August 15, 2018

Most of our 5-day stay in Medina was spent in and around the Masjid Al Nabawi. But we did take trips to the outskirts to visit some historic sites. Our group took a bus trip to visit the other holy sites around Medina. I have included some old pictures of the ancient cemetery of Baqih and Masjid al Quba, and the videos of where the famous battle of Uhad took place. Contrary to the poplar belief, the Masjid al Nabawi… Read more

August 14, 2018

This is part 2 of reliving my Hajj pilgrimage last year to commemorate the 10 days of Hajj. This post is about the mosque of the Prophet and Baqih- the ancient cemetery in Medina. After long and tiring flights from San Francisco to Abu Dhabi to Jeddah, we took another flight to Medina several days before the actual Hajj was to begin. We arrived in the City of the Prophet around 10:30 PM, some 30 hours after leaving home. The… Read more

August 13, 2018

Off to Perform Hajj- The Trip of My Life Millions of  Muslims around the world have embarked on the trip of their life to perform Hajj. Last year around this time, I was getting ready to leave home to do the same. And I made an attempt to publish as many posts while I was there. The great memories are still fresh in my mind and are getting a boost from looking at the pictures and videos from Mecca and… Read more

August 12, 2018

Marijuana use has been steadily increasing in America. In fact Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.[1] Recreational use of Marijuana is now legal in 9 states and medical Marijuana has been legalized in 30 states. But does the legalization means it is safe to use? How do the medical communities in the field of addiction medicine and NIH have to say about its use? And what do the Bible and the Qur’an say about… Read more

August 4, 2018

Do you see dwindling attendance at your church, mosque, synagogue, temple and other places of worship? If you do, you are not alone. A growing number of Americans are leaving the religion of their parents, according to many studies. How can we prevent this trend? Well we can’t prevent it unless we know why they are leaving. So let’s get down to it. Not only the number of church and mosque goers is dwindling, but as to who is not… Read more

July 31, 2018

When did we find out that plants have male and female parts, and that they reproduce sexually? The Qur’an has made some startling statements regarding the sexuality of the plant kingdom. As I started the in-depth study of the Qur’an some 20 years ago, I came across a passage about the plant kingdom that really caught my attention. He Who has made for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has enabled you to go about therein by roads… Read more

July 26, 2018

You are a hungry observant Muslim looking for a halal food restaurant and you see a sign for Kosher food. Would you eat it?  You are an observant hungry Jew, looking for Kosher food and see a sign for Halal food. Would you eat it? What are the Muslims suppose to do when they can only find kosher items? What are Jews supposed to do when they can only find halal food? Can the Muslims eat kosher food and can… Read more

July 24, 2018

The Jews and Christians are very familiar with the Ten Commandments. I had published a post as to why Muslims believe the Ten Commandments are very Islamic as well as a set of Ten powerful lessons in one chapter in the Qur’an. Recently I came across another set of ten verses that have been dubbed ‘The Ten Moral Commandments” in the Qur’an by Solomon Nigosian, a historian and a research associate at the Victoria College, University of Toronto, that revolve… Read more

July 20, 2018

Like most Muslims, I believe Jesus was taken up to heaven and will return before the Day of Judgment to bring peace and justice to the world. I often wonder if I am lucky enough to ever meet him, and have the honor and opportunity to talk to him (which frankly speaking I don’t qualify for but it is OK to dream, I guess), I would like to ask him some questions. Of course I would first like to kiss… Read more

July 16, 2018

Are Muslims really forbidden to have friendship with Jews and Christians? A careful review of the verse in the Qur’an that is used to support it, along with other passages allowing interfaith marriages and sharing meals, would reveal the true picture. In a verse that has been flashed on TV screens and is equally misused by critics of the Qur’an, as well as by Muslims themselves, Muslims are supposedly forbidden to have “friendship” with Jews and Christians. Let me first… Read more

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