Thankful

I am so very thankful. I am so very blessed.  We are healthy, we are happy, we like each other and we love each other.  As I stand here in our kitchen with Khaled,  our family prepares to welcome our friends and family into our home to break bread. I am so thankful.  Today, I pray that no one person is touched by violence.     Thank you to the Indigenous people of America, my European ancestors, my country of origin,… Read more

Reader Response: Is Becoming Muslim the Right Choice?

Monday, I came across this question posted on the About page.  Instead of responding there, I thought to share it here in case any of you have more input. Hi, I have a question. Well you see I’ve been dating this Muslim guy from Pakistan, but I’m not Muslim. I have been learning more about the culture and all. I’m afraid I of what my family will say if they know I may become Muslim. I love him with all… Read more

Happy Halloween!

Its been over a month since I wrote about that man’s t-shirt at the football game. This is what has happened. Read more

Learning to Breathe

These days I’m unsettled.  I feel like we are on the cusp of a major change.  By ‘we’ I mean The World, The United States, Society as a Whole, Islam, My Family, Me. My wise friend, Heather, tells us to breathe through the change but I’m scared of change.  I know it is inevitable, but the unknown is scary.  It is unsettling.  It is dumping everything in the cake pan and hoping it all turns out alright without following the… Read more

Reader Response: My Muslim Boyfriend Broke Up with Me

Happy Monday friends!  This morning when I settled in at my computer to get some work done, I found this letter from a reader. Hey, I recently came across your website and was hoping I could get your opinion or view on some of the stuff that I have going on. My boyfriend of almost 2 years just broke up with me out of no where, he said something about we can never be anything more than we are right… Read more

Re-Post: The Side Entrance of Religion

This piece was published on July15 as part of The Hopscotch Hijabi’s 2015 Interfaith Ramadan Series. credit I am un-mosqued. Every mosque I’ve ever been in feels like a side entrance. It doesn’t matter if we walk through the same door as the men, or sit directly across the latticework barrier from them. To the non-Muslim parent of Muslim children, the mosque feels unwelcome. To be fair, I am also un-churched. Every church I’ve been in since entering my interfaith… Read more

Repost: Uninvited

This post was first published on July 8th as a part of Hindtrospective’s 2015 My Mosque, My Story: A Side Entrance Ramadan If there was ever a time I felt completely at a disadvantage while parenting Muslim children, it is during Ramadan. I am so often embarrassed when we go to the Mosque during Ramadan that I would rather just not go. I am the only non-Muslim that attends Jummah on a regular basis at our Mosque. We go every… Read more

Repost: What I Contribute to Ramadan

This piece was published on June 24 as part of The Hopscotch Hijabi’s 2015 Interfaith Ramadan Series. In 1998, I married a Muslim man. That December I tried to fast Ramadan. I wanted to do that solidarity thing that married people do. I wanted to show Khaled that I was his family. I don’t remember what was happening that day other than it was a Sunday. We might have worked, for some reason we hadn’t spent the majority of the… Read more

Inside an Eid Prayer Service

Last Friday was the Eid Prayer.  As you remember, we’ve been attending our little mosque’s Eid Prayer for several years and each year it the attendance keeps getting larger and larger.  Why?  Well, I think that the community likes to pray behind our Imam.  I also think that they like to pray outside.  I think that our youth group does a really great job of organizing the event, from parking attendants to entertainment and the food. This year, the youth,… Read more

Re-post: Fasting for Faith

This piece was published on June 23 as part of The Hopscotch Hijabi’s 2015 Interfaith Ramadan Series. Fasting For Faith I’ve been thinking a lot about fasting for faith these last few months. The seed was planted last year when my daughters began to get excited about Ramadan approaching. I had never understood it before, this anticipation. To me, Ramadan was all about hardship. Fasting. Feeling sick and tired. Pushing yourself to the limits. Giving up and giving away. But… Read more

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