Archive for December 2012

"My First Love"

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I first heard the song on the MyJihad website, and I was completely captivated by it. Since then, I have been listening to it again and again. The lyrics are quite profound, taking about a deep love felt for someone: I wanted to go... Read more »

A Merry Muslim Christmas

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved. This appeared today in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. I am a first-generation American Muslim, born of Egyptian parents. Thus, growing up, never once did I decorate a Christmas tree in my house. Never once did I exchange gifts with my family on Christmas Eve or... Read more »

For Those Grieving over Newtown, Hold Their Hand

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on altmuslim.   December is never a good month for my wife and me. Our daughter — who passed away three years ago from cancer — was born on December 30. And so this time of year is always hard. This... Read more »
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My Jihad: Loss and Heartbreak

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This was my contribution to the My Jihad campaign, a national effort spearheaded right here in Chicago, to reclaim the term Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike. Loss and Heartbreak Every day, I get up early in the morning to try to... Read more »

The Virgin Mary: A Woman Like No Other

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on Patheos.   More than two centuries ago, there was a devout woman in Palestine who made an appeal to her Lord: O my Lord! Behold, to You do I vow [the child] that is in my womb, to be devoted... Read more »

Why Do I Do It?

I do it over, and over, and over. I do it again, and again, and again. Ever since our daughter passed away three years ago, I constantly listen to songs that remind me of her; songs that make me think about the way she loved me like no other daughter could; songs that take me... Read more »
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