Posts tagged "child"

Remembering My Angel, Five Years On

In the Name of God: The Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved It is truly amazing that it has been five years; five years since the horrific day that my daughter passed away. So much has happened since then…so many good things. I have been blessed with many happy moments and events, and for these, to... Read more »

I Would Do It If I Could...

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord So many songs, throughout the ages, have had verses saying that they would “walk 1,000 miles” to do this or that. In the song, “Hey There, Delilah,” the narrator sings: “A thousand miles seems pretty far/But they’ve got planes, and trains, and cars/I’d walk... Read more »

"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 »
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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 »

Forever "Abu Bayan" (Bayan's Dad)

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved ON June 1, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our son, Zacharia Hesham Hassaballa. It was a very happy day for the both of us. I pray that the Precious Beloved protects him, blesses him, and makes him a force... Read more »

Friday Sermon: The Test of the Beautiful

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This was the sermon I gave in Friday prayer services today: In the seventh verse of the eighteenth chapter of the Quran, it states: Behold, We have willed that all beauty on earth be a means by which we put humanity to a test,... 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 »