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Hesham Hassaballa
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Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago-based physician and writer. He has written extensively on a freelance basis and has been published in newspapers across the country and around the world. He has been a Beliefnet columnist from 2001-2009, and has written for the Religion News Service. His articles have been distributed worldwide by Agence Global, and he is also a guest blogger for The Chicago Tribune. In addition, Dr. Hassaballa has appeared as a guest on WTTW (Channel 11) in Chicago, CNN, Fox News, and National Public Radio.

Hesham Hassaballa is co-author of The Beliefnet Guide to Islam (Doubleday), and his essay, "Why I Love the Ten Commandments," was published in the award-winning book, Taking Back Islam (Rodale). His latest book, Noble Brother, is the story of the Prophet Muhammad told entirely in poetry.

In 2007, his blog, God Faith and a Pen, was nominated for a Brass Crescent Award for a blog that is "the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophical, providing the best rebuttals to extremist ideology and making an impact whenever they post." God, Faith, and a Pen has also received an award for being one of the Top Muslim Blogs for 2010 by Awarding The Web.

In addition to writing, Hesham Hassaballa helped found the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and has served on their board of directors. He also co-founded the Bayan H. Hassaballa Charitable Foundation and serves as its executive director.

Works by Hesham Hassaballa
Encountering Reza Aslan's Jesus
Hesham Hassaballa | August 12, 2013
As with many other readers, I took away from the book what I believed about Jesus before......
Fasting: A Remedy for the Soul
Hesham Hassaballa | July 25, 2013
On the surface, fasting nearly seventeen hours daily for Ramadan seems rather insane.......
Why Forgiveness Is God's Greatest Gift to Us
Hesham Hassaballa | May 29, 2013
A Muslim prayer for forgiveness holds the key to the beautiful loving relationship God......
Why Religion and Terrorism Are Opposites
Hesham Hassaballa | April 28, 2013
To be religious, to be close to God, is to understand His love and mercy and the......
When "Standing Up for Jesus Christ" is un-Christian
Hesham Hassaballa | April 11, 2013
Sen. Alan Hays, sponsor of an anti-Sharia bill, told constituents that supporting the......
The Power and Warmth of God's Love
Hesham Hassaballa | February 20, 2013
There is no greater love than the love God has for us, and with His love, everything is......
How the Quran and Islam Honor Mary
Hesham Hassaballa | December 06, 2012
The story of Mary is one spoken with great reverence in the Quran, for she is a woman......
Giving Thanks for a God Who Is Appreciative
Hesham Hassaballa | November 20, 2012
As I reflect on what I have to be thankful for, I think of God and his ninety-nine......
Election 2012: The Defeat of Islamophobia
Hesham Hassaballa | November 13, 2012
It was a decisive loss for hate in the 2012 elections, when key Congressional members of......
Why Do Republicans Dislike Muslims?
Hesham Hassaballa | August 29, 2012
A new poll details unfavorable views of Muslims and Arabs held by Republicans. Is there......
I Fast for Him, and Him Alone
Hesham Hassaballa | July 30, 2012
I do not enjoy fasting for Ramadan in the summer, but I do it because Allah asks me too,......
Wholly American, Wholly Muslim
Hesham Hassaballa | June 28, 2012
What does it mean to be an American Muslim man? Bloggers, dads, social activists,......
Why Hatred of Islam Is Not Logical
Hesham Hassaballa | May 23, 2012
Do the actions of Muslim extremists speak for an entire population?...
Anti-Shariah Bills Cross Faith Lines
Hesham Hassaballa | May 01, 2012
Several states are passing anti-shariah bills. But do they realize how these bills could......
Respect the Hoodie, but Don't Forget the Headscarf
Hesham Hassaballa | April 02, 2012
We are Trayvon Martin. But we are also Shaima Al Awadi, and in light of two horrific......
Why my daughter should have MLK day off
Hesham Hassaballa | January 17, 2012
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Election 2012: A Rough Ride for American Muslims
Hesham Hassaballa | January 16, 2012
By the looks of the Republican primaries, the 2012 presidential elections will be a......
Make Your Personal Hijrah This New Year
Hesham Hassaballa | December 15, 2011
The new year has begun for Muslims, and with it we should strive to make our own......
Giving Thanks through Actions
Hesham Hassaballa | November 23, 2011
Giving thanks for our blessings is not enough. Only by giving back, by helping others,......
Assessing the ummah: What we can learn from Gilad Shalit
Hesham Hassaballa | October 25, 2011
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Profiling: Security and trust, suspicion and scapegoating
Hesham Hassaballa | October 05, 2011
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How the Republican Party Left Me
Hesham Hassaballa | June 21, 2011
The stoking of hatred and fear toward American Muslims by the Republican Party has......
Interfaith understanding: A Muslim at Passover
Hesham Hassaballa | April 22, 2011
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Islamic law in the US: The Sharia within
Hesham Hassaballa | April 04, 2011
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Black History Month: Reflect and reunite
Hesham Hassaballa | February 25, 2011
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The new Egypt: What role will the Brotherhood play?
Hesham Hassaballa | February 04, 2011
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Media: Is there an antidote for anti-Muslim rhetoric?
Hesham Hassaballa | October 11, 2010
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Fasting: Ramadan and God’s love
Hesham Hassaballa | August 11, 2010
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Gender segregation: On second thought…
Hesham Hassaballa | June 16, 2010
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Niqab: Cover up, your hatred is showing
Hesham Hassaballa | May 10, 2010
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The Hutaree: Another man’s freedom fighter
Hesham Hassaballa | April 07, 2010
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Obituary: Remembering Sister Aminah Assilmi
Hesham Hassaballa | March 10, 2010
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Christmas: A Muslim Christmas greeting
Hesham Hassaballa | December 25, 2009
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Elected Muslims: Hard work and an easy smile
Hesham Hassaballa | December 14, 2009
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Eid and Thanksgiving: A beautiful juxtaposition
Hesham Hassaballa | November 25, 2009
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Clothing bans: Burqini blues
Hesham Hassaballa | September 07, 2009
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Hizb-ut-Tahrir: Practicing what they preach?
Hesham Hassaballa | July 27, 2009
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Politics: The elected women of Kuwait
Hesham Hassaballa | June 03, 2009
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NY terror arrests: A more chilling plot?
Hesham Hassaballa | May 29, 2009
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Extremism: Does Islam need a reformation?
Hesham Hassaballa | April 22, 2009
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Darfur: Rallying to the wrong cause
Hesham Hassaballa | March 13, 2009
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Guantanamo detainees: Do not put them to death
Hesham Hassaballa | January 30, 2009
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Christmas: Christ in the Qur’an
Hesham Hassaballa | December 25, 2008
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Hajj 2008/1429: Standing alone among millions
Hesham Hassaballa | December 08, 2008
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Answering atheism: Religion, good and evil
Hesham Hassaballa | October 28, 2008
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Terrorism: The dilemma of the “die-hards”
Hesham Hassaballa | October 08, 2008
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Smoking: A time to kick the habit
Hesham Hassaballa | September 18, 2008
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Free speech: Something better
Hesham Hassaballa | June 20, 2008
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Free will: Alarm over Allam?
Hesham Hassaballa | April 07, 2008
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Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Could a Muslim ever say that?
Hesham Hassaballa | March 22, 2008
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Valentine's Day: A true love story
Hesham Hassaballa | February 14, 2008
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US Elections: Barack’s opportunity
Hesham Hassaballa | January 05, 2008
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Waterboarding: Drowning for justice
Hesham Hassaballa | November 10, 2007
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Movie "Rendition": Nothing ordinary about...
Hesham Hassaballa | October 24, 2007
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Defining sharia: Faithful questions about Islamic law
Hesham Hassaballa | August 10, 2007
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Suicide Terrorism: The betrayal of suicide bombers
Hesham Hassaballa | July 20, 2007
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Modern Islam: The phenomenon of “designer...
Hesham Hassaballa | June 17, 2007
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Extremism among US Muslims: Going after the devil
Hesham Hassaballa | May 28, 2007
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Salt Lake City Murders: Poof! He’s a terrorist!
Hesham Hassaballa | February 16, 2007
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Sectarian Violence in Iraq: Return of the Arabs
Hesham Hassaballa | January 29, 2007
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Reflections: Our real enemy
Hesham Hassaballa | January 04, 2007
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Hajj reflections: Of birth and re-birth
Hesham Hassaballa | December 25, 2006
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Interfaith Understanding: So that you may know one another
Hesham Hassaballa | November 29, 2006
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Muslims Today: For those who are conscious of God
Hesham Hassaballa | November 13, 2006
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Torture and Interrogation: Why we should not torture
Hesham Hassaballa | October 31, 2006
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Concepts of God: God is the king
Hesham Hassaballa | October 22, 2006
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Reflections: God has 99 names
Hesham Hassaballa | October 11, 2006
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Terminology: If not “Islamic fascists,” then...
Hesham Hassaballa | September 30, 2006
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Middle East Conflicts: Another vision of the “new...
Hesham Hassaballa | September 11, 2006
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Middle East Mediation: Time for a new “honest...
Hesham Hassaballa | July 30, 2006
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Sectarian Violence in Iraq: Not in my name
Hesham Hassaballa | July 05, 2006
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Interfaith Relations: Are we really supposed to hate...
Hesham Hassaballa | April 21, 2006
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Apostasy in Islam: Are the scholars the same as God...
Hesham Hassaballa | April 07, 2006
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Apostasy in Islam: Let God be the judge
Hesham Hassaballa | March 31, 2006
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Terminology: In search of the kuffar...
Hesham Hassaballa | March 20, 2006
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Wafa Sultan: A lost opportunity
Hesham Hassaballa | March 14, 2006
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Domestic wiretapping: President Bush and the rule of law
Hesham Hassaballa | February 26, 2006
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Domestic violence: The shame of “honor...
Hesham Hassaballa | January 23, 2006
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Inspiration: Finding wisdom in a Christina Aguilera song
Hesham Hassaballa | January 01, 2006
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Religion and Society: Do we really trust in God?
Hesham Hassaballa | December 19, 2005
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Questioning faith: Is religion bad for the world?
Hesham Hassaballa | December 10, 2005
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: God’s Punishment?
Hesham Hassaballa | November 15, 2005
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Ramadan reflections: Missing the point
Hesham Hassaballa | October 17, 2005
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Muslim civic engagement: Helping others, away from the...
Hesham Hassaballa | October 01, 2005
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: Of Emmitt, Katrina, and Muhammad
Hesham Hassaballa | September 20, 2005
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Hurricane Katrina: All I can say is “Lord help...
Hesham Hassaballa | September 06, 2005
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Extremism: Why did you say that?
Hesham Hassaballa | August 02, 2005
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Apostasy: Are we really supposed to murder apostates?
Hesham Hassaballa | July 20, 2005
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: Say Something Good Or…
Hesham Hassaballa | July 11, 2005
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Integration in France: Should imams in France learn...
Hesham Hassaballa | June 29, 2005
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Reflection: The most profound statement in the...
Hesham Hassaballa | April 27, 2005
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: Muslims And Jews: One Nation Under God?
Hesham Hassaballa | April 12, 2005
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: Standing By My Sister
Hesham Hassaballa | March 07, 2005
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: Not Being Afraid Of “Why?”
Hesham Hassaballa | March 03, 2005
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Community: Do I have “ummah-itis”?
Hesham Hassaballa | February 25, 2005
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Rebuilding Iraq: What if Iraq goes Islamic?
Hesham Hassaballa | February 20, 2005
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: A Despicable Crime, And A Disconcerting Response
Hesham Hassaballa | February 16, 2005
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