Posts tagged "reflection"

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 »

Sermon on "The Fox"

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I initially scoffed at the song due to its ridiculousness. Indeed, the song is ridiculous, but…there is something about this song that has not ceased to intrigue me. Yes, the music is catchy, but as I pondered over the song more deeply, I... Read more »

Patheos: The Power and Warmth of God's Love

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This first appeared on Patheos. I first heard the song “Feel So Close to You” (sung by Calvin Harris) during my daughters’ dance recital, and it had a very catchy tune. There are very few lyrics to the song: I feel so close to... 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 »

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 »
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Washington Post: A Muslim's Love-Hate Relationship With Ramadan

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This appeared in the Washington Post.   I love the summer time. It is so much better than the winter, especially in my home town of Chicago. In fact, I start looking forward to the summer on December 21, because the days start to... Read more »

A Ramadan Reflection

Alas this is the last time I see you in daylight. And that is why I have so much fright. But I must stop being so short of sight. Yes, for thirty days I may not have this delight. But I must not let my desires take flight. The Beloved has asked that my weaknesses... Read more »

Don't Let Me Go, Lord

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved Time and again, songs by The Fray have captivated my mind and soul. “Never Say Never” is no different.  Clearly, the song is about the ebb and flow of a relationship: Some things we don’t talk about Rather do without And just hold the smile... Read more »
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His Love Never Hurts

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved As I continue to listen to Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know,” the beginning stanza struck me even more deeply than before: Now and then I think of when we were together Like when you said you felt so happy you could die Told... Read more »