Is This Your Dhikr?

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWe all know the benefits of making dhikr, remembrance of Allah.  It is the habit of many Muslims to say "alhamdulillah" (praise be to Allah), subhanAllah (glory be to Allah), and other phrases that come to us from the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah.  Making dhikr is a way of remembering Allah, thanking Him, asking forgiveness from Him, glorifying Him, and showing that we are submissive to His will.  It can be a beautiful spiritual … [Read more...]

Don’t Let a Sexual Predator Have a Picture of Your Child

Yesterday, it was announced that law enforcement in several countries had broken up a child pornography ring that circled the globe.  They arrested nearly two hundred men and saved over two hundred children from sexual slavery.  This bust was the result of a three-year investigation and is a major coup for the good guys, but these arrests are, sadly, only a drop in the bucket.  Millions of predators are still out there, and they want your child, too.I lived in Kansas City for … [Read more...]

After a Cranky Day, A Nice End – Thank You Wal-Mart Guy

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahToday was one of those cranky days.  I woke up after an up-and-down night with a fussy baby.  A stuffy nose makes him wakeful.  Actually, he doesn't need an excuse.  He's just cranky by nature right now.  Probably a growth spurt.  I fumbled through the morning routine, getting kids off to school and hubby off the work, grumbling a bit to myself that I never get to take a morning off.  Grumble, grumble. … [Read more...]

A Quiet Disaster, With Deaths Unremarked

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahThe devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan reminds us once again that our lives can change or end in an instant.  This is a harsh reminder hard on the heels of disasters in New Zealand, Chile, and Haiti.  Just in case you weren't listening the last few times, I suppose.  In one way the Japan earthquake is different; there's a lot more film of the actual disaster, especially the tsunami that killed so many as it swept ashore … [Read more...]

Introducing My New Food-Centered Blog (Link inside blog post)

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahHello to everyone!  I would humbly like to promote my new blog, which I started yesterday over at Wordpress. I decided that I would dedicate a blog only to my love of cooking, sharing recipes and techniques.  Otherwise it tends to get lost in among the other stuff I post.  Not everyone wants to go from politics to pita bread and back on a weekly basis.  Here is the link to my blog:Radical Islamic CuisineI want my blog to be … [Read more...]

Thank You Representative King for Promoting Islam. No, Seriously….

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI didn't watch the congressional hearings today on the radicalization of American Muslims.  Being an American Muslim, I already know what the problems are and how they should be addressed.  Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Peter King, channeling the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, was challenged on many fronts as he tried to keep the scope of the hearings narrow.  He was not interested in hearing about radical … [Read more...]

Don’t Abuse Women – A Test From the Last Sermon of the Prophet (saw)

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim - In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu - Peace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings I was not aware that today is International Women's Day. I usually don't follow such news as I think reducing the concerns of women, or any group, to a single day is not really useful. We should strive to do good and recognize goodness every day of the year. I came up with this simple test due to news of some … [Read more...]

A Dose of “Awwwwww!”

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The Blessings of a Small Bathroom

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahEvery morning, our family of three adults and five children has a pretty much set routine.  If my husband went to pray fajr in the masjid, he's out super early.  Then I'm up next, then I rouse the children when it is time for school. Part of my job as majordomo is to make sure everyone gets a chance to use the bathroom without waiting a long time.  I mean, c'mon, three boys with full bladders?  Sometimes, if one stays in … [Read more...]

Gossip Between Husband and Wife

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI was scrolling through my FB status updates and came across a posting regarding gossip.  It reminded me that I've been meaning to mention something for a long time.  Now is as good a time as any:For my dear brothers and sisters who are married, gossip is gossip even if it is between husband and wife.  It is gossip if you are talking about others in your family, it is gossip of you are talking about people at the masjid, it is … [Read more...]


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