Archive for August 2013

To Those Who Marched Fifty Years Ago: Thank You

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord To those who marched fifty years ago: Thank You. Thank you for your sacrifice on behalf of the civil rights of not just African-Americans, but all Americans. Thank you for your marching on Washington to demand equal rights before the law. Thank you... Read more »

This is the Real Egypt

This is the truth of Egypt that has, unfortunately, been lost in the recent coverage of the horrific civil strife that has gripped the capital and the country in the wake of the July 3 coup. Indeed, there have been – and currently are – violent clashes between supporters of the former President Mohammed Morsi... Read more »

Violence in Egypt: It Can't Be Worth It

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord “You don’t live there, you have no idea what the people are going through. So who are you to comment?” This is the retort of some when I question the wisdom of what has been happening in Egypt over the last several weeks.... Read more »
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An End of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord On the occasion of the end of Ramadan, I offer this prayer to the Beloved Lord my God: Forgive, my Lord, forgive this wretched soul The one, my Lord, who shuddered from fast’s toll Forgive, my Lord, forgive pathetic man The one, my... Read more »

Beloved Lord, Beloved God

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Beloved Lord, Beloved God on High Beloved Lord, without Whose love I die Beloved Lord, Beloved God indeed Your Face and Glory do I always need Beloved Lord, Beloved God so true There is, O Lord, no higher lord than You Your Face,... Read more »

What a Great Pope: Francis and Ramadan

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord This year, Pope Francis decided to personally issue a greeting to the world’s Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, rather than normally having the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issue the statement. It was a truly wonderful message of mutual respect and... Read more »
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My Ramadan Jihad

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord At the beginning of Ramadan, I shared with everyone my internal dialogue about having to fast the long (and frequently hot) days of July. Now that Ramadan is almost over, I must admit that…it has indeed been a struggle. Fasting, to remind everyone,... Read more »