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More on How The Atlantic Got It Wrong About Islam: Are Beheadings “Islamic”?

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord In the widely-cited, and very long, article by Graeme Wood in The Atlantic, it is written: The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, […]

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Bill Maher and Sam Harris Just Don’t Get That, Truly, Islam Is Not The Problem: Take Apostasy For Example

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord So much ink has been spilled about the now famous debate about Islam on Bill Maher’s show between bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck. As I read […]

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May The Hajj Be Safe From the Evil of KIL (aka, ISIS)

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord This is a special time of year for Muslims all over the world. As I write this, millions of Muslims from around the world are descending upon the […]

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Indonesia: One Of The Many Places You Can Find True Islam (RNS)

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord While the barbarians of ISIS – and Islamophobes – like to claim that they are the only true Muslims on the earth, reality says something much different. My […]

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What “Allahu Akbar” Really Means

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord It is a very common Islamophobe claim that the phrase, “Allahu Akbar” is the “Muslim battle cry.” They base this claim on the fact that many Muslim extremists […]

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HABEMVS PAPAM

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful I join the rest of the world – Catholic and non-Catholic – Christian and non-Christian – in congratulating the Catholic Church on electing their new Pontiff, Pope Francis I. May […]

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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 […]

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The Blasphemy of “Anti-Blasphemy” Laws

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful  I first learned about the law – that passed the Kuwaiti parliament – on a ChicagoNow blog post entitled “Kuwait theocracy declares Islam is weak.” The law calls for the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Let the Pastor Go Free

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Here we go again: an Iranian Pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, faces execution if he does not recant his conversion to Christianity. Last year, Mr. Nadarkhani was found guilty of “apostasy” last year, […]

So Glad I Did It

In the Name of GOD, the Compassionate, the Merciful It has only been a few days, but it almost seems that Ramadan is a distant memory. Now, I am eating and drinking during the day, and although it still feels […]

Last Day of Ramadan

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful It is amazing that it is finally here: the final day of the month of fasting. Indeed, it did seem to go by quickly, yet at the same time, however, the […]

Loving God the Most

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful One of the (very few) advantages of fasting a long (long, long) day is that there is ample time to read and reflect over Scripture. I mean, since there is really […]

Ramadan Realities

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful This was my guest post on the Beliefnet blog, City of Brass. As Ramadan approached, I had no small amount of dread. Fasting, of all the ritual practices of Islam, is […]

First Day and I’m Still Okay

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful It was no secret that I approached the month of Ramadan with a large amount of fear and dread (along with shame). Now that Ramadan will be in the summer (in […]

Get Signed Copy of Noble Brother

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful I will be signing copies of my book, Noble Brother: The Story of the Prophet Muhammad in Poetry, at the Soundvision booth at the annual conference of the Islamic Society of […]

Drive On, My Sisters!

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Perhaps inspired by the “Arab Spring,” women in Saudi Arabia are beginning to challenge the decades-old ban on their getting behind the wheel. According to the Associated Press: A campaign to […]

My Personal September 11

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Two years ago today, the unthinkable happened to my wife and me. I penned this four days after it occurred: June 7, 2009 will forever be burned in my memory. June […]

Must the World End? (Part II)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Last time, I posed the question that – if we believe that there will be a Last Day, that the world must end so that all the injustice we see will […]

Must the World End?

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful Now that the world has not ended, and we have survived the coming of the Rapture, and Mr. Camping has once again been discredited, a question arose in my mind: […]

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"Shining Bright" in God's Love
In the Name of God: The Eternally and Everlastingly Loving and Caring There are many times that the songs I may happen to hear will cause me to frown. So much of popular music today is comprised of lyrics that are questionable (at the ...

posted 8:20:25pm Aug. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Here, Here Harry J. Bentham!
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring It was so refreshing to read Harry J. Bentham's post, "Islam is part of the West now, live with it." I will let Mr. Bentham speak for himself: One type of ...

posted 8:00:03pm Aug. 03, 2015 | read full post »

My Friend The Hero
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring A woman in Chicago was pulled from her burning car by a Good Samaritan who stopped to help. He saved her life. That Good Samaritan was my very good ...

posted 12:24:24pm Aug. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Getting To Know Your True Self During Ramadan
In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring In a famous saying of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), it is said that the Devil and his minions are chained during the month of Ramadan, which is almost half way ...

posted 11:59:13am Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

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 »

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