September 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, I received a private message on the My Islamic Life FB page.  This customer was looking for an Origami Owl locket and some custom plates for her locket.  She had many questions about the locket size, what the plates looked like, how many charms could each locket hold, and what she could have written on the plates. I do not sell Origami Owl Lockets.  Luckily, I’ve got a friend who does.  Nina and I have worked… Read more

September 5, 2014

I love shopping for school supplies.  I do.  I love new paper, new folders, cute binder clips, gel pens, colored pencils and the perfect #2 pencil.  I love new lunch boxes and new locker locks.  I love it all, just as long as I can shop when no one is in the store, and by myself.  This year school shopping was a GIANT headache.  I took the children to the store without Khaled this time because I knew it was… Read more

August 21, 2014

No matter how often I fold them and tuck them away in the bag I have set aside for their containment…this is what ends up happening. We are talking about Hijab Storage Problems. Read more

August 14, 2014

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 friends and relatives, including a brother in Toledo.  – Aya Khalil,   The fighting continues on even today in Egypt as the world looks elsewhere…. Read more

August 13, 2014

There are times that I question my reasoning for writing this blog.  I wonder if anyone reads?  I wonder if it is serving a purpose?  I wonder if I’m being vain …who do I think I am?  Who cares about my life?  Am I tempting fate by telling you about it?   Then, I received this email.  I’ve gotten similar emails before, and they usually arrive just when I’ve started to second guess myself. This time, I asked the writer’s… Read more

August 7, 2014

We attended every community iftar at our home mosque. After the first success of the month, we thought that maybe it would be okay this year. After that first time, the Aunties and the nieces recognized me and didn’t question if I belonged. They just gave me jobs to do and let me help set up the tables. Read more

July 18, 2014

I don’t share every little bit of my life here, but I do share the most Islamic portions with the hope that I can help someone, in some way. Read more

July 8, 2014

I guess during all of my preparations for Ramadan, there was this nagging doubt.  This anxiety that wouldn’t go away.  I had attributed it to the fact that during Ramadan, we seldom leave the house.  I passed it off as concern about the long days that my people would be fasting.  I told myself that it was me, being worried about my ability to take care of them – in the way I wanted to do so. Ramadan began, for… Read more

June 25, 2014

T-3 Days Until Fasting Commences! Preparations for Ramadan have been on my mind since early April.  Why? Well, because in April I started planning for summer camps and different appointments.  I’ve made the mistake of scheduling soccer camp during Ramadan. I learned the hard way not to plan anything strenuous during this month.  Yes, I know there are athletes who maintain their fast while in competition, Olympic athletes who deferred their fast,  there are teams who adjust for Ramadan.  Even… Read more

June 16, 2014

Every year, I buy an Islamic themed t-shirt for my people for Eid.  In 2013, I bought these styles.  I see a lot of kids running around in the community with cute t-shirts that say something positive about being Muslim, or something related to Islam.  I don’t know if my children will ever wear their shirts out in public.  They usually end up as pajamas.  Its okay though.  I do this to be supportive.  I do this so that they… Read more

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