When “Bad” Things Happen to Good People

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the MercifulPeace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allah and His BlessingsI think every person of faith has struggled with the issue of suffering.  Why do we suffer?  Why must we suffer?  What good is served by suffering?  If you are not currently suffering, if your life is going well and everything is coming up roses, it can seem very condescending to assure others that suffering is meaningful and being patient will be rewarded.  It is even harder when … [Read more...]

Islam Hates Us? Sweetie, I am “Us”

As Salaamu Alaikum and hello all. You would think with the amount of time Donald Drumpf spends with his foot in his mouth that he wouldn't manage to spit out so many verbal faux pas.  I guess that he manages since he is able to talk out of both sides of his face at once. His latest bout of verbal effluvium was the statement that "Islam hates us".  And of course, that is not true.  There are over one billion Muslims on the planet, and a very large percentage of them love and are addicted to We … [Read more...]

In Honor of International Women’s Day I’m Taking My Kids to the Doctor

As Salaamu Alaikum - Peace be upon you - and howdy all. So today is International Women's Day?  Hmm, managed to forget to put that on my calendar.  Well, I'll try to celebrate anyway.  I got off to a good start.  I made an empowering pot of coffee and indulged myself by using real half and half instead of powdered creamer.  I toasted a very feminist and independent bagel for my husband, who was taking care of his dad before heading off to work. The highlight of my day as an International Woman … [Read more...]

I Really Hate Politics, But….

As Salaamu Alaikum - Peace be upon you - and hello all. I have mostly remained silent here on my blog about the political circus that is revolving around us.  First of all, I would like to reassure all the other countries in the world that the United States is totally not a country full of loonies and everything is going to be okay.  I'd like to do that, but I can't.  Sadly, it appears that we have a fairly large percentage of loonies and they have a somewhat reasonable chance of propelling one … [Read more...]

It’s Not Our Job to Save the World

Salaam Alaikum and howdy all.  Today is Jumuah, the day of the congregational prayer.  All over the world, Muslim men, and many Muslim women as well, will be preparing for the prayer, or have already gone depending on what part of the world they are in.  Pretty breathtaking when you think about, everyone turning to face Makkah in this way. I finished some paperwork and was thinking about this as I browsed my Facebook newsfeed.  So much crazy bad news out there.  The US presidential election madn … [Read more...]

What Are the Limits of Friendship with Non-Muslims?

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the MercifulPeace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings.Howdy all!  It is Saturday, February 13.  And you know what that means - only two days until all that Valentine's candy goes on sale!  Whoooo!But seriously, folks. Today's video blog (does anyone else really, really hate the term "vlog".  Hate it.  Hate, hate hate it.) covers the topic of non-Muslim friends.  Are we even allowed to have non-Muslim friends?  Well, the short ans … [Read more...]

Does Islam Oppress Women? (Spoiler: No)

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the MercifulPeace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allah and His BlessingsOkay, so I'm trying to do a series on common misconceptions in Islam.  I don't want to write another dry, scholarly article, because you'll be bored and your eyes will roll up into the back of your head and you won't be able to finish reading it.  Today's post will be a video!  I did a live Facebook stream and saved it over to YouTube, so even if you aren't my Facebook friend or yo … [Read more...]

Catching up on things before the Super Bowl

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the MercifulPeace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings Good morning everyone!  It is a cold but decent Saturday morning here in the 'Burg.  The sun shines intermittently between the clouds, the dirty frosty remains of Snowzilla are gone from all but the shadiest corners of the neighborhood, the boys are off to Saturday Islamic school, and I sit here with my half-consumed cup of coffee.  The two smaller kids are home with me.  One is doi … [Read more...]

Convert or Die! – Not a Muslim Thing

So, one of the big issues for non-Muslims is that they think that we Muslims will convert non-Muslims by force.  "Islam was spread by the sword" is a common mistaken belief.  Here's a real quote:"There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut (false idols and all sorts of disbelief) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and K … [Read more...]

Is the God of the Muslims a moon god? (Spoiler: No)

That Arabic thingy up there says "As Salaamu Alaikum", which means "Peace be upon you".  Don't want anyone to be scared after that really weird situation in Virginia. Okay, the first and biggest misconception about Islam is about the nature of Allah, God. Many non-Muslims think that our God is a different God from theirs.  Online trolls have tried to get people to believe that Allah is a "moon god" particular to the Arabs.  Honestly, the second you see someone try to push this bit of mi … [Read more...]


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