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Getting To Know Your True Self During Ramadan

In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring In a famous saying of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), it is said that the Devil and his minions are chained during the month of Ramadan, which is […]

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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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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 […]

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An End of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Mericful and Compassionate Beloved Lord At the end of Ramadan, I make this prayer unto the Lord: Beautiful, Beloved Lord our God on High! Hallowed be Thy Name in the Heavens and the […]

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The Ritual Prayer That Brings Us Together

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Lord One of the major focuses of Ramadan – aside from fasting and the Qur’an – is prayer. Every night, Muslims are encouraged to stand and perform night vigil prayers […]

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The Fast of Ramadan: All About Love

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Good and Merciful Make no mistake about it: it is hard. Very hard. Ramadan is in full swing. Because of Islam’s sacred lunar calendar, the month of fasting will be during the summer […]

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An End of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful “We made it.” Those were the first words of my Friday sermon yesterday. At long last – very, very long last – the month of Ramadan ends today. And although […]

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A Ramadan Prayer for My Sikh Brothers and Sisters

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful  In the wake of this horrible tragedy in Wisconsin (and also the burning of a mosque to the ground in Missouri), all I can do is offer my heartfelt condolences […]

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Gems of the Qur’an: True Piety

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful As the month of Ramadan progresses, I am trying to read the Qur’an as part of the spiritual regimen that this month brings. And as I re-engage with the Qur’an, […]

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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 […]

Eid Mubarak…Happy Eid

In the Name of GOD, the Compassionate, the Merciful A happy and blessed Eid to each and every one of you. May the Beautiful LORD shower and cover you all with His Grace, His Love, His Blessing, and His Mercy. […]

Last Day of Ramadan

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful It is amazing that it is finally here: the final day of the month of fasting. Indeed, it did seem to go by quickly, yet at the same time, however, the […]

Loving God the Most

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful One of the (very few) advantages of fasting a long (long, long) day is that there is ample time to read and reflect over Scripture. I mean, since there is really […]

Update: Not Fasting…And Miserable

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Yesterday, I blogged about how bad I felt – despite doing nothing wrong – not being able to fast due to my knee injury. Well, I talked to my doctor, and […]

Not Fasting…And Miserable

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful It is no secret that I have approached this year’s Ramadan fast with an enormous amount of dread. I worried about the hot weather, the long days, the difficulty of having […]

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 […]

First Day and I’m Still Okay

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful It was no secret that I approached the month of Ramadan with a large amount of fear and dread (along with shame). Now that Ramadan will be in the summer (in […]

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"The Story of God" With Morgan Freeman Is A Most Welcome Look Into God and Faith
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I have always admired Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. I have always enjoyed his performances. Now, with the National Geographic series that he hosts, "The Story of ...

posted 10:37:24pm Apr. 12, 2016 | read full post »

Lukas Graham's "7 Years": Reminds Me Of My Youth...And My Late Daughter
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring My wife and kids always keep me up to date on the latest hit songs. And it is no different with Lukas Graham’s hit “7 Years,” which is now #2 on the Billboard list in the ...

posted 10:24:54am Apr. 10, 2016 | read full post »

Anti-LBGT Legislation and "Religious Freedom": Anyone Else See The Glaring Hypocrisy?
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I have been watching with amazement the political rhetoric of some politicians who vow to defend "religious liberty." In several states, politicians have either enacted, or ...

posted 1:47:51pm Apr. 08, 2016 | read full post »

Research Shows - Yet Again - That ISIS Has Very Little To Do With Islam
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring In the aftermath of another terror attack committed by the savages of ISIS (or as I like to call them, KIL), yet again people like to link their actions to all of Islam and ...

posted 8:26:10pm Mar. 24, 2016 | read full post »

In the Wake of Brussels: My Perpetual Condemnation - Again
In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring I leave aside the fact that no other community is expected to condemn the actions of its criminal fringe. I leave aside the fact that the perverse logic of assigning blame to ...

posted 5:04:01pm Mar. 22, 2016 | read full post »

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