February 16, 2019

Ever since I was a child, I used to hear the sermons trying to instill the ‘fear of God’ in me, whereby the Imams will warn us to be straight or else! Decades later, as I started to study the Qur’an myself, the kind and forgiving nature of God became so apparent making me wonder why the focus of the clerics was so much on the wrath of God. I would hear multiple times ‘the correct way’ to greet, the… Read more

February 8, 2019

My family was involved in a very difficult decision making process last week, when after days of going back and forth, we decided to remove life support from my youngest sister’s husband. This was probably the hardest decision making process I was ever a part of. I knew it would be tough, I just didn’t realize how much. I have avoided sharing my personal or family life on my blog. I will make some references to the medical and religious… Read more

January 27, 2019

What does it mean to be a Muslim? Sometimes Muslims themselves ask the same question among themselves. You may know about the 5 pillars of Islam but what does it really mean to be a Muslim from a practical point of view? And what does it mean to be a “good” Muslim? The image of a “good” Muslim is often one of a bearded man or a Hijabi woman praying 5 times a day and fasting all month during Ramadan…. Read more

January 22, 2019

Earlier today, 4 young men were charged in Greece, upstate New York in a plot to kill a Muslim community named Islamberg. The NY police seized 23 guns and homemade hand grenades from them who hail from the Rochester area. No terrorism charges have been filed, which is to be expected. After all the alleged criminals were Non Muslims white males plotting to kill a Muslim community, not the other way around. And so far there is not much news… Read more

January 19, 2019

As we prepare for the Martin Luther King Day in a couple of days, the Muslims need to use this as an opportunity to reflect upon Dr. King’s legacy as well as Islam’s teachings on race and diversity. Even though Dr. King was an ordained Christian minister, his views and teachings on love, race, justice and diversity are practically the same as Islamic teachings, as I explained below. Dr. Martin Luther King not only fought for racial equality, he also… Read more

January 11, 2019

Following my last post, I had a brief chat via text messaging with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, which I will share below. My last post on Rashida Tlaib using the MF word drew sharp reaction, both positive and negative. Ironically the harshest criticism came from folks who I consider “friends”, calling me misogynist and Trump supporter among other things. As a Muslim blogger, I get sharp criticism from time to time, mostly from the extreme right wing. I have come to… Read more

January 9, 2019

One of the two Muslim women in the US Congress, Rashida Tlaib cursed President Donald Trump when she ended her desire to impeach Trump with an expletive. “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf****er.” As much as I love and support her, she crossed the line and is rightfully getting flak from the Republicans and some Democrats as well. She later apologized- for the ‘distraction’ but not for the curse words. She had taken pride to be the… Read more

December 31, 2018

As we approach 2019, we are busy wishing each other happy new year. But what does “happy” really mean? Better job, prosperity, good health, good education for our children are certainly among them. But do we also think beyond our own selves, friends and families when wishing a happy new year? In addition to wishing you all a happy new year in the traditional sense, following are my additional wishes for 2019 (and beyond). Hope you will pardon me for… Read more

December 29, 2018

One of my life-long dreams came true at the Sunni-Shia Unity Conference to launch efforts to promote Intra-Faith dialogue on December 15, when a group of dedicated local Muslims came together at a local Islamic center in San Jose, CA under the auspices of the Intra-Faith Committee of Northern California Islamic Council. The conference was a result of months of background work by the committee I was fortunate to lead. We have one goal- to bring Muslims from all sects… Read more

December 21, 2018

As we approach Christmas, Muslims are often asked if they celebrate Christmas. Some Muslims even question themselves whether they are allowed to wish “Merry Christmas” to their Christian friends and colleagues. Some equate the secular celebrations with Christianity. Several years ago, as I was hanging Christmas lights over my garage, one of my relatives baffled me when she asked, “Are you a Christian now?” To start off, Muslims believe Jesus did exist! This may be somewhat reassuring to the Christians… Read more

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