Posts tagged "death"

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 »

Our Amazing Ability to Forget

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord I have always marveled at the ability of human beings – in the midst of terrible tragedy – to find a way to smile and even laugh. I see this time and again in the ICU: despite the fact that a loved one just... Read more »

A Muslim Celebrates Passover and Easter

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared in Middle East Online. Unfortunately, this year I am not able to take Spring Break off to be with my kids: The demands of the intensive care unit’s patients override my desire to be on vacation. Yet, still, this time of... Read more »
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"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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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My Connection With Rick Santorum

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved I am certain there is a political reason and calculation for Rick Santorum’s decision to drop out of the Presidential race. And, to be sure, I disagree almost completely with Sen. Santorum’s politics and policies. Yet, for a brief moment, I felt connected to... Read more »