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Celebrating the Prophet’s Birth

In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful, Compassionate, and Beloved Lord I must admit: sometimes, I feel left out. As a Muslim living in a majority Christian country – where most everyone is celebrating Christmas while I am not […]

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 […]

Lamenting the Children of Abraham

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful The angry and, sadly, often violent protests that have erupted in several Muslim countries in response to the anti-Muslim video that surfaced on the Internet has left me terribly saddened. First, […]

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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Disappointment in "Noah": They Didn't Need to Change One Jot or Tittle
In the Name of God: the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord Well, I saw the movie "Noah." And...I was quite disappointed. Even though I did say that I do not look to Hollywood to teach me my sacred history, nevertheless, if you are going to make a movie called "Noah" and make th

posted 1:47:44pm Apr. 04, 2014 | read full post »

A Muslim's Mixed Feelings About "Noah"
In the Name of God: the Infinitely Compassionate and Merciful Beloved Lord I must admit: I really, really want to see "Noah." As a Muslim, I was raised with this epic story of one of God's greatest Prophets of all time: [LONG] BEFORE those [who now deny resurrec­tion] did Noah’s people call i

posted 10:59:51am Mar. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Why This Muslim Appreciates Ash Wednesday
In the Name of God: the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord The most important period of the Christian calendar has now begun: Lent, which began with the Imposition of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday. All throughout the world, Christians had the mark of the cross placed on their forehea

posted 4:46:54pm Mar. 07, 2014 | read full post »

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 yell out "Allahu Akbar" before their acts of barbarism. Indeed,

posted 4:04:56pm Feb. 14, 2014 | read full post »

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 least. Yet, Muslim belief about him is that he was a pious Prophet of God and a

posted 11:55:48am Jan. 24, 2014 | read full post »


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