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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 […]

My Jihad: Loss and Heartbreak

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful This was my contribution to the My Jihad campaign, a national effort spearheaded right here in Chicago, to reclaim the term Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike. Loss […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Though Not Technically Celebrating Christmas, Jesus Is Still On My Mind As A Muslim
In the Name of God: the Infinitely Compassionate and Merciful Beloved Lord I must admit: at this time of year, sometimes it feels lonely. Practically the whole country is gearing up for the Christmas holiday, which is less than two weeks away. And while technically I do not celebrate the religiou

posted 3:08:26pm Dec. 14, 2014 | read full post »

"No Male Could Ever Be Like This Female"
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Throughout my childhood, I have grown up listening to this story being recited out loud: When the wife of 'Imran said, "My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept t

posted 12:24:27am Dec. 05, 2014 | read full post »

Running For My Angel (And Chocolate) And Being Grateful The Whole...Painful...Way
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord On November 9, I was blessed to run in the annual Hot Chocolate 5K run in Chicago. It is a fun, relaxed race that takes you through the heart of Downtown Chicago, and my wife, daughter, and I ran the race in honor of our A

posted 2:53:04pm Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Fellow Muslims: Please Say Funeral Prayers For Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord The barbarians of KIL (aka ISIS) have done it again: the U.S. has confirmed the beheading of Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, an American who went to Syria to help the victims of the civil war and was then captured by KIL. Here

posted 4:26:35pm Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Ashura: The "Muslim Passover"
In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Happy New Year. The Islamic New Year, that is. And the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic year is a very special. It is called Ashura, and this year, it falls on Monday, November 3. For Shia Muslims, it is a day o

posted 4:23:18pm Nov. 01, 2014 | read full post »


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