The question seems innocuous at first.  A way to make polite conversation, an opener to get to know someone better.  Every Ramadan since 1998, I have been asked this same question by people who know me, and people who are complete strangers.  Women, children and men.  I even found myself asking a friend this question, out of care for her in her new marriage to her Muslim husband.  Wanting to find a way of supporting her and maybe finding another… Read more

After a busy week sewing and painting, along with general family keeping and the beginning of Ramadan Fasting, Friday night brought on a baking frenzy that lasted just shy of 2 hours.      I made German Chocolate Cupcakes for the neighbors.  Yes, it was a store-bought mix and frosting, but I tweaked the cake a little by using an extra egg and milk instead of water.  That made them super light and airy.  Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.     Then we decided to make… Read more

I’ve started a file of bookmarks to sites that sell cute and trendy modest clothing so that when my ladies get older and start needing clothing that I can’t find at the local Macys I have the info. So far I have :The Rebirth of Chic and Shukr. I also have Coolibar for bathing suits. Where do you find your modest clothing? Read more

The first Ramadan in our new home, our neighbors introduced us to the tradition of sharing food with the Muslim families closest to you.  Every couple of days, we would send the posse with a dish to their house, and then a few days later a dish would come back to us.  This lasted all the way through the Fasting, ending the night before Eid.   Then our neighbors moved, and eventually the home was inhabited once again.  Spring of 2009,… Read more

Have you ever had to deal with Racism on a personal level?  Had you ever, in the furthest reaches of your imagination, thought that by being with the man you love, you would have to deal with people hating you because of your skin? About a month ago, I ‘overheard’ someone who I am acquainted with, make a racial slur in regards to a White/Christian woman who is married to an Arab/Muslim man.  My acquaintance is a highly educated, well written,… Read more

The other day we were watching ‘This Old House’ wherein they have a segment in which they try to guess what a crazy looking tool thing is used for and why. That got me thinking about all the new stuff that entered my life after meeting Khaled, marrying Khaled, and shopping in Middle Eastern shops and learning how to cook Egyptian foods. Today, I give you this! What do you think it’s used for and why? If you have something… Read more

  So, since my last major post last week, quite a few things have happened.  First, we were graciously featured by my long-time friend, Magda on her parenting blog AskMoxie.  Magda and I have known each other since waaaay back when, and she’s been a mentoring guide in the startup of My Islamic Life.  So, *hugs* Magda!    A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I stopped off at the local library to pick up Nurture Shock and another book that… Read more

Today is Friday, and it’s the day of Jummah prayer.  I was reading this morning and I came across this section in the book where the author explains what the call to prayer means.  Then I remembered explaining this same thing to my mom last week when I took her to prayer.  Before I get the pancakes made, I wanted to share this with you. Allahu Akbar! (God is most great.) Allahu Akbar! (God is most great.) Ash-haduan la illaha il-Allah!… Read more

Yesterday, I was listening to one of the many podcasts I subscribe, when one of the contributors had this to say: “Secrecy, is isolating.  What if you couldn’t find anybody to talk with or good resources to explore, before taking the jump?”  Now, the podcast was on a completely different topic, but this statement resounded with me.  What if you had someone in a relationship like yours that you could have talked to before getting married? I remember after getting… Read more

I went through the comment settings and fixed it so you don’t have to log a name and email every time you want to say something. It would still be good to know who you are, so make sure you sign your name.  I still have to approve them all, because I don’t really want hate mail or spam.  That’s not why we are here, and I don’t want you to have to read that. Salam Read more

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