Have a Good Monday – Er, Tuesday

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, I confess.  It's almost 10:30 in the morning and I just now realized it's not Monday, it's Tuesday.  It's not my fault - all my mental markers are off.  The kids had their first day back at school today, not yesterday, after a long spring break.  And today my husband didn't go to his usual auction due to a schedule change.  So I'm feeling like it's Monday mentally.  Well, I don't have any appointments … [Read more...]

There’s Someone for Everyone – Or Not

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI'm an old married lady.  Forty-four, five kids, married almost twelve years.  I've been Muslim for seventeen years, and through the years I've seen most mistakes that men and women make on the way to finding a spouse.  I've made a lot of those mistakes, too.I'm a Facebook addict with about two thousand friends, and I have noticed a trend lately.  Many of the women are opining about the impossibility of finding a … [Read more...]

The French Niqaab Ban

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahHmm, what do I think about the ban of the niqaab in France.  Tempest in a teapot, that's what it is.  It is Sarkozy and other politicians pandering to a xenophobic base of citizens in order to score points towards reelection.  It is a distraction from the miserable economy.  It is a reflection of what is going on here in the U.S. with the mosque controversies and various states trying to make Islamic law illegal.  It … [Read more...]

Burn the Qur’an or Burn an Opium Field?

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOn March 20, 2011, an ignorant little worm of a man burned a Qur'an.  He's not the first and will probably not be the last.  He claims to be a man of God but by his actions he showed his only leader is the devil, and whatever mad voices only he can hear that tell him what he is doing is good.  But I'm not here to talk about him.  He's had more than his fifteen minutes of fame.  I'm here to talk about other people. … [Read more...]

The War at Home

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWeary and bleary-eyed from lack of sleep (thanks to a teething baby who likes to wake up at night and serenade me), I went through my usual morning routine.  I turn on CNN.  One of the first stories was about an Alabama hospital where patients had been infected by contaminated IV bags.  Imagine you go in for some surgery, and it is successful, only to succumb to a bacteria in your glucose.  At least nine patients have died … [Read more...]

Some Days are More Productive than Others

Today has been a pretty productive day, alhamdulillah.  Cleaned the bathroom, scrubbed the dining room floor, and spent all my "spare time" (time when I'm not holding the baby) creating a new blog for my auction stuff and updating and joining online auction websites.  So, that brings me up to three blogs now.  I think I'm going to have writer's cramp, but I'll get over it.  The new blog hopefully will help me get noticed on all the auction sites so I can make $$$.  We've … [Read more...]

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...]