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Hajj Stampede All Too Familiar: We Were Almost Killed Ourselves

In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I still remember it as if it was yesterday: my wife and I were on our way back from the ritual “stoning of the Devil” during our pilgrimage […]

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Day of Emotion, Day of Grace

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Today is a most special day of the Hajj, the day of Arafat. It is said that, on this plain, Adam and Eve were first reunited after their expulsion from […]

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Anticipation Growing

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Today marks the official first day of the Hajj. We had come back to Mecca from Medina (more about that later) and did another minor Hajj or umrah upon re-entering the […]

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My Hajj

  In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful The decision was almost totally spontaneous: my wife and I simply looked at each other and said, “Let’s go to the Hajj this year.” That set in motion a series […]

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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 […]

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Jesus Christ Also Said "Inshallah," So There Is Nothing To Fear
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring My friend and former Al Jazeera America co-host Wajahat Ali penned a hilarious piece in the New York Times explaining the Arabic word "Inshallah," or "God-willing," in the ...

posted 11:04:13am May. 01, 2016 | read full post »

"The Story of God" With Morgan Freeman Is A Most Welcome Look Into God and Faith
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I have always admired Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. I have always enjoyed his performances. Now, with the National Geographic series that he hosts, "The Story of ...

posted 10:37:24pm Apr. 12, 2016 | read full post »

Lukas Graham's "7 Years": Reminds Me Of My Youth...And My Late Daughter
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring My wife and kids always keep me up to date on the latest hit songs. And it is no different with Lukas Graham’s hit “7 Years,” which is now #2 on the Billboard list in the ...

posted 10:24:54am Apr. 10, 2016 | read full post »

Anti-LBGT Legislation and "Religious Freedom": Anyone Else See The Glaring Hypocrisy?
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I have been watching with amazement the political rhetoric of some politicians who vow to defend "religious liberty." In several states, politicians have either enacted, or ...

posted 1:47:51pm Apr. 08, 2016 | read full post »

Research Shows - Yet Again - That ISIS Has Very Little To Do With Islam
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring In the aftermath of another terror attack committed by the savages of ISIS (or as I like to call them, KIL), yet again people like to link their actions to all of Islam and ...

posted 8:26:10pm Mar. 24, 2016 | read full post »

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