4 Weeks Down

Happy Thursday!!! How have you been? It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Eid. Does it seem to you that this Ramadan went by pretty fast? I don’t know what happened. It seems like just the other day we were ramping up for the first week and now Poof! Its finished. I started this post on Monday, and because the days were super busy preparing for Eid weekend, I didn’t get it published until today.  GO Figure.  I should have… Read more

Reader Response: Advise and Trying to Reach Out

On Monday, I received this letter from M: I recently got engaged to an Arabic muslim man, he was born in Jordan but came to Canada when he was just 5 years old, he basically grew up here, however I can see that he has Arabic culture strongly rooted in him. I myself come from Mexico and just came to canada 7 years ago. Although Canada is a multicultural place mexico is a very Catholic rooted country. I am not… Read more

Ramadan – Day 10 Melatonin & Wheatgrass 

Wow!  There has been a lot going on this last 5 days.  A lot of  stuff publicly, and a lot of stuff at home.  Some that has everything to do with Ramadan, and some that has nothing to do with Ramadan other than being distracting.  :-)  You know how life gets in the way sometimes? Last week both of my contributions to Interfaith Ramadan were published back to back.  On Tuesday, June 23rd, my post, ‘Fasting for Faith’ was shared…. Read more

Ramadan – Day 5

Its midnight here and I’ve been waiting patiently for Kate and Pea to be ready to go to bed.  Alas, they are not.  Not even close to being sleepy.  They are knee-deep in weaving a rainbow loom bracelet to beat ALL rainbow loom bracelets and if they stop now, they will have to start all over tomorrow. This is the second day of the rainbow loom marathon.  They watch youtube videos about new patterns and work diligently to recreate the… Read more

Ho Hum Life Goes On

Hi Friends!  I’ve missed you. Truly.  But I’ve not had much to say these last few months since my post about my 40 Days of Prayer.  Everything here was kinda quiet.  The school year was wrapping up, I was working more and trying to plan for summer.  It was BORING. I started ordering Eid clothes and gifts already.  In fact, some have already arrived!  I’m kinda proud of myself for that.  It seems like I’m in the midst of a… Read more

The Lenten Prayer Experiment

How was Lent for you?  Did you participate in the Eid.Pray.Love Muslims 4 Lent Interfaith movement at all?  Remember back on March 5th when I told you about my plan to not really give anything up, but to focus on meaningful prayer and dialogue with God? Well, this is where I tell you how it went. I noticed a marked difference in my conversations with God.  Instead of praying randomly in the car or in the shower whenever I felt… Read more

The First 14 Days of Lent

I always wanted the comfort of routine tradition.  Not the tradition that locks you into a power struggle, but the tradition that comes from loving something so much that you do it regularly. I would look at the people in my life growing up and see them having a routine tradition.  I would be invited to sample their lives and when immersed in the activity, I could feel that thing that I really wanted.  But that thing that I was… Read more

This week in my islamic life.

On Tuesday this week, I was planning for my meeting with Mr. Fox’s school counselor.  Its time to make the schedule for next year.  I was looking up information on what he should take for his field of study.  I looked at the admission guidelines for the Top Colleges in the US.  I also looked at the admission guidelines for his first choice school.  We’d been discussing all of this since last week. And then when I woke up on… Read more

Tending Babies During Prayer

Did I tell you about that time when a mom asked me to watch her baby during prayer? When my children were very young, we didn’t go to the mosque.  When Mr. Fox was 3, Khaled began taking him to the Eid prayers, but not to Jummah.  Then, as he got older, they would go to Jummah when Khaled had time to come and pick him up beforehand.  The ladies didn’t really start going to the mosque for Jummah until… Read more

Missing Egypt

Back when I was dating Khaled, traveling to Egypt and the Middle East wasn’t on my radar.  I was super excited that I had already travelled to Europe and wanted to plan on doing it again.  I love traveling to Europe and want to go as often as possible. Then we became engaged, all of a sudden Egypt became somewhere on my menu of travel options.  We went overseas together a few months before we married for the first time…. Read more