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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: 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…

Sea(s) of change

Purging, cleaning house and new beginnings. Ramadan ends in less than 24 hours and it has brought with it – literally – a sea of change. I’m looking forward to a little bit of an ebb now

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…

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…

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…

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…

Eid Mubarak

I’ve finished my trip to Oman where I saw for the first time ever wild dolphins. They move in the most beautiful symmetry…and I will post videos soon enough, Inshallah….

I Recommend

that during this coming holiday season, and among the varied books you read, you take some time to walk carefully through Reza Aslan’s No god but God; The Origins, Evolution…

Eid Mubarak!

To my sisters and brothers: Congratulations! Mabrook! !عید مبارک We did it! WE CAN HAVE MORNING COFFEE AND LUNCH AGAIN! To everyone – defaulted to ‘The World, Including My Sworn…

Mmmm-mmmm

I am going to break fast over a Starbucks no-fat, no-foam grande latte this evening, Inshallah. I’m so excited!! The otherwise taken for granted, become such treasured pleasures… (Even I…

Al-Sahar

‘Al-Sahar’ = Dawn ‘Tasahur’ / ‘yitsa7ar’ = Eating at dawn Another tradition most of you would enjoy immensely during Ramadan is ‘tasahur’, which is the Arabic word describing the meal…

Interfaith Fast to End the Occupation of Iraq

Someone’s just posted this to my comments section. I’m pulling it up to the front because I think it’s an excellent initiative and I don’t want it to go unnoticed….

Breaking fast in the Ottawa area – a taste of the experience

I’ve received several emails asking me where / how one could experience this with Muslims if they’re not currently living in a Muslim country, or if they don’t have any…

Happy Christmukeidukah

If you’re still looking for something to buy someone; adopt them a Polar Bear. They’re warm, cuddly and white. They won’t get drunk around your relatives and they’ll never make…

Kul 3am wa antum bkheir & an art show in Montreal

This weekend begins Ramadan and so a Ramadan Kareem to each and every one of you, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, agnostic, atheist & trans-religioned. I wish you both inner and external…

A Family Secret

Although quite rare, I find myself at a loss lately and I feel obligated to type something out. Anything, really, so here goes… .1. Kul 3am w2intu bkheir. Happy Eid!…

Graduate Students are a Mosqueing

.1. Mosqueing: The act of going to Mosque. E.g.”Are you Mosqueing tonight?” “Yeah. We’re heading over there after breaking fast.” “Cool. Call me when you’re done Mosqueing.” “Ok.” T &…

Procreation Notes

.1. Last night, E had baby Kate. This is so exciting! Now she is the second of my girls to procreate. She was the second to get married, and keeping…

Ramadan kareem

Tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan, and this is the time for forgiveness, charity, self control and self awareness (granted, it is always ‘the time’ as God doesn’t have…