How The Barbarians of ISIS Violate The Teachings Of Islam

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I came across a great piece in Time Magazine by Sohaib Sultan, the Muslim chaplain at Princeton University and Director of the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life, which highlights how ISIS violates the teachings of Islam and the Prophet... Read more »

Jews and Muslims Don't Have To Be Divided

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I came across this article in the New York Times about the executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations), Jacob Bender, who is Jewish. This passage of the article struck me the most: Mr. Bender offered... Read more »

An End Of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Beautiful Beloved Lord My God: The month of Ramadan is coming to a close, and I cannot hide anything from You: Yes, I feel a lot of happiness. I am happy that I can eat and drink again during the day, and I’m... Read more »
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Don't Justify Hatred Of Jews By Using The Word of God

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord The war in Gaza has been horrific, and I decry the loss of innocent life, whatever the religion or ethnic background. I pray that, as the blessed month of Ramadan comes to close, so does the violence that has terrorized too many innocent... Read more »

How Ramadan Helped Make Me A Soccer Fan

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Growing up, I never really liked soccer. I had played it at the age of nine for one year and hated the experience (probably because I was so bad at it). So, when the World Cup started, I had an aloof interest but... Read more »

Remembering My Angel, Five Years On

In the Name of God: The Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved It is truly amazing that it has been five years; five years since the horrific day that my daughter passed away. So much has happened since then…so many good things. I have been blessed with many happy moments and events, and for these, to... Read more »
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"Is There A Hesham Here?...Your Mom Says To Call Her"

In The Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I was sixteen. I had taken my brother and my cousins (who lived two doors down the street) to the local Taco Bell for some lunch and hanging out. We were all having a great time when an employee shout out in the... Read more »

Weighed Down by Grief Over She Who Is 'Weightless'

In the Name of God: The Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord I first heard it while listening (for the tenth time) to Disney’s “Pirate Fairy” movie in the car. Towards the end of the film, they play Natasha Bedingfield’s song “Weightless,” and it is a very catchy tune. I looked up the lyrics, and... Read more »

Muslims Are No More Terrorists than Chicagoans Are Violent

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Chicago has gotten very bad press this past week: At least nine people were killed and at least 36 wounded in Chicago over the Easter weekend, prompting a newly formed federal unit to step in to help tackle the city’s pervasive culture of... Read more »
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A Muslim's Disappointment in Noah: The Film, Not the Prophet

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I waited for the film “Noah” to come out with much anticipation, but also with mixed feelings. I really wanted to see it, but I am very sensitive to portrayals of Prophets on stage and on screen, because these are very sacred, special... Read more »