Where is it safe to raise our kids?

Someone commented on my "40 questions" note, on Facebook about not wanting her kids to grow up in the US. Someone else asked why and she said she had seen other peoples' kids turn out bad.Is it the US? Well, some might think so. I think it's not that simple. My husband is from Egypt. Now, Egypt is ostensibly a "Muslim" country. But trust me, it has many if not most of the ills that you find here in the US. The corruption is actually worse in many ways. Bribery, "baksheesh" , is a daily affair. … [Read more...]

Of Beyonce and Amy Winehouse, et al

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWell, I posted a little note on my Facebook page yesterday. I got a small but vehement response to it. I'm still trying to figure it out.I have lots of people on my friends list. Young, not so young, mature like me. I see what they are posting, check out their profiles to make sure that a) they are women (some names are like "Free Palestine" so it's hard to tell) and b) they are not crazy freaky insane stalker-type people who will hunt me … [Read more...]

Tuesday – Obama And All That

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahIt's Tuesday morning. I'm fortifying myself with a cup of decaf, getting ready for the day. Hubby is almost out the door, finishing his bagel breakfast sandwiches and waiting for the car to warm up. The two smaller boys are awake. My oldest is still asleep because I let him stay up late to watch "24". The baby, thankfully, is napping in her bassinette, hopefully for more than five minutes.I have the TV on to MSNBC at the moment. I don't … [Read more...]

3 degrees. Three degrees. Three degrees. Stinks no matter how you write it. … [Read more...]


Feeling human again.

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahAlhamdulillah, I survived the day of fasting. I broke my fast with water and some cranberry-nut cookies. Then I had some pasta. Now I'm drinking my decaf coffee and feeling like a human being again. Since I've been unable to fast for several years, fasting today was a BIG DEAL. I did fast several days in Ramadan, before I started becoming very dehydrated and my milk supply suffered, but then I was ready for it, mentally prepared, and … [Read more...]

Fasting is Hard…

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahToday I'm fasting for the 9th of Muharram, and tomorrow inshAllah I'll fast the 10th. I've been pregnant or nursing for the last several years, and being "of advanced maternal age", I've been unable to fast while preggers and if I fast more than a day while nursing my milk supply tanks. I'm SO out of practice. I didn't have suhoor, big mistake, but when the baby finally sleeps through the night your loathe to get up one moment before you … [Read more...]

Pick a Crisis, any Crisis….

Make du'a for Gaza... and Darfur... and Kashmir... and Thailand... and China... and.... Since the Israelis started returning fire into Gaza last week, my Facebook page has been inundated with invitations to new groups that have sprung up in response to the violence. "I bet I can find 1,000,000 people who hate Jews", "Support Gaza", "Stop the Holocaust in Gaza", "Look at This Graphic and Bloody Video of a Dead Palestinian Baby". My live feed is updated practically minute by minute with news of an … [Read more...]

My Resolution

Okay, I guess I'll get on the New Year's resolution bandwagon. Since the Islamic New Year is here as well, I'll kill two resolution days with one resolution. I resolve to keep my temper with my kids. I do pretty well. I like to think I'm a loving, engaged Mommy who doesn't pop off at any little infraction. Overall, my kids are really great. My oldest, well, I haven't really had to chastise him for anything more than once or twice a year, mashAllah. He's an easygoing kid. My "Irish twins", Yusef … [Read more...]

A Mango for a Bride – A Short Love Story

A Mango for a BrideByNancy Umm Abdel HamidMy 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 of noise and chaos was pretty amazing My infant son Adam was the youngest of the horde, and with him in my arms I sat in the kitchen, watching Mama and my oldest sister Manal coring tiny eggpl … [Read more...]

More about marriage

Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahI got some feedback from a previous entry I wrote, the one titled "Lonely? Get a Cat". Two friends of mine, both of whom I respect, offered differing views. One was "right on" and the other was "you were harsh". Both points of view have merit.It is not my intention to be harsh to my sisters in Islam. I want all my sisters to fulfill their roles as strong believing Muslim women. I want my sisters to believe that they are beloved creations of … [Read more...]