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  When I started writing this blog, it was with the hopes that it would be a touchstone for people like me, searching for a source of support in this wonderful, exciting, challenging and often lonely journey of being in an interfaith relationship with a Muslim spouse. A source of comfort and a place for [Read More…]

Proof of God; Defining Moments

It seems to me that the 2016 election will be one of those defining moments in history, much like Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 or Rabaa. There will be the time before…and the aftermath. The United States will be forever changed. The world as we know it will be forever changed. Our children and grandchildren will [Read More…]

My Journey with The Story of God

“You said you prayed about it. I know your husband and children are Muslim, but what religion are you?” She asked. “Its complicated,” I said, “I’m on a journey and I don’t quite know where it will lead.” My mother grew up in a Catholic family. She and her 5 brothers and sisters went to [Read More…]

Election Self Care

There are two weeks left until the election. 2 weeks It will be wracked with heightened emotions and gut wrenching feelings. If the democrat wins, it is a monumental occasion, not only have democrats maintained the White House, but for the first time, girls all over the United States will see that they truly can [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

The Year of Mourning, Remembering Maged

One year ago today started the year of mourning.  In Islam, we are permitted 3 days of mourning outwardly.  Privately, the mourning never ends. An Egyptian doctor who was shot and killed by security forces while volunteering at a field hospital during the Aug. 14 massacre in Cairo was remembered as a quiet hero by [Read More…]

Mourning from Overseas

We are a family in mourning. I am a woman in mourning. As a child growing up Christian in the Mid West, at an appropriate age I was indoctrinated in the rituals of mourning. Your loved one dies.  Everyone gathers in a central location.  People bring food.  They call on the phone.  They come over [Read More…]

Converting

Converting to a new religion is really difficult. We are carrying so much baggage that no one born into the religion will ever understand, even the “born-again” Muslims (for a lack of better wording). They think they do, they think they have all the answers, they think they are helping us, but honestly, they will [Read More…]