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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,…

#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…

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…

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…

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…

Quote Unquote

“Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.” – William Newton Clarke Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers…

100 acres of land

Is one of the properties my (father’s) family owns in Gaza. On this land were thousands of orange, grapefruit, lemon, olive & valencia trees. We’ve owned this land for generations…

Jesus (pbuh) is Caucasian?

I look forward to the day when the sighting of “Jesus” is the sighting not of the European white male version of him (which, I believe is version 2.7), but…

‘Sin’ means ‘tooth’ in the Arabic language

This is something new; I’ve received quite a few emails quite recently asking what Muslims believe about Hell. Specifically, people are interested in knowing if – like Christians – Muslims…

Unity, as taught by Islam

“It became clear to him that every [species], although apparently a multiplicity – if one considered all its separate organs, senses and movements – was really a unity if seen…

Catholicism and The New Sin

Did you hear? The Catholic Church has issued a new list of sins. No offense to each and every one of you beautiful and wonderful Catholics (with whom I would…

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….

On Kuffaar

Don’t send me anything in which you call anyone a kaffir. That word has no home in my heart. That word has no place in the way I live my…

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…

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…

I am a convert groupie

A friend of mine called me a ‘convert groupie’; it placed a smile on my face because the amount of respect I hold for converts / reverts is perhaps limitless….