Common Word, Common Lord

Common Word, Common Lord

Bio

Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago doctor and writer. He has written extensively on a freelance basis, being published in newspapers across the country and around the world. He has been a Beliefnet columnist since 2001, and has written for the Religion News Service. He is also a columnist for Patheos. His articles have been distributed worldwide by Agence Global, and he was also a guest blogger for The Chicago Tribune and has blogged on ChicagoNow" . In addition, Dr. Hassaballa has appeared as a guest on WTTW (Channel 11) in Chicago, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Hassaballa is co-author of The Beliefnet Guide to Islam (Doubleday), and his essay, “Why I Love the Ten Commandments,” was published in the award-winning book Taking Back Islam (Rodale). His latest book, Noble Brother, is the story of the Prophet Muhammad told entirely in poetry, and it is now published in its second edition.

In 2007, his blog "God, Faith, and a Pen" was nominated for a Brass Crescent Award for a blog that is “the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophical, providing the best rebuttals to extremist ideology and making an impact whenever they post.” "God, Faith, and a Pen" has also received an award for being one of the "Top Muslim Blogs for 2010" by Awarding The Web.

In addition to writing, Dr. Hassaballa helped found the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and currently serves on their board of directors. He also co-founded the Bayan H. Hassaballa Charitable Foundation and serves as its Executive Director.

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 […]

In “Them Thar Hills,” I See God

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful I was listening to one of my favorite programs, NPR’s Fresh Air, and the show was about the Nobel Prize in Physics, which was awarded to two teams of scientists who […]

The Arafat Moment We Each Need to Have

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  Today, the over 2 million pilgrims are now standing upon the plain of Arafat, fulfilling the most essential and important ritual of the Hajj, or the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every […]

I Have Changed My Mind: I Am Trick-or-Treating This Year

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful In 2002, I penned an article on this website about my belief about Halloween. At that time, I said that I will not participate in the activities surrounding Halloween: Halloween is […]

Previous Posts

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 Texas this past weekend. Whenever fellow Americans gat

posted 10:23:26pm Jan. 20, 2015 | read full post »

An Important Story That Was Not As Prominent In The Charlie Hebdo Saga
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord There has been so much talk about Muslims and Islam in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. This talk will most certainly continue. Yet, I wanted to highlight a very important story that may have gotten lost in the wak

posted 5:42:39pm Jan. 11, 2015 | read full post »

"Je Suis Charlie": The Paris Attackers Did Not 'Avenge' The Prophet Muhammad...They Spat In His Face
In The Name Of God: The Infinitely Merciful And Compassionate Beloved Lord When I heard the news of the horrific attack on the offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, my heart sank in terrible grief. Two masked gunmen, in a military-style attack, burst into the editorial offices and m

posted 6:19:03pm Jan. 08, 2015 | read full post »

She Would Have Been Eighteen Today
In the Name Of God: The Infinitely Merciful And Compassionate Beloved Lord She would have been eighteen-years-old today. Eighteen. It is hard for me to even fathom what that would have been like. Today would have been her first day of adulthood; the first day of the rest of her life; her first da

posted 8:00:45am Dec. 30, 2014 | read full post »

"Christmas in the Qur'an"
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord In my last post, we discussed how Jesus Christ is part of my life, even if I am not celebrating the religious festival marking his birth.  Yet, the verses in the Qur'an regarding the birth of Jesus Christ were only quickl

posted 4:48:43pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »


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