A local Imam went to visit the Burmese refugees in Malaysia, and gave a run down of his experiences and conversations with the refugees. These are my notes on his debrief. It is thoroughly paraphrased, thus I am not providing the name because it has been filtered through my perception. Our Ummah has neglected the… More Lessons from Burmese Refugees
I love hearing my brothers and sisters in Islam be enthusiastic about Islam. Islam is wonderful, that’s why I chose it. Let’s be careful now, though, about speaking. Each and every one of us has a limit to our knowledge. I could never even dream of being a legitimate scholar, nor do I expect all… More Limits of Knowledge
Dear scrawny Arab guys intentionally working out near me at the gym, Yes, I see you. And when you ask your friends “do you think she understands?” the answer is: yes. I also think you should know just because I have a scarf on my head and Arabic writing on my shirt, it doesn’t make… More Dear scrawny Arab guys at the gym…
The review: A Thousand Splendid Suns. That’s the title of this book, and incredibly uninformative to the story inside. Contained in this book is an incredible mixture of emotions – survival, hope, fear, anger, and helplessness. As I tore through the pages, I was on the edge of my seat (and quite possible sweating at… More Book review: A Thousand Splendid Suns
This year, we have the intersection of two of the Abrahamic faiths. We have the Prophet Mohammad’s (saws) birthday, followed by the Christian celebration of Jesus’ (saws) birth. As a convert, these events pose a very confusing dilemma, especially due to extreme variance in information, advice, and practice coming from fellow Muslims. As a lightly… More Merry Christmas…or not.
(No Episode VII spoilers, I promise!) Bismillah. Have you ever stopped to think about how many parallels can be drawn between Star Wars and religion? Perhaps I’ve just had more than the recommended dose of geeking out over the past few days (I did watch all seven Star Wars movies in a row yesterday,… More May The Force Be With You
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This semester taught me that taking time to practice gratitude and celebrate small victories is an incredibly effective coping skill. However, this semester has also been full of tragedy, on both personal, local, and national terms. My dad began hospice care. There were several mass shootings on college campuses, including an…
December 7, 1941. Japan attacks the United States at Pearl Harbor, triggering a massive response. This picture came to me unsourced in an email. The United States joined WWII, and by Spring of 1942, over 127,000 Japanese-Americans were placed in internment camps and being collectively labeled as “the enemy”. To compound this regretful act, the… More Do We Ever Learn?
Today at work, a man walked up and tossed a card over the front of my desk and said, “The United States was founded on Freedom of Religion, not Christianity.” It was a drive-by tossing and I had no time to think of a response, which perhaps is a good thing because I still don’t… More Samurais and Hijabs
I had the honor of sitting in a room with Rev. Jesse Jackson earlier today. The premise of this small meeting was to speak about the Arab and Muslim communities in the United States, specifically in regards to how Islamophobia affects refugees. As people from around the room (about 25 people) were conversing with Rev.… More Defining Normal with Rev. Jesse Jackson