What Should be a Muslim’s Response to Ongoing Tragedies? Not Despair

A father and son shell-shocked in Gaza

By Hesham Hassaballa It has been a rough summer. While everyone around the world was trying – as best as possible during the long and hot Ramadan — to fast and re-connect with God, ​​the horrific images from Gaza kept coming incessantly. Next door in Iraq, the “Islamic State” continued its reign of terror and bloodshed, [Read More...]

Islamophobe David Gaubatz ‘Retires,’ But the Lies Remain

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By Hesham Hassaballa The infamous Islamophobe David Gaubatz, in announcing his retirement via email to his supporters, admitted what most have suspected: That the majority of anti-Islam groups simply exist to make money. Gaubatz wrote (emphasis added): “There are many good people fighting the fight from within these organizations, but the majority of the 501 nonprofit conservative organizations [Read More...]

The Conversation in my Head – Ramadan in July

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By Hesham Hassaballa In the Name of the Infinitely Good and Compassionate Beloved Lord July 9 marks the first day of Ramadan in 2013. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims must forgo food and drink (yes, even water) during the daylight hours. Because the Islamic sacred calendar is lunar, Ramadan [Read More...]

Boston Marathon Bombing – Why Increased Profiling of American Muslims is Not the Answer

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa Almost as soon as the horrific Boston Marathon bombing suspects were revealed to be Muslim, the cheerleaders for increased profiling of Muslims in America came out in full force. The “king” of them, pun fully intended, was none other than New York Congressman Peter King, who said: “Obviously the main international [Read More...]

For Those Grieving over Newtown, Hold Their Hand

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa December is never a good month for my wife and me. Our daughter — who passed away three years ago from cancer — was born on December 30. And so this time of year is always hard. This year, the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have only made it worse, for [Read More...]

The Raw Deal for Muslim Dads

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In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This year’s Father’s Day is extra special for me: for one thing, I have the weekend off, and thus I can spend the day with my family and not have to worry about rounding and taking hospital call. More importantly, however, is that I [Read More...]


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