I’m Going to Hell Now, Been Nice Knowin’ Ya

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Election day.  The airwaves are full of pundits and politicians making one last desperate push to send their guy across the finish line first.  Every four years we go through this with but a brief respite between campaigns.  Along with the talking heads of the mainstream media, the Muslim Ummah weighs in on the candidates, for, against, and abstaining. Every time there's an election you can be sure the battle lines will be drawn. Not Republican vs Democrat, or Libertarian vs Green.  The … [Read more...]

“A Smudge on a Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved”

My husband and I just returned from a wake for the father of my husband's best friend. The man who passed away had lived a long and full life, but had declined rapidly over the last two years, finally succumbing to a heart attack. He lingered for a while on life support, and after the family made the painful decision to cease all supportive interventions, he lived a few days longer, passing from this world on Thursday. My husband did the honor of preparing his body for burial and helping the … [Read more...]

Muslim First, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent After

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Of course, the most common water-cooler conversation today is last night's presidential debate.  Common consensus is that Governor Romney brought the battle to President Obama, while the president kind of stunk it up.  The more I watched the debate, the more my own position crystallized.  I'm not voting for either of them.  I'm done. There are those who would criticize me for "abdicating my responsibility" but in an untenable situation, sometimes no action is possible.  If you are standing … [Read more...]

The Religion of One-ism

Facebook mysteriously restored all my old notes to me yesterday.  I now have access to old recipes and stuff I wrote back before I was blogging, or when I was blogging but was too lazy to click over to the other site to post.  This note was one of three I wrote to try to help people approach Islam without the preconceptions that are so common.  There are three notes total so I'll post them individually: I have found that most non-Muslims view Islam through the prism of the mainstream media. … [Read more...]

May Allah Guide Them, or Break Their Backs

"May Allah Guide Them, or Break Their Backs" A couple of days ago I typed this sentence in a blog post. I was referring to the people involved in making the low-budget film that portrayed Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, in a negative light. Worse than than, it was horrible, awful, blasphemous for Muslims. I got a lot of feedback from my post, much of it favorable, but there were several people who felt that this one sentence was brutal and … [Read more...]

My Brother the Drug Dealer

Every family has one. That relative who makes you cringe. The black sheep of the family. The trouble maker. The bad seed. The bum. When I became Muslim over nineteen years ago, I immediately became a sister to all the more than one billion Muslims on the planet. Quite lovely and touching, when you think of it. A black-skinned man in Sudan is my brother. A lady with straight black hair and pale skin in China is my sister. A nut-brown girl in a village in India, a flaming redhead in Ireland, an … [Read more...]

Autstic Kids at my Eid Party? Sure, Why Not?

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Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. So Ramadan is almost at an end and I'm planning my Eid party.  We decided last year that in order to make the Muslim Holy Days / holidays special, we'd have a big get-together with a bounce house, snacks, crafts, and lots of friends.  Our first Eid party was small but fun with several families and the neighborhood kids.  The bounce house was a major success.  I just made my reservation for a large Dora / Diego bounce house for our party set for September 1.  … [Read more...]

Just Another Honor Killing in the News

Today a Canadian court delivered a guilty verdict in the prosecution of Mohammed Shafia for the “honor murders” of his three teenage daughters and first wife. Once again Islam is in the spotlight as the acts of three ignorant people cast a horrible light on the religion they profess, Islam. Okay, just so we're clear here. There is NO place in Islam for so-called “honor killings”. Honor killings are murder, plain and simple, and anyone who tries to claim that they are condoned by … [Read more...]

Merry Happy Christmas Hanukkah Festivus New Year Diwali Secretaries’ Day!

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Salaam Alaikum, Merry Christmas.  Happy New Year.  Feliz Navidad.  Happy Hanukkah.  Happy Festivus (for the rest of us).  Merry FSM Day (Google it). So many holidays, so much HARAAAAAAAM! Since I basically live on Facebook, it is my window to the world.  Most of my Facebook friends are Muslim, and a whole lot of my world was busy telling the rest of my world, in BLARING I'M SHOUTING AT YOU, YOU IGNORANT PERSON CAPS, that they were committing a sin by - snorting heroin?  … [Read more...]

The Benevolent Dictator – No, Not Kim Jung Il, ME

As Salaamu Alaikum and good morning all.  It's about 9 am here in Virginia.  Kids are off to school, smaller ones are ensconced in front of the TV watching cartoons.  The cats are milling about hoping someone drops a frosted flake on the floor.  I am here this morning to confess to being a really disorganized person.   It affects all areas of my life.  I start something, forget what I was doing, go back later and have to start again.  I do it with this blog, too.  Sometimes I'll post … [Read more...]