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Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary Reminds Us That Evil Comes In All Forms

In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Perpetually Loving and Caring I scanned the major headlines on a news search engine today, and there was barely a mention of the Oklahoma City bombing, which occurred on this day […]

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A Doctor on Doctor’s Day

In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Infinitely Loving and Merciful Today is National Doctors’ Day, and all around the country, hospitals and medical offices are celebrating by thanking the thousands of physicians that work hard every single […]

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The Protesters in Texas Would Have Learned So Much If They Just Spoke to the Muslims Across the Street

In The Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I watched with dismay a video of the hundreds of protesters that gathered outside a conference of Muslims entitled, “Stand With the Prophet Against Terror and Hate” in […]

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Noor Inayat Khan: A Muslim Heroine For Everyone

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord In today’s day and age, there seems to be little patience for context and nuance. Much of the information obtained about truly complex issues is reduced to sound-bytes, […]

Think Muslims Haven’t Condemned ISIS? Think Again

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Lord A very common, oft-repeated mantra among pundits and “experts” is that Muslims haven’t roundly condemned the extremism committed in Islam’s name. So many times, we hear people saying, “Where […]

Disappointment in “Noah”: They Didn’t Need to Change One Jot or Tittle

In the Name of God: the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord Well, I saw the movie “Noah.” And…I was quite disappointed. Even though I did say that I do not look to Hollywood to teach me my sacred history, […]

Thanksgiving Reminds Us to Give Thanks Every Day

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord This time of year is always special: it is a time when we all pause and spend time with our friends and families and give thanks to the […]

Never Forget Our Past, Never Lose Hope for the Future

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Most Merciful Beloved Lord Tomorrow marks the 12th anniversary of the horrific attacks on our country in New York and Washington, D.C. I will never forget that day, and it has been […]

A Very Happy Day

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful No, it’s not the “Muslim Christmas.” I have never put lights on my house, placed a tree in the family room, and exchanged gifts. Nevertheless, it is a very happy […]

My Jihad: Loss and Heartbreak

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful 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 […]

Go Out And Vote

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful  I am tired of the election season. As I write this, a political campaign ad is playing on the TV. It is the same one I have seen time, after […]

Prophetic Models of Fatherhood

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful When one is blessed with children, it is natural for a father – like me – to think about what he needs to do to be the best father possible. […]

Update: The Best Part of Easter for This Muslim

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The Best Part of Easter for This Muslim

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved As a Muslim, Easter Sunday is just like any other Sunday. Indeed, I am not working on this Easter, but that is due to happenstance rather than religious devotion. […]

Study: American Muslims Pose Little Threat

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Let me start with this: I have never understood and completely abhor those fellow Americans who plot to hurt innocent people in this country. It is a betrayal beyond all measure, […]

A Political Fantasy

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  I know that, as the weeks and months pass during this year’s presidential campaign, that the issue of President Obama being a “secret Muslim” will come up again and again. It […]

Santorum and the God of Abraham

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  It seems that former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s presidential run is running out of steam. According to the Huffington Post, Santorum is “taking a pause from Florida campaigning just days before the […]

“Never Let Your Hatred Move You to Commit Injustice…”

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful I am no fan of the Taliban. I hate their barbaric distortion of Islam and their barbaric practices and tactics. They are as much my enemy as they are the enemy […]

My New Year Prayer

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  As the year of 2011 comes to a close, there are so many things over which we can reflect. As I look to the next year, I turn my eyes skyward […]

If They Only Knew…

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful Clearly, those Christian “patriots” who want to silence TLC’s “All-American Muslim” series have no idea what is in our scripture and our faith about Jesus Christ and the Blessed […]

A Special Day I Don’t Celebrate

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Today was always a special day for me, ever since my university days. For three years of my life, I would have this day off, in fact. I would do nothing […]

“Er…Happy Holidays!”

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful During these days, many of my patients, as they are leaving, tell me: “Er…Happy Holidays!” I know they mean well: they don’t want to offend me by saying “Merry Christmas.” But, I’m here […]

Let’s Remember Each Other This Thanksgiving

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! May everyone enjoy this day with their families. I am not going to go into the issue of whether Muslims should or should not celebrate Thanksgiving. For […]

We (Muslims) Have Nothing To Do With It

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Federal law enforcement authorities have arrested an American Muslim on charges that he plotted to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol with model airplanes loaded with explosives. FBI agents posing as members […]

“Never Let Your Hatred Move You…”

In the Name of the GOD, the Compassionate, the Merciful It seems hard to believe that ten years – a full decade – have passed since that horrific day in September when the country endured a trauma unlike any she […]

Eid Mubarak…Happy Eid

In the Name of GOD, the Compassionate, the Merciful A happy and blessed Eid to each and every one of you. May the Beautiful LORD shower and cover you all with His Grace, His Love, His Blessing, and His Mercy. […]

Kareem Salama: (Muslim) Rock At Its Finest

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful “Hesham’s iPod” is an occasional post about what’s hot, what’s spiritual, and what’s buzzworthy in Muslim music, and about the nature of Muslim artists. Every once in a while, a […]

Celebrating Her Birthday

As families gather all across our country to commemorate the anniversary of our declaration of Independence from the British Crown, I reflect over how important this day is to me as an American Muslim. More than just joining my fellow […]

Golf and Fatherhood: Like Oil and Water, Sometimes

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful I can always tell that Father’s Day is coming when the newspapers become suddenly full of ads for golf products: clubs, shoes, shirts pants. That’s because quite a few dads play […]

Collective Blame Never Good

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful The radicalization of citizens in our prisons is a real potential threat. Protecting the country against this and other threats is very important. Violent extremism must be stopped wherever it may […]

Must Always Remember

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful As I enjoyed the majority of Memorial Day off with my family (I did have to go into the hospital and see some patients in the morning), it was amazing to […]

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Andy Grammer's "Honey, I'm Good": A Refreshing Message of Fidelity
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring My daughter first told me about the song, and I really had no idea what she was talking about. But, I had a chance to listen to the song on a long drive back ...

posted 11:56:45am May. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Being A Believing Doctor In The Intensive Care Unit
In the Name of God, The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring This past week, we commemorated "Critical Care Week" at our hospital, which celebrates the women and men who dedicate their lives to taking care of the sickest ...

posted 7:50:38pm May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

"Go And Cling To Her Feet, Because Paradise Is There."
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring The title of this post is the response of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to a man who expressed a desire to perform jihad in the path of God. It is likely that ...

posted 4:08:56pm May. 08, 2015 | read full post »

Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary Reminds Us That Evil Comes In All Forms
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Perpetually Loving and Caring I scanned the major headlines on a news search engine today, and there was barely a mention of the Oklahoma City bombing, which occurred on this day 20 years ago. ...

posted 12:31:15pm Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial: Tsarnaev Should Not Be Sentenced To Death
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Perpetually Loving and Merciful The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to enter jury deliberations this week. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the jury ...

posted 9:45:19pm Apr. 06, 2015 | read full post »

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