Bye Bye Mubarak – Now What?

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI was poring over invoices with the baby tugging at my leg when I flipped over to Facebook to see what nuggets of wisdom my friends had posted.  Immediately I saw a flood of status updates, links, and pictures saying that Mubarak was stepping down.  Either he was going to, was thinking about it, was being urged to do it by the army, or was already out of the country.  Peoples' posts were hopeful but they were also adopting a … [Read more...]

Egypt, Democracy, Islam, Revolt

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahA religious Muslim, when presented with world events, runs everything through the Muslim filter. This filter often, mostly, okay, pretty much always runs counter to the popular notion of what is good, or is in accord with it somewhat but not completely.  This is the case as well with the situation in Egypt.I've been sick and busy recently, but I'm also reluctant to comment on the uprising in Egypt, even though most who know me know I'm … [Read more...]

Egypt, The Flu, Tax Season, and All That

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI know I have been uncharacteristically silent the last couple of weeks.  It's not like it's been a quiet time in the world.  There's revolution in Tunisia and Egypt, the usual players are yapping on cable TV and life is swirling around me with its normal color and chaos.  I got knocked down by the flu, first of all.  Mommies don't get to take sick days, but I did take a couple of "sick mornings", where I let the kids get … [Read more...]

The Cats are Cute But They Can Be a Pain

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, so, like the title says, the cats are cute.  They are friendly, fluffy, amusing, and all that,  But, boy, can they be a pain sometimes.  I was awakened at oh-dark-thirty this morning by the sound of the two cats batting an empty water can back and forth along the hardwood floor in the hallway.  There was no ignoring it or sleeping through it; I tossed off my warm blanket and stepped out into the hall.  The wet … [Read more...]

Of Hot Showers and Cat Poop

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahThis morning, I decided to do something that single people do.  I decided to take a shower.  You know, a shower.  Oh, I take showers all the time, but usually about a day later than I wanted to because of the constant demands of the house and children,  This morning, everyone was up, so I deposited the baby in his brother's room, put on cartoons, grabbed my towel, and headed for the bathroom.  I was so silly, so … [Read more...]

I Was About to Devalue My Worth

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahMornings are always hectic.  I wake up, start the water for coffee and tea, make breakfast for my father-in-law, wake the kids, help find the inevitable lost shoe or missing homework paper, feed the cats, and try not to look too closely at the reminders of yesterday's undone tasks.  There's something new in the mix - my husband is now working from home.  This means that, instead of seeing him hastily out the door with his coffee … [Read more...]

Raising Arizona

Yesterday at 1:59pm EST I posted a CNN update to my Facebook profile.  "Several Shot at Tucson Grocery".  As the day wore on more facts became known and the numbers of dead and wounded grew.  Bad enough that a US congresswoman was targeted; bad enough that a federal judge was killed; bad enough that a beautiful nine-year-old girl lost her life.  The final tally of six dead and fourteen wounded was a knife in the heart of all Americans of conscience, no matter their political … [Read more...]

The Whole Virgins in Paradise Thing….

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, let's deal with this whole "72 virgins" thing.  Non-Muslims, most often those hostile to Islam, always bring this up as an accusation against Muslims claiming that Muslim men are lustful beasts and even our concept of heaven proves that.  Of course, some of the people who believe this are upright moral Christians like Newt Gingrich, who had an affair and then went to his wife to discuss a divorce while she was in the hospital … [Read more...]

Al Kawthar

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahSubhanAllah!  You never know when something will strike you differently.  I know surat al Kawthar and recite it fairly often.  As a mom with young kids running about I am often forced to resort to very short surahs in my prayers, and it doesn't get much shorter than this one:1. Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad ()) Al-Kauthar (a river in Paradise);2. Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice … [Read more...]

Prophet Muhammad asked his wives’ permission

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmtullah.I was taking care of some simple household task, thinking of nothing in particular, when I remembered an incident that happened towards the end of the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him.  He was ill, what turned out to be his final illness, and he was in the house of his wife Maymoonah, may Allah be pleased with her.  He asked her to call all his wives to him, and when they assembled … [Read more...]