Posts in category "Reflections"

"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 »

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 »

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 »
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Unspeakable Barbarism

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord This attack is personal. I was blessed to finish the 2010 Chicago Marathon in honor of my daughter, who had passed away the year before. It was one of the happiest moments of my entire life. Thus, whenever I see, or hear about, or... Read more »

The Constant Visitor

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved True it is that I have no role In treatment course so wisely devised Indeed I do not even possess a soul Still I pray thee make perception revised I am neither cold, nor hard of heart Though thus it may seem to untrained... Read more »

HABEMVS PAPAM

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I join the rest of the world – Catholic and non-Catholic – Christian and non-Christian – in congratulating the Catholic Church on electing their new Pontiff, Pope Francis I. May the Lord our God guide him to all that is right and good in... Read more »
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Your Glory Will Be Shouted

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I penned this poem in honor of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, which was on January 24. On This Day You Were Sent For Me To Reflect God’s Light On Our Path On This Day, There Is Great Felicity And Not One Jot Or Tittle... Read more »

Don't Let Go of Your "First Love"

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved As I continue to listen to “Lullabies” by Muslim singer/songwriter Yuna, there is more to this song than is first revealed. Indeed, on the surface, she sings about a love that she could not have: I wanted to go away with you, and I... Read more »

All About Abraham

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved The sun was searing as the wind howled and burned the eyes and face. There was not a person in sight as the man, with wife and newborn child, walked along the barren plain. After a long journey, the man stopped, unpacked some food... Read more »
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One of the Happiest Days Of My Life

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This Sunday, 45,000 people will run the Chicago Marathon. Two years ago, on 10/10/10, I was blessed to complete the Chicago Marathon in honor of my late daughter, who passed away the year before, after a hard-fought battle against lymphoma. It was one of... Read more »