Common Word, Common Lord

Common Word, Common Lord

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A Grieving Father’s Prayer

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful, Beautiful, and Beloved Lord On June 7, 2009, my eldest daughter lost her battle with lymphoma. Today is her 17th birthday.   My Lord my God, my Savior and Grace, The One […]


An End of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Mericful and Compassionate Beloved Lord At the end of Ramadan, I make this prayer unto the Lord: Beautiful, Beloved Lord our God on High! Hallowed be Thy Name in the Heavens and the […]


The Ritual Prayer That Brings Us Together

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Lord One of the major focuses of Ramadan – aside from fasting and the Qur’an – is prayer. Every night, Muslims are encouraged to stand and perform night vigil prayers […]


June 30: An Appeal For Peace in Egypt

In the Name of the Infinitely Good and Merciful Lord Our God I am an American, whose ancestry hails from Egypt. I have quite a bit of family that still lives there. Both my and my wife’s parents frequently go […]


A Thanksgiving Prayer for Peace

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful  I can only share in a tiny amount of the elation of the people of Israel and Palestine over the cease-fire that was negotiated today. That both Israelis and Palestinians […]


The Quest for “Oneness” in a Diverse (and Divided) World

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful In our day and age, many are trying to “be different.” Whether in a singing competition, or anywhere else, many people value being different. Indeed, diversity is very important, and […]


May His Comfort Reign

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful, Most Gracious I was standing in my  mother’s kitchen when I first heard the news: Whitney Houston, a singer to whom I grew up listening, had died at the age of 48. […]


A Prayer For Peace

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful As the diplomats wrangle and negotiate over the future of the Holy Land, there is very little a person who honors and loves the Holy Land, like me, can do or […]


Previous Posts

Most Americans Do Not Know Truth About Islam's Values
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring In a poll of Americans released by Public Religion Research Institute, a majority of Americans said that "The values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of ...

posted 9:24:54am Nov. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Dr. Hassaballa Featured on PRI's "The World"
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring By the grace of God, I was featured on PRI's "The World" radio show today. We were discussing the Muslim condemnation of ISIS, and I spoke about how their invoking God to ...

posted 8:37:39pm Nov. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Letter From An American Muslim Who Fell In Love With Paris
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Dearest France: This summer, my wife and I were blessed to spend our vacation in Paris. Yet, I must admit that I had no small amount of hesitation. I was well aware of the ...

posted 3:22:37pm Nov. 17, 2015 | read full post »

I'm A Bears Fan, But I Really Like Aaron Rodgers
In the Name of God, the Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I'm a Bears fan...a die-hard Bears fan. I was born in Chicago and raised in its suburbs, and I bleed blue and orange. And there is no team in the NFL I despise more than the ...

posted 6:07:13pm Nov. 16, 2015 | read full post »

"Mon Coeur Saigne Pour Paris": An American Muslim's Disgust
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Je suis si triste aujourd'hui. In a series of barbaric attacks on civilians, the savages of ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 129 people and injured ...

posted 3:50:47pm Nov. 14, 2015 | read full post »


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