How Can We Live?

The news of the unrest and violence in Egypt is inescapable. Much of the it has unfolded in full view of video cameras. I have seen bodies piled in the mosques, I have seen a woman in niqab shot to death by a sniper, I have seen grown men weeping over the bodies of their fallen sons. It is a tragedy on every level and it seems to be something that will not be resolved soon.A friend of mine asked today how one can cope with life in the face of such tragedy. Let's not forget, Egypt is only the … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Reflections on Freedom Uprisings

As mothers, we always think of the children first. We know behind the headlines there are children who do not understand, hiding behind thin walls that do not protect them from gunshots and shouting in the streets.  Our hearts break for them, and we imagine what their mothers feel. Still, I remind myself that if I am feeling this way, then Allah is infinitely more merciful than me. Even in the most frightening, dangerous places on earth, Allah swt sends His servants to comfort the innocent and … [Read more...]

I Took My Kids to Tahrir Square

Today, armed with two strollers and a diaper bag, my husband and I took our 3 kids age 1, 2.5, and 5 to Tahrir square. We were quite the sight amidst the thousands of protesters who smiled to the kids as they waved their Egyptian flags that we purchased on our way in. We were welcomed by everyone, and more than 30 people asked to take the kids pictures and gave them dates and other goodies.As we stood with the thousands of protesters chanting the slogans against the regime, I was uplifted by … [Read more...]

Ramadan Memories

There is one memory that jumps to my mind when I think of Ramadan, and most importantly when I think of the spirit of Ramadan. I grew up in the States, so the one Ramadan that I spent in Egypt as an adult was a new experience. I was never sure if it beat my Ramadans back home in America, but this one memory of Ramadan in Egypt fills me with happiness and the spirit of racing to do good that Ramadan inspires in all of us... (wa fee thalika fal yatanafas il mutanafisun- And in that, let them … [Read more...]

Beyond Words

My family and I recently returned from a 6-week visit to our native Egypt. While in Cairo, we spontaneously decided to take a short getaway to Hurghada-city of the Red Sea. We made reservations at the Hurghada Marriott and purchased round-trip bus tickets for the following week.We wasted no time the day we arrived. After checking into the hotel and changing everyone into their swimming attire we headed off to the beach where we would enjoy clean air, warm weather, and calm waters. As we … [Read more...]


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