Ache in My Chest

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahSo I have this ache in my chest, anxiety, a feeling like I should be doing something (besides writing a blog entry). I know I have tons of things that I need to be doing, including paying bills, shopping for groceries, posting on eBay, ordering pictures for my mom, cleaning house, laundry, lawn care, cleaning the shed.  Okay, now I know why I have this ache in my chest.  I have all this stuff I need to do, some stuff I want to do, … [Read more...]

Conspiracy Theories

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI read a status update today on FB.  It mentioned something about denying the Holocaust and believing in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a fictional work attributed to Jews that I've never seen but which purportedly talks about the Jewish conspiracy to take over the world and orgies of feasting on the blood of goyim children.  Can we just stop right here?  I mean, right here, right now.  The Holocaust happened, … [Read more...]

In Defense of Christine O’Donnel

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahOkay, for the most part I've tuned out the nattering nabobs of political negativity.  The recent primaries and upcoming November elections are just a buzzing background that I try to ignore.  I'm well  into the "screw all of them" attitude towards politicians in this country.  Democrats and Republicans are different sides of the same corrupt coin that is bankrupting, morally and financially, our country. I have been hearing … [Read more...]

Starting an Advice Page on Facebook

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWell, I went and did it.  I started a page on Facebook for offering Islamic advice.  I hemmed and hawed and went back and forth in my mind about it.  Who am I, after all, to offer advice?  I'm just your basic Muslim housewife living in the 'burbs, trying to take care of my family and not burn the cookies.  Why should I open my piehole and tell people how to live their lives?Well, in a real sense I've actually been … [Read more...]

An Islamic Love Story: A Mango for a Bride

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahThis is a story I wrote several years ago.  Every so often I get nostalgic and go back and read it.  I thought I would share it with you:A Mango for a BrideByNancy ShehataMy father’s house was in a greater state of uproar than usual, and since there were six of us children - well, we’re all grown now, but when we’re home, we’re no longer truly adults - six of us and our families spending a great amount of time in the house, the level … [Read more...]

God is Not Linear

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim Salaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI am a revert to Islam.  Over the years, people have asked me hundreds of times why I converted to Islam.  Did I covert to please a husband?  No.  Did I convert after hearing a particularly moving sermon?  No.  I converted out of conviction after studying Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.Perhaps it's the German in me, but I appreciate the logical consistency of Islam.  Since the creation of the first … [Read more...]

Pita Bread Recipe

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahHere is the recipe I use for pita bread.  The basic dough recipe can be found all over the internet and can be used for pizza dough as well as pita bread:2 cups all purpose flour, divided1 cup very warm water1 tablespoon sugar2 tablespoons active dry yeast1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable)In the bowl of your electric mixer, add ONE cup of the flour; to this, add the other dry ingredients and the oil.  To this, add … [Read more...]

On 9/11, Millions of Americans will NOT Be Burning the Qur’an

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahThis just in to INN - the Inane News Network.    After tireless research and many hours in the field, your intrepid reporter has determined that thousands, no, millions, no hundreds  of millions of Americans will NOT, I repeat, will NOT be burning the Qur'an on Saturday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  On that day, millions of Americans will not gather at two-bit "churches" and engage in inflammatory rhetoric … [Read more...]

Qur’an-fire of the Vanities

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWell, we're approaching zero-hour on the  Qur'an-burning kerfluffle.  This whole situation is a prime example of what happens when the media gets ahold of a story and turns it into, well, a kerfluffle (a polite word for a major hoo-haw).  Here's this tiny little church, whose name, Dove World Outreach Center, almost has more letters than the church has congregants, causing protests as far away as Kabul, Afghanistan and Malaysia. … [Read more...]

Angry on a Sunday Morning

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI actually got a decent amount of sleep last night, alhamdulillah.  I'm not doing much today, bit of laundry.  Have grocery shopping to do.For some reason I woke up mad.  Just angry, grumpy, don't-anyone-mess-with-me mad.  Trying not to be short with the kids but I have low tolerance right now for any temper tantrums.  I'm "touch fatigued" as well.  Too much time with baby on my shoulder and toddler on my lap. … [Read more...]