January 1, 2020

Spirituality can be a touchy subject. Our relationship with our Creator is such a sensitive thing, with its ups and downs, not to mention its secrets. So many secrets. Each of us messes up, yet somehow, we all manage to convince ourselves that we’re the only ones to ever have screwed up so badly. It’s a perfect formula for hopelessness: to throw in the towel and think, “Why bother trying when God will never forgive me?” I’ve been there. I… Read more

December 27, 2019

I sit here, just reflecting on life during a 16-hour flight to Doha, and then to Bangladesh. There is a sense of helplessness in trusting someone else to take responsibility for your life. We put our faith in the hands of someone else and their capabilities. I heard that an airplane is safer than driving in your own car, though. There, we take the faith of others and try to have faith in others. Many times, neither take responsibility, we… Read more

October 18, 2019

Today I dug out a rose that had been terribly neglected, to transplant.  It was difficult to dig out because it had been there a long time and the roots were very deep. There were branches and a big stone that I had a hard time getting my shovel through. Once I had dug it out, I had a big pot filled with faded sunflowers that I had to dig out also, so that I could place this neglected rose… Read more

September 9, 2019

Whenever I travel by plane, I always look down and see the patches of landscape; sometimes if the plane is flying low enough, you can see the houses and cars. Wherever you go, the architecture is different. I look at all these places, the landscape, the buildings and vehicles. I wonder about all the separate souls who inhabit them. Whenever I travel to various countries—and I have traveled many places—I notice people from all over the world at the airport…. Read more

August 1, 2019

I had a conversation with my daughter in Phoenix the other day about fashion—specifically, the hijab. It was just a normal fashion conversation that could happen between any mother and daughter anywhere in the world. I hadn’t given it much thought until I hung up and started smiling to myself. Suddenly, I realized how bizarre this conversation would probably have sounded to anyone other than the two of us. It was perhaps an everyday conversation between a Muslim mom and… Read more

July 26, 2019

Continuously, the eternal bright sunlight radiates throughout the golden, sunlit forest. The tops of trees shine like tinsel in the sunlight. The shadows are deep, and beneath them, myriads of rays shine through the leaves like prisms. Life is abundant and connected to each other. Trees and plants communicate through roots. Even the rocks are alive. All life is one energy. Each life is unique and separate. All is threaded together with the brilliant light of the Creator. This Creator… Read more

June 13, 2019

Written by Iljas Baker If you must call it a battle, let it be the doctors’ battle; for you, there are the virtues to attend to. Just as we are each unique, so are our illnesses and our responses to them. My symptoms were abdominal pain, flushing, sudden weight loss, and fatigue. A CAT scan a few weeks before Ramadhan in 2014 revealed a large tumour on my small intestine and a large number of smaller tumours on my liver…. Read more

May 28, 2019

I have been jogging since I was 12 years old. It was part of life for me. All of Allah’s beings in unison, and I, an attentive admirer. Every step through the northern breeze brought me one step closer to flying. During my second pregnancy, I tested positive for anti-c antibodies but was never given the medication needed to prevent my own body from destroying the life inside me. By Allah’s grace and several intra-uterine blood transfusions to my baby… Read more

May 21, 2019

Within these past few months, something inside of me has changed. I became a “reborn” Muslim (not that I was not Muslim before). I read Malcolm X and read other books on the Quran.  I embrace every morning now. I embrace the universe and earth. I actually sing in the morning. I tell God how grateful I am that He has given me this life. There are only a few years left that I get to enjoy it. I say… Read more

May 4, 2019

I want to tell you all a beautiful story of something you will probably never hear from the media in any context. I live in Northern Israel surrounded by Arab villages, a wonderful benefit. Here is why (well, one reason): I am privileged to hear early every morning, before the sun rises, one of the most beautiful, holy, and otherworldly sounds one can ever hear. It is so ethereal it becomes an addiction. I must go outside and stand in… Read more

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