What Are the Limits of Friendship with Non-Muslims?

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the MercifulPeace be upon you, and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings.Howdy all!  It is Saturday, February 13.  And you know what that means - only two days until all that Valentine's candy goes on sale!  Whoooo!But seriously, folks. Today's video blog (does anyone else really, really hate the term "vlog".  Hate it.  Hate, hate hate it.) covers the topic of non-Muslim friends.  Are we even allowed to have non-Muslim friends?  Well, the short ans … [Read more...]

From Feeling the Heat, To Basking in the Warmth

On November 17, members of the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg held a public meeting to discuss plans for building a new mosque in a somewhat rural area of Spotsylvania County. Trustee Samer Shalaby, an engineer as well as the mosque representative, presented designs to a packed house and tried to deal with traffic concerns. Partway through the meeting, a man interrupted and spewed vitriolic Islamophobic rhetoric. He drew some approving applause from some in the crowd, sadly, and due to the … [Read more...]

A Couple of Periscope Broadcasts (Videos)

As Salaamu Alaikum and hello all.  I hope you are having / have had a blessed Jumuah.  I am posting here a couple of videos I'd like you to take a look at.  One I did yesterday afternoon.  It was a short Q&A about Islam.  A young lady from Turkey asked some pointed questions about Islam and her attitude is that she wants Islam to be eliminated from Turkey.  She said that she herself is Muslim so of course you can see that she is confused.  I engaged her in the first video, then I did another … [Read more...]

My Bid to Take Over All Social Media – Periscope

As Salaamu Alaikum and hello all!  Well, just when I thought I was all caught up with my social media presence, the Interwebs goes ahead and invents something new!  About four months ago, Twitter created a new app called Periscope.  It is a live-streaming app that allows you to just say hello to the world on the spur of the moment.  'Scopes can range from the trivial - "I'm Bored, Ask Me Anything" - to the educational.  And of course you have to be careful not to stumble upon anything inap … [Read more...]

Restarting in Safe Mode

That's me, right there. You know how sometimes your computer goes on the fritz (okay, maybe not you Mac people), and then when it reboots it will tell you, “Computer did not shut down normally”. It will give you the option of restarting in normal mode or in “safe” mode. Safe mode is where you run essential services until you can figure out what is wrong. Well, I think I've been running in safe mode for most of the last three decades. And I'm 48. Yeah. My parents divorced when I was around fourte … [Read more...]

How did it get to be almost Ramadan already? I ain’t ready!

  There's a rumor going around that Ramadan is approaching. Less than a month and we will embark on our marathon month of fasting. This is the time of year that I contemplate moving to South Africa for thirty days. The summer will be just about to get into full swing in the northern hemisphere by the time we start fasting around June seventeenth, while my friends on the south end of the planet are about to enter winter, with short days and long nights. Around where I live, sunrise will be … [Read more...]

I Almost Forgot It’s Prom Season…. A Little Tough Love and Realness in One Sentence

One sentence:  It is not permissible for Muslim young men and women to attend prom.   Okay, that's it, bye, see you tomorrow! What?  Oh, you want more?  What's my daleel (proof)?  Well, if you want the long version.... I totally forgot it's prom season.  My son is only 15 and is at this point in his life is blissfully oblivious to all that stuff (thanks online games!).  One of my FB friends shared a picture of a young lady in a very fancy long dress that did cover her in the same manne … [Read more...]

Do not apologize for sticking to your guns and having standards

My Muslim brothers and sisters, do NOT apologize for living according to Islam. I have had people try to make me feel guilty for saying "50 Shades of Grey" is smut, and that I should not judge because I had not read the book or seen the movie. If you are not Muslim and you are my Facebook friend or you follow me so that you see some of what I write, you do need to be aware that as a practicing Muslim I am pretty conservative, especially in regards to things that are considered mainstream here … [Read more...]

Give up something forbidden for Allah’s sake

Okay, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, I'm going to write about a topic that many of you will feel conflicted about.  It's TV.  Ah, the television, that miracle window into a wider world.  Most homes in the US have more than one TV, and oftentimes we have it on from daybreak until bedtime. Muslims watch TV.  Okay, no problem.  There's news (though usually biased against Muslims, it can be useful sometimes).  There's sports, there's food television, there are nature programs.  There are actua … [Read more...]

Why does the menstruating woman not pray or fast? A personal and practical possible answer

As Salaamu Alaikum. I have had some Muslim friends asking questions about certain rules and regulations in Islam. Specifically, it was asked "Why don't we women pray or fast during our menses?".Now, the short answer to that is "God said so". It is agreed upon by all the scholars that the teachings in the Qur'an and in the Sunnah (the way of Prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) indicate that women are not to pray or to fast when they are on their menstrual cycle. We … [Read more...]