How did it get to be almost Ramadan already? I ain’t ready!

  There's a rumor going around that Ramadan is approaching. Less than a month and we will embark on our marathon month of fasting. This is the time of year that I contemplate moving to South Africa for thirty days. The summer will be just about to get into full swing in the northern hemisphere by the time we start fasting around June seventeenth, while my friends on the south end of the planet are about to enter winter, with short days and long nights. Around where I live, sunrise will be … [Read more...]

I Almost Forgot It’s Prom Season…. A Little Tough Love and Realness in One Sentence

One sentence:  It is not permissible for Muslim young men and women to attend prom.   Okay, that's it, bye, see you tomorrow! What?  Oh, you want more?  What's my daleel (proof)?  Well, if you want the long version.... I totally forgot it's prom season.  My son is only 15 and is at this point in his life is blissfully oblivious to all that stuff (thanks online games!).  One of my FB friends shared a picture of a young lady in a very fancy long dress that did cover her in the same manne … [Read more...]

Who Am I? Read this and (sorta) find out

As Salaamu Alaikum, wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu Peace be upon you, and the mercy of Allah and His blessingsSo, who is Muslimah in Progress? I've been writing for years now, sharing my experiences and ideas with family, friends, and a whole lot of strangers. Now, at the ripe young age of 47, I hope I have accumulated some wisdom to help me put all of my experiences in perspective. It is my prayerful wish that everyone who reads what I write benefits in some way, either through my humor … [Read more...]

I Don’t Invite You to Islam

I don't invite you to Islam. I don't invite you to Islam because most of the “Muslim” countries are led by dictators and despots, or by no one at all. I don't invite you to Islam because the rights Allah granted to Muslim women 1400 years ago are routinely trampled upon today. From domestic abuse to honor killings to female genital mutilation, the status of women is so far from the ideal that you can't even see it from here. I don't invite you to Islam because the level of knowledge among the c … [Read more...]

Coffee, Facebook, Birds Singing, Evil Jews… Huh?

As Salaamu Alaikum and good Saturday morning all. Ah, this is the life. Sending the kids off to Islamic Saturday school with the hubby, lounging in bed with my youngest quietly occupied next to me, chilling out and checking my Facebook while idly wondering if I should bake something. Then I see something reprehensible on my FB wall, an article shared or commented on by one of my FB friends, and it's all I can do not to throw the phone against the wall in disgust. And here I was thinking I was … [Read more...]

What Makes a Hadith Authentic (Sahih)

Hadiths.  Very important in Islam.  Indispensable.  Some hadiths are just a few words; others run on for several pages.  They deal with esoteric issues such as the creation of the universe and the coming of the End Times, and they teach us how to pray, or inform us that Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, used to forget about the bread dough sometimes so that the goats would come and eat it.  Through these snippets and tales, we have learned how our beloved Prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace a … [Read more...]

Finding Balance in Islam Includes the Sunnah – Don’t Reject Hadiths

Islam is not a cafeteria religion. That is a given. In Islam, you do not get to pick and choose the rules that you live by. It's a package deal. You can't say “I'm cool with the no pork thing, but I really can't live without a nightly brewski so I'll just skip that part”. You have to be willing as a Muslim to understand the permissible and the forbidden in Islam, and to move towards living a full life that is fully Islamic. It is not easy and it is not instant. Living as a Muslim is a process, w … [Read more...]

Have a Nice Day

Yesterday I went through the drive through of a local fast-food restaurant.  I gave my order at the menu board and then proceeded in an orderly fashion to the first window.  Paid.  Waited for the person in front of me to have his bag handed through to him.  And his drink.  And his extra packets of sauce.  And a few napkins.  And some ketchup.  Finally he was done and I eased up to the second window, taking care not to bonk the big metal safety poles with my side mirror.  When you're 5'2" and driv … [Read more...]

Do not apologize for sticking to your guns and having standards

My Muslim brothers and sisters, do NOT apologize for living according to Islam. I have had people try to make me feel guilty for saying "50 Shades of Grey" is smut, and that I should not judge because I had not read the book or seen the movie. If you are not Muslim and you are my Facebook friend or you follow me so that you see some of what I write, you do need to be aware that as a practicing Muslim I am pretty conservative, especially in regards to things that are considered mainstream here … [Read more...]

Okay, at least the kids are in school today

As Salaamu Alaikum and howdy everyone.Today we are getting a breather between "I can't feel my face" cold spells.  It's supposed to get up to almost forty degrees today.  Wooo!  Yesterday it was like, one degree.  The respite will be brief.  We are going to be under a winter storm warning overnight with the potential for more face-freezing temperatures and snow.  Or should I write that as "s*&w", since that word is like a cuss word now.  I think as soon as I get home from work I'll make a … [Read more...]


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