Acts of Charity, How LaunchGood Campaigns Happen and Why it All Matters

Once these campaigns cross into the six-digits we consistently hear, “Why so much? How are the funds going to be used? Why not share the funds with other worthy causes?” These are all fair questions. For example, Nabra’s campaign started with a goal of $10,000 and now is at $300,000+. Perhaps the funeral will cost a few thousand, but then what? Read more

Ramadan Deprivation Leads to Despair and then Deliverance

The hardship is in having to restrain our own power because our physical deprivation acts as the reminder that real power — true power — is found not in exertion, but surrender. Read more

The Infused Knowledge of Ramadan

Human beings are brought into the world incomplete and can only be completed under the influence of heaven. It is during Ramadan that we are disassembled and reassembled along lines truer to our innate nature, and through this process come to humbly accept our need for the Divine. Read more

Beauty and the Beast – Which of the Two Faces of Islam Will Prevail?

The challenge and struggle of our generation is which face of the House of Islam will triumph? Will it be the beautiful face briefly outlined above or the beastly dimension that will continue to dominate our airwaves? One very much hopes that just like the Beauty and the Beast story line, where the Prince and Belle host a ball for the kingdom and they dance happily ever after into the sunset, that the story line of the Islam also has a beautiful ending, Read more

In Ramadan and Beyond – What Does it Mean to be a ‘Good Muslim?’

I don’t cover my head. I don’t pray five times a day. I didn’t marry a Muslim man. I’m not “The Muslim” they expect to see. Read more

Ramadan on the North Dakota Prairie – Forging an American-Muslim Experience

The summer season in North Dakota is short, sweet and very precious. It was amazing to see farmers busy harvesting crops under floodlights into the wee hours of the night. Our neighborhood on the outskirts of Grand Forks bordered a large farming field. The rumbling noise of trucks hauling beetroot and sunflower seeds were a reminder to us to get up for our sahoor. Read more

Last 10 days of Ramadan – Learning Impulse Control and Accountability

I’ve been actively thinking about the last 10 days/nights of Ramadan and how I want to observe them. This is the time when the Prophet (pbuh) would push himself in worship and devotion, more than any other period during the year. I decided that along with focusing on my ibadaat and charitable deeds, now is the best time for me to renew my commitment to living well with mental illness. Read more

How American Sunni/Shi’a Muslims Can Help Combat Political ‘Sectarianism’

As Muslims spend the month [of Ramadan] coming together, it is important to talk about the rift between Democrats and Republicans. And, as Muslims have learned from their mistakes in sectarianism, it is critical that America does not repeat the past. Read more

If You Have Your Health, You Have the World

For it was in these Ramadan days that I found myself witnessing unabated human suffering in the intensive care unit (ICU) and in the cancer wards. Though I had worked in these parts of the hospital before, Ramadan had encouraged a greater curiosity and sensitivity within me about the onslaught of death on life occurring daily in the rooms of my patients. It all became my intimate education on why good health is the marrow of life. Read more

Not the Perfect Life, but a Reflection of Allah’s Perfect Plan

In her wheelchair, with her fidgety hands and distractible mind, I see eyes that hide the inner workings of a perfectly formed mind, as was the intention of the Creator. I see a heart full of anxiety and frustration and longing and motivation and love and sweetness and so much potential. While others may see a broken child, I see one who is whole and complete. Read more

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