A Tasty Meal of Human Flesh

It's been quite a weekend in our house.  I'm recovering from a nasty sinus infection, trying to remember to take my antibiotics at the right time and still getting another head cold on top of that.  I hate dosing myself with medicine because then all I want to do is sleep.  Sleep or sniffle, sniffle or sleep.  Finally, alhamdulillah, I'm getting over the worst of it.  I can feel the phlegm in my chest wanting to come out and all I can envision is that gross little cartoon character on the Muci … [Read more...]

Think Globally, ACT Locally. If you can’t help there, help here

What do you do when you can't do anything?I have so many friends who are watching the horrendous violence unfold in Syria.  We feel helpless, voyeurs to massacre on the other side of the world, but as close as our hi-def big-screen TVs.  What can we do?  What can I do?  What can anyone do?This is always the question.  I saw hungry children in Africa.  What can I do?  I watched a story about child prostitutes in Thailand.  What can I do?  I saw Israeli tanks blasting chunks out of a buildi … [Read more...]

Just Another Honor Killing in the News

Today a Canadian court delivered a guilty verdict in the prosecution of Mohammed Shafia for the “honor murders” of his three teenage daughters and first wife. Once again Islam is in the spotlight as the acts of three ignorant people cast a horrible light on the religion they profess, Islam. Okay, just so we're clear here. There is NO place in Islam for so-called “honor killings”. Honor killings are murder, plain and simple, and anyone who tries to claim that they are condoned by Muslims or by … [Read more...]

The Perfect Muslimah

 The perfect Muslimah.  She is shy and retiring.  She covers from head to toe in voluminous black clothing, uncovering nothing of her face and only one eye to see her way on the road.  She walks silently and with gaze downcast.  She avoids talking and laughing so as not to allow the sound of her voice to fall within the hearing of a non-related man.  She keeps to the shadows, emerging from her home only rarely.  She allows her husband to shop for food, clothing, and other necessaries so … [Read more...]

The Elephant in the (Prayer) Room 2

So, now that we know that domestic violence is not allowed in Islam, what do we do about it?  Well, if I were Empress of the World, I would make proclamations and put up signs on every street corner making it a crime for a man to hit a woman.  I would put on TV programs 24/7 to teach the truth of Islam and make it required for men and women to watch and learn.  I would require every Muslim man and every Muslim woman to write an essay on "Why we don't smack each other around" in order to make su … [Read more...]

The Elephant in the (Prayer) Room

So this morning I'm dragging my way through the morning routine, waiting for the coffee to brew, helping the kids find socks and reminding the two elementary school boys that yes, they do have to wear underwear as they are dressing for school.  I was up way too late last night.  It seems my husband and I have our best discussions late at night, after the kids are in bed and the house has finally settled down to silence.  We talk about everything from the trivial to the profound, and since he's go … [Read more...]

Merry Happy Christmas Hanukkah Festivus New Year Diwali Secretaries’ Day!

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Salaam Alaikum,Merry Christmas.  Happy New Year.  Feliz Navidad.  Happy Hanukkah.  Happy Festivus (for the rest of us).  Merry FSM Day (Google it).So many holidays, so much HARAAAAAAAM!Since I basically live on Facebook, it is my window to the world.  Most of my Facebook friends are Muslim, and a whole lot of my world was busy telling the rest of my world, in BLARING I'M SHOUTING AT YOU, YOU IGNORANT PERSON CAPS, that they were committing a sin by - snorting heroin?  smoking crack … [Read more...]

How Dare I Impose My Beliefs on Others ?

 Okay, after I frantically deleted a raft of comments from my blog (positive, negative, and caramel-covered nutball), I felt a lot better and more at ease.  I didn't want my comments section to blow up into a holy war Islamophobe-fest.  There are so many nice, thoughtful Muslims and non-Muslims - including you, Lew - but there are some instigators whose only desire is to foment hate, and I have neither the time nor desire to run herd on a hundred comments after a busy day of running h … [Read more...]

The Benevolent Dictator – No, Not Kim Jung Il, ME

As Salaamu Alaikum and good morning all.  It's about 9 am here in Virginia.  Kids are off to school, smaller ones are ensconced in front of the TV watching cartoons.  The cats are milling about hoping someone drops a frosted flake on the floor.  I am here this morning to confess to being a really disorganized person.   It affects all areas of my life.  I start something, forget what I was doing, go back later and have to start again.  I do it with this blog, too.  Sometimes I'll post more than on … [Read more...]

Sometimes, a Cucumber is Just a Cucumber

I don't get out much.  Happens when you're a work-at-home mom of five children, three cats, and one Egyptian hubby who loves my home cooked food.  Much of the information I get about the 'outside world' comes from TV and my Facebook feed.  A few days ago my wall started lighting up with stories about a sheikh - still unidentified and possibly imaginary - who supposedly said that female Muslims should not be allowed to handle cucumbers, zucchini, or other phallic produce.  It was one of those sou … [Read more...]


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