Common Word, Common Lord

Passover celebrates the freedom from bondage, and I have an opportunity as a physician to free my patients from the bondage of illness.

In the Name of God: The Exceedingly and Eternally Loving and Caring I had submitted the comment on the NY Times web page calling for comments on the coverage of the Austin terrorist. They wanted to know what I felt about the coverage, and this is what I submitted: The coverage is ABSOLUTELY different for…

Imposing my beliefs onto the healthcare of others is a slippery slope. This doctor, for one, refuses to take this path.

If only our President knew how much Africa contributed to the history of the world, perhaps he wouldn’t have said what he did.

For years and years, I have heard the story of the birth of Christ recited in beautiful Arabic during Muslim ritual prayer. That’s because the story of Christmas is in the Quran.

For this Muslim at Christmas, I like to say “Merry Christmas.” Saying “Happy Holidays” just doesn’t do it for me.

The Muslim man in the video who destroys a statue of the Virgin Mary betrays his faith.

Jerusalem should never be a ‘zero sum’ city. Rather, it must be a city for all.

There is nothing “usual” about the attack on a mosque in Egypt.

The tale of Harvey Weinstein is a cautionary one, reminding all those who have power one thing: the Lord suffers absolutely no rival.

Hesham A. Hassaballa

Hesham A. Hassaballa

Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago doctor and writer. He has written extensively on a freelance basis, being published in newspapers across the country and around the world. He has been a Beliefnet columnist since 2001, and has written for the Religion News Service. He is also a columnist for Patheos. His articles have been distributed worldwide by Agence Global, and he was also a guest blogger for The Chicago Tribune and has blogged on ChicagoNow" . In addition, Dr. Hassaballa has appeared as a guest on WTTW (Channel 11) in Chicago, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Hassaballa is co-author of The Beliefnet Guide to Islam (Doubleday), and his essay, “Why I Love the Ten Commandments,” was published in the award-winning book Taking Back Islam (Rodale). His latest book, Noble Brother, is the story of the Prophet Muhammad told entirely in poetry, and it is now published in its second edition.

In 2007, his blog "God, Faith, and a Pen" was nominated for a Brass Crescent Award for a blog that is “the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophical, providing the best rebuttals to extremist ideology and making an impact whenever they post.” "God, Faith, and a Pen" has also received an award for being one of the "Top Muslim Blogs for 2010" by Awarding The Web.

In addition to writing, Dr. Hassaballa helped found the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and currently serves on their board of directors. He also co-founded the Bayan H. Hassaballa Charitable Foundation and now serves as its Treasurer.

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