Category: Reflections

A Plea For Respect Of The Sacred

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved Here we go again. The ugly film that was produced attacking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) set off a wave of protests all across the Muslim-majority world. While there may be a number of socio-political, geo-political, and other reasons to explain the outbreak of violence,... Read more »

There's Nothing We Can't Do

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved At long (very, very long) last, today is the last day of Ramadan. Tomorrow morning, I plan to – God willing – enjoy my first cup of coffee in the daylight hours since July 19. To say that I am not happy would be lying... Read more »

Of "Obamacare" and Medicine

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I can say that I am nothing short of totally shocked that the Supreme Court largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare.” With the rightward shift of the Court, I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the health care law 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 »

When A Star Passes On

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Whitney Houston was laid to rest today in a star-studded funeral in her hometown in New Jersey. I still remember precisely where I was when the news first broke that she had passed away: in my parents kitchen. I was truly shocked, not the least... Read more »