Quran rests utter indivisibility between faith and good works. (This is a critical point in Islam, and it differentiates religion from secular humanism.) To grow within Islam, one…

The Shahada (a simple thought)

As with the months of Ramadan past, I usually take this time to focus on faith matters. To present a slight logic to the ordering of what I will post, I…

“As long as we got each other…” (sic)

Dear Kirk Cameron, My infantile crush was on the cartoon character Orion Quest of Grendizer. On occasion, I find myself still humming the show’s tune, and would today argue that…

Radicalization of Islam in America

I am pretty sure I am in love with this man. Please watch and learn and think and share… Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit…

Muslims & Christians in Egypt

I can count the number of times I have posted emails from readers, but this is one well worth it. “Hi Maha, I am Ri7am and I always read your…

Spreading Love In Place of Hatred

9 / 11 has become Burn A Qur’an Day. On that same day, and while folks are committing this act, I will be posting instead a message about interfaith dialogue,…

Islam / America

Dear Keith Olbermann – Will you marry me? Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the…

God fathers amputating flowers in a heatwave

.1. A few weeks back, D told me that my m.o. is to cut. Her exact words were “You’re a cutter. You amputate. Someone fucks around, they’re gone and you’re…

“Terrorism = Haraam” (Ameen, brother!)

Love this. Love him. Thank him. Watch. Think. Learn. Share. Thank you. Comments closed. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about…

Belated Eid Mubarak (& a screw you, Muslims, Swiss style)

Welcome to Switzerland circa 1532, where racism and ignorance reign supreme. I am so happy that we have come so far in our understanding and intelligence. Degenerate fkn a**holes each…

Dear Phil Hartling (at Rogers Cable Inc.):

Hi! How are you? My father and uncle received the letter (photographed here) from Rogers Cable Inc., detailing your special offers specific to the Muslim celebration of Eid. I don’t…

Spiritual Fatigue

Usually, Ramadan is a more-heightened-than-normal-life experience. Last year was the first year I had an exceptional Ramadan. I woke up every morning before sunrise and had a small bite to…

Day no.2, Ramadan

“…and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have…

On the 1st day of Ramadan

O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for God, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart…

Ramadan Kareem

May this month bring you much peace into your hearts and much self reflection, and may all of your prayers be accepted. (And during this month of humility, please take…

Politics & home

Hello – I am home and looking forward to sharing both stories and pictures soon enough. First, please find my last article, published while I was away: Gender Violence is…

Snippet

Walking along Bloor on Saturday, I was approached by two young men, one of whom stopped in front of me and asked: “How are you today, ma’am.” I turned to…

‘Modern’ malaise, dread & boredom

Spiritual discussion contextualized within the aesthetic modern, specific to…read and find out to what. If you are of the variety who believes they are not held to a higher moral…

Qs used to find me: Gold Star

“is wanking acceptable during Ramadan?” ok. 1) Love that you were smart enough to capitalize the ‘R’ in ‘Ramadan’. 2) Understand this may not be a question you wish to…

Ramadan Mubarak

May this month bring its blessings; may our fast be accepted and our prayers heard, Inshallah. Aside from merely undertaking the physical act of fasting this year, try cutting something…

Playing in the fields of Calgary

It was my first time visiting Calgary and I loved it. Surprisingly, Calgary is a lovely and calming place (notwithstanding their crazy Conservative politix). Most of my trip was spent…

The Secret Lives of Churches: Muslims Gone Wild

Proof that a Muslimah can be inside of a Church without catching Hell fire. Someone tell McBush, STAT. Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers…

The Most Popular Game in 2008

It’s called: Bash The Muslim, Just Because. (Soft sell bigoted rhetoric that serves as foundation for hate mongering.) Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers…