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...]


Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahThis is a "mature" topic so don't let the middle schoolers read over your shoulder.  Or perhaps you should, because this is a cautionary tale. The status of marriage in this world is troubled, to say the least. Here in the U.S., fifty percent of all first marriages end in divorce.  Muslims here are running as fast as they can to strengthen this statistic, sad to say.  There are so many things wrong I don't know where to … [Read more...]

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...]