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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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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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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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Pillar of "Native Deen" Goes Out On His Own
In the Name of God: The Everlastingly and Extremely Loving and Caring Native Deen is one of the oldest and most popular American Muslim hip hop groups. It is my absolute favorite, and I have grown up listening to their songs. In fact, way ...

posted 2:25:01pm Feb. 07, 2016 | read full post »

One Is Too Many, But "Islamic Terrorism" Threat Is Small
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Don't get me wrong. Even one American Muslim either thinking about, or planning, or trying to commit an act of terror is too many. Each case is a failure, on multiple levels. ...

posted 1:25:28pm Feb. 03, 2016 | read full post »

ISIS Cannot Be Reading The Same Qur'an As The Rest Of Us
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I could not believe my eyes when I read the headline: "ISIS Militant 'Kills His Own Mother' In Public Raqqa Execution." A member of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) killed ...

posted 9:32:18pm Jan. 13, 2016 | read full post »

Let Scripture Be Your Guide To A Better You In The New Year
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Whenever a transition in time occurs, such as the passing of the New Year, it is natural for human beings to reflect over the past and look forward to the future. Hence, many ...

posted 7:34:35pm Dec. 28, 2015 | read full post »

A Most Unique Christmas in 2015
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Christmas time every year is always slightly different: the weather is different, the cultural context is different, and even the political climate is different. The ...

posted 2:22:18pm Dec. 21, 2015 | read full post »

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