Archive for March 2012

Friday Sermon Series: The Scourge of Domestic Violence

In the Name of the Beautiful, Compassionate, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I have been blessed to give the sermon during Friday prayer services from time to time. I will reproduce them here and include them on a new web page seen above. I gave this sermon after a Muslim woman was beheaded by her... Read more »

Of Jesus Christ, God, Allah, and...Rick Santorum (Again)

In the Name of the Beautiful, Gracious, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved Last Sunday, a pastor in central Louisiana, Rev. Dennis Terry, introduced Rick Santorum in his church, and he said this (among many other things): I don’t care what the liberals say; I don’t care what the nay-sayers say, this nation was founded as... Read more »

A Backwards View of Honor

In the Name of the Beautiful, Most Gracious, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved All around the world, people – many of them women, and sadly, many of them Muslim women – are murdered for the sake of “honor.” Although some claim that this is a specifically “Muslim” problem, the crime of “honor killings” cuts across... Read more »
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Sharia Law in Action: The Outrage Over Moroccan Law

In the Name of the Kind, Beautiful, Most Gracious, and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved There has been a continuous hysteria in several states about the threat of “Sharia law” to the United States. In fact, South Dakota just passed a law that says “No such court may apply international law, the law of any foreign nation, or... Read more »

A Teachable Moment

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful The horrific murders of innocent Afghan villagers by a US soldier this past weekend has prompted the rightful condemnation of officials and leaders, including our own President who said the killings were “outrageous and unacceptble.” He also said: “The United States takes this as seriously as... Read more »

"How to Save a Life"

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful One of the most popular songs by the American band, The Fray, is “How to save a life.” According to lead singer Isaac Slade, he wrote it in response to his difficulty reaching a troubled teen. When I first heard it, I thought it was... Read more »
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My Personal 9/11

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Many of my posts – past and future – hinge around a very significant event in my life: my personal 9/11. It is recounted below for my Chicago Now blog. I penned this June 12, 2009: June 7, 2009 will forever be burned in my... Read more »

My Enormous Respect for Garry McCarthy

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Last night, I attended the 2012 annual banquet for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. It was a wonderful event, featuring many important guests, including Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who was awarded for his work on immigration and social justice. One... Read more »