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Amid So Much Anti-Muslim Hate, I Have So Much Hope

In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Every time there is a spectacular act of violence that garners media attention – whether domestically or internationally – there is widespread anxiety within the American Muslim community. […]

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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. […]

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Being Called A ‘Muslim’ Should Never Be A Slur

In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is in hot water today for failing to correct a questioner about Muslims and President Obama’s faith: During a question and answer session […]

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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 […]

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An Important Story That Was Not As Prominent In The Charlie Hebdo Saga

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord There has been so much talk about Muslims and Islam in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. This talk will most certainly continue. Yet, I wanted to highlight […]

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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 […]

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Think Muslims Haven’t Condemned ISIS? Think Again

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Lord A very common, oft-repeated mantra among pundits and “experts” is that Muslims haven’t roundly condemned the extremism committed in Islam’s name. So many times, we hear people saying, “Where […]

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Ramadan And The World Cup: There Ought To Be No Controversy At All

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Although the number of Muslim football players participating in this year’s FIFA World Cup has dwindled considerably, there are still a number of players who are slated to […]

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A Christmas Message of Peace From A Muslim

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Compassionate and Merciful Beloved Lord As is the case every year, Christmas Day is just another calendar day for me. In fact, I will be working in the hospital on Christmas Day this […]

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Right Is Might

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful This Sunday, billions of Christians around the world will celebrate what is the most important holiday of the Christian spiritual calendar: Easter. It commemorates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus […]

Wow! They Called It “Terrorism”

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved On the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, news surfaced of the arrest of 5 men accused of plotting to blow up a bridge over […]

Update: The Best Part of Easter for This Muslim

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved Cadburry Mini Eggs. On sale. YUM. YUM.

Study: American Muslims Pose Little Threat

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Let me start with this: I have never understood and completely abhor those fellow Americans who plot to hurt innocent people in this country. It is a betrayal beyond all measure, […]

My New Year Prayer

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  As the year of 2011 comes to a close, there are so many things over which we can reflect. As I look to the next year, I turn my eyes skyward […]

“Er…Happy Holidays!”

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful During these days, many of my patients, as they are leaving, tell me: “Er…Happy Holidays!” I know they mean well: they don’t want to offend me by saying “Merry Christmas.” But, I’m here […]

This Does Nothing to Promote Understanding

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful I was totally taken aback by this news article: Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. […]

We (Muslims) Have Nothing To Do With It

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Federal law enforcement authorities have arrested an American Muslim on charges that he plotted to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol with model airplanes loaded with explosives. FBI agents posing as members […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The Man Who Has Played Role Of God Sets Out To Study Him
In the Name of God: The Eternally and Extremely Loving and Caring "I have always been fascinated by God." So says Morgan Freeman, the Academy Award-winning actor known, among many other things, for playing the role of God in films such as ...

posted 9:06:12pm Feb. 09, 2016 | read full post »

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 »

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