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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 […]

Learning to Walk with King Solomon in the New Year

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord At first blush, it may seem strange that I would want to walk with King Solomon. The picture painted of him by many is unflattering to say the […]

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 […]

Forever “Abu Bayan” (Bayan’s Dad)

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful  ON June 1, my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our son, Zacharia Hesham Hassaballa. It was a very happy day for the both of us. I […]

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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, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn lar

posted 1:49:18pm Feb. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Think Muslims Haven't Condemned 9/11? Think Again
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I had a conversation on Twitter recently when someone mentioned the "Muslim silence" on the attacks of 9/11 to me. I had to make sure the person was asking the question correctly, and he or she was. This person actually cl

posted 3:38:00pm Feb. 21, 2015 | read full post »

For the Families of the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims, All You Need To Do Is Hold Their Hands
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord While much of the American Muslim community, as well as Muslims around the world, are still in shock over the horrific shooting deaths of three young American Muslim college students, in accordance with Islamic proscriptio

posted 1:42:23pm Feb. 13, 2015 | read full post »

There Should Be No 'Starving Faithful' If Religion Is Done Correctly
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I thought, for certain, that Hozier would win "Song of the Year" at the Grammy Awards last night for "Take Me To Church." Not that I'm disappointed about Sam Smith - whose music I enjoy - but "Church's" fame continues to b

posted 1:25:07pm Feb. 09, 2015 | read full post »

A Welcome Addition: Women-Only Mosque Opens in Downtown L.A.
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord It always did pain me. In many mosques - too many, actually - the space for women is woefully inadequate (if not downright gross). Of course, I never saw these spaces for myself, but I learned from my own family and from m

posted 1:48:54pm Feb. 02, 2015 | read full post »


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