Being content with what I have

So, we live in a roomy suburban house in Virginia.  We have a big yard, albeit one that has sandy rocky soil that can only support moss and anthills.  One one side we have a small forest.  On the other,  a sloping hollow that gathers leaves and children's toys.  The house needs some work, and this year we may be in a position to be able to do some stuff.  But as we talk about adding on a few bedrooms, I find myself feeling guilty about the size of my house relative to the modest abodes that so ma … [Read more...]

Hmm, Where is that Husband of Mine?

My husband is Arab.  He's Egyptian, to be precise.  He has many good characteristics, but being on time is not one of them.  Over the years he has eaten many meals that were old and cold because he told he he'd be home for dinner at early o'clock and then he actually arrived at half past wife ticked off.  Even calling him to remind him doesn't always work.  I'm sure many of my friends who are married to Arab guys can sympathize.  "I'm five minutes from home" means he is halfway across town.  "I'm … [Read more...]

Are Chicken Livers Too Controversial to Blog About?

So, it's been a while since I've written a blog post. Life has been keeping me busy. Most of my input into the online world has been in the form of quick Facebook status updates. Drive-by posting on the way downstairs to work or in the evenings after the kids are in bed, with guilty stops in during the day when I'm supposed to be doing my ebay stuff. My mind has been full of the trivia of daily life, and I've not been able to really get emotionally connected to a lot of the stories coming across … [Read more...]

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...]



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


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...]