Being Outed (as a Muslim) thanks to Donald Trump

(note: the title of this blogpost is meant to be ironic, not denote embarrassment or shame of my beliefs)     Donald Trump, you are a disgrace not only to Americans but to humanity on a whole. Your rhetoric is not what America stands for. America does not stand for (in no particular order): racism, ignorance, … More Being Outed (as a Muslim) thanks to Donald Trump

Why We Need to #PrayForParis, and the World, Too

#PrayForParis. Almost instantaneously, the hashtag spread through social media, reposted far and wide as the tragedy that unfolded around Paris last Friday night quickly gripped the world. I was sitting at work when I found out about the attacks via-what else?-Facebook. My walk to the subway took me past the French Consulate on Fifth Avenue, … More Why We Need to #PrayForParis, and the World, Too

Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included

 America seems to be run by a faith in dollar signs and a “me-me-me” culture. As I recently mentioned in my post on Eid al-Fitr, what were previously Christian religious holidays have turned into mere caricatures where piety, holiness and gratitude seem far from everyone’s minds. However, in light of some recent articles I have … More Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included

You’ve got My Attention, Egypt

Modern-day Egypt–that is, the Egypt that’s not associated with the pyramids or sphynx or Luxor or other motifs of antiquity–rocked onto the international scene this year with their “successful” coup d’etat back during the January 25 revolution. The world was riveted by the fact that Egypt had largely managed to overthrow ol’ Hosni Mubarak without … More You’ve got My Attention, Egypt

There is No Fun in Islam? Charlie Hebdo learns the Hard Way

Is there truly “no fun in Islam?” Is it truly a live without sin and die kind of religion, as the infamous (and certainly depressed) Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran once famously stated? Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly paper, might agree with Khomeini and say that yes, there is no fun in Islam, after the recent … More There is No Fun in Islam? Charlie Hebdo learns the Hard Way

It’s a Man’s World, We Women Just live in it:The Koran

In keeping with my updates on my Koran reading, I will report that I soldiered on to the next two surahs, Al-Imran and al-Nisa (The Woman), in order to read the Koran authentically as it was introduced to the world. Per some wise advice, I plan on now reading from the last surah’s first, although … More It’s a Man’s World, We Women Just live in it:The Koran

Salam alaykoum

In the Arabic language, words with similar meanings are formed by the same root consonants. The words ‘Islam’ and ‘Salam’ both have the same 3 consonants: S-L-M. These 3 letters mean “peace” in Arabic. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of peace in the world today. A lot of people, including radical Islamists, do not believe in … More Salam alaykoum