Posts tagged "loss"

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 »

Weighed Down by Grief Over She Who Is 'Weightless'

In the Name of God: The Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord I first heard it while listening (for the tenth time) to Disney’s “Pirate Fairy” movie in the car. Towards the end of the film, they play Natasha Bedingfield’s song “Weightless,” and it is a very catchy tune. I looked up the lyrics, and... Read more »

"The Piece of Me, I Wish I Didn't Need"

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Compassionate, Beautiful, and Merciful Beloved Lord There is something about the song, “Clarity,” by Zedd that has grabbed my soul…much more than the great music and beat. So much can be read into the lyrics: is it a song about forbidden love? Tragic love? Romeo and Juliet? It... Read more »
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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 »

Prayers For The Pendleton Family

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved Most likely, I would have never known who Hadiya Pendleton was: how beautiful a soul she was; how much joy she brought her family and friends. But, most unfortunately, I do know who she was, because of the terrible circumstances of her murder. And... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »