Islam is Not a Religion of Don’t

My husband and I recently took a short vacation, our first time away from the kids together in almost fourteen years of marriage. He's gone overseas several times and I've been away from the kids from time to time while birthing siblings, but we've never had the chance to unplug, turn off the Mommy and Daddy radar, and just enjoy ourselves. We don't trust our kids with many people, but his sister was down for a visit and we knew she could keep the house in one piece and take care of them, so … [Read more...]

What is Our “Why God, Why?” Threshhold?

I have been banging my head against the wall to write about this latest massacre in the US, the murder of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I feel like whatever I write will be either very sad and depressing or so "this is a test and if we succeed we'll all get into heaven" trite that it is an insult to the grief of the families who lost their loved ones.  In a moment of weakness, I along with so many others may have thought "Why, God, Why?"  Why did You allow this to ha … [Read more...]

At a Loss for Words

I have so much I want to write about, but I can't seem to put together enough coherent sentences.  I have part of a blog entry written but I'm not satisfied with it.  I feel like I'm not focused and I don't want to come across as trite or self-righteous or like some bloviating idiot.  I mean, what do you say to a parent whose child has been shot to death?  To a school that lost twenty students and six teachers?  Be strong.  Have faith.  Let me pat you on the back, offer tea.I feel wholly inad … [Read more...]

There is Room for You in Islam

Hey, you, yeah, you. The lady with the tattoos. The gal with the eyebrow piercings The chick with the blue hair.There is room for you in Islam.How can I say that?  How can I say that you can be a part of my faith as I stand here in my all-enveloping robes and my hair - do I even have hair? - hidden under flowing fabric? How can I even approach you, think we have anything in common? How can I look at you with your skin exposed and inked, poured into skinny jeans and teetering on … [Read more...]

Different Schools of Thought In Islam – What’s Up With That?

As often happens, my Facebook life overlaps my Patheos life.  This morning I was sipping my coffee and getting ready to head to work when I happened upon a "mathhab" discussion on a friend's status update.  What is a mathhab?  It is a school of thought.  Briefly, there are four major scholars whose religious rulings are commonly referred to by Muslims seeking knowledge. These scholars lived way back when, and at the time they were not consciously creating these schools of thought.  They simply ha … [Read more...]

Re-elected

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About fifteen minutes ago, MSNBC told me that they were calling the election and reporting that President Barack Obama had won and would be elected to a second term.  I'm not shedding tears of joy. I'm not jumping up and down or yelling "alhamdulillah" at the TV. Wouldn't want to wake the kids. And my mild satisfaction at the victory of President Obama is leavened by the reality of all the troubles in the world. With the re-election of President Obama, the damage from Hurricane Sandy did not … [Read more...]

I’m Going to Hell Now, Been Nice Knowin’ Ya

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Election day.  The airwaves are full of pundits and politicians making one last desperate push to send their guy across the finish line first.  Every four years we go through this with but a brief respite between campaigns.  Along with the talking heads of the mainstream media, the Muslim Ummah weighs in on the candidates, for, against, and abstaining. Every time there's an election you can be sure the battle lines will be drawn. Not Republican vs Democrat, or Libertarian vs Green.  The arg … [Read more...]

“A Smudge on a Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved”

My husband and I just returned from a wake for the father of my husband's best friend. The man who passed away had lived a long and full life, but had declined rapidly over the last two years, finally succumbing to a heart attack. He lingered for a while on life support, and after the family made the painful decision to cease all supportive interventions, he lived a few days longer, passing from this world on Thursday. My husband did the honor of preparing his body for burial and helping the … [Read more...]

Muslim First, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent After

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Of course, the most common water-cooler conversation today is last night's presidential debate.  Common consensus is that Governor Romney brought the battle to President Obama, while the president kind of stunk it up.  The more I watched the debate, the more my own position crystallized.  I'm not voting for either of them.  I'm done. There are those who would criticize me for "abdicating my responsibility" but in an untenable situation, sometimes no action is possible.  If you are standing in fr … [Read more...]

The Religion of One-ism

Facebook mysteriously restored all my old notes to me yesterday.  I now have access to old recipes and stuff I wrote back before I was blogging, or when I was blogging but was too lazy to click over to the other site to post.  This note was one of three I wrote to try to help people approach Islam without the preconceptions that are so common.  There are three notes total so I'll post them individually: I have found that most non-Muslims view Islam through the prism of the mainstream media. Ig … [Read more...]


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