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I Prayed for Peace Today

I found myself praying for peace today. I’ve been in and out of my mind a thousand times I know You heard me. I know I wasn’t alone in that room, shaking with the fear of fear, the harrowing loneliness. I cried out to You on my hands. On my knees. With my face pushed […]

One Jewish Woman’s Fight for Palestine

For Jennifer Loewenstein, April 19, 2002 was a “waking nightmare”. She stood silent at the edge of the camp, in disbelief—and horror. Listening to the sound of wailing, she watched as medical workers lay out the bodies of the dead. The corpses, wrapped in white, were loaded onto the back of a pick-up truck. “I […]

The Only Shelter in the Storm

It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits. As soon as it starts raining, lightning shortly follows. Dark clouds replace the sun and all you can see are the waves of an ocean, once calm, surrounding you. No longer able to find your way, you reach out for help. You begin by calling the […]

Peace on a Rooftop

Originally Posted 05/28/2010 We’ve all had intense moments. For me, one such moment happened while standing on the rooftop of Masjid al-Haram. Above me was only sky, below me, the most beautiful view of the Kaba’a and an acute sign of Allah, this life, and the life to come. I was surrounded by an overwhelming […]

For the Love of the Gift

We all love gifts. We love the blessings that beautify our lives. We love our children, our spouses, our parents, our friends. We love our youth and we love our health. We love our homes, our cars, our money, our beauty. But what happens when a gift becomes more than just a gift? What happens […]

Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

We can hardly get them off our minds. The whole world is watching today. And everyone is wondering, “What will happen to the brave men who spoke truth to power in Irvine?” What will go down in history about the students who gave a voice to the voiceless, and took a bullet in the process? […]

How to Help the Irvine 11

On February 8, 2010, in the immediate the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead where more than 1,400 Gazans were massacred, 11 students were arrested after peacefully protesting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at the University of California, Irvine. Ten of the 11 students are currently facing a criminal trial, which ends with closing arguments this […]

Carrying the Torch of Ramadan Forward

Ramadan has passed. Our Qur’ans have shut. Our masajid have emptied. And our hearts have once again filled with the love of life, the hatred of death, and the desires that consume us. The Shaytan that was once banned has again taken his place in our minds, our homes, at our front, and at our […]

Ramadan: Raining with Mercy

Originally posted in August 2010 Imagine for a moment that it’s raining. It is pouring, in fact. And imagine that you are inside your house, watching as it falls. But imagine that there is something very different about this rain. It is unlike any other you’ve ever seen. On this day, it is not raining […]

A Sacred Conversation

There is a time of night when the whole world transforms. During the day, chaos often takes over our lives. The responsibilities of work, school, and family dominate much of our attention. Other than the time we take for the five daily prayers, it is hard to also take time out to reflect or even […]

On Filling the Inner Hole and Coming Home

We’re Home. And then we aren’t. Torn away from our origin, we came across time and space to another world. A lesser world. But in that separation, something painful happened. We were no longer with God in the physical space. We could no longer see Him with our physical eyes, or speak to Him with […]

The Darkest Hour and the Coming of the Dawn

According to a well-stated proverb, the darkest hour is just before the dawn.  And although astronomically the darkest point is much earlier, the truth of this proverb is metaphoric—but in no way less real. So often we find that the darkest times in our lives are followed by the most precious.  Often, it is at […]

Seeing Your Home in Jennah: On Seeking Divine Help

I know a story that isn’t just a story. It begins with a woman who loved something more than the glitter of this life. She was a woman who never allowed herself to be defined or limited by her painful circumstances; she carried in her such a deep faith that she was willing to die […]

This Life: A Prison or Paradise?

I was at the airport. Standing in the security line, I awaited my ritual interrogation. But as I stood there, I looked over at a little girl with her mother. The girl was crying. She was clearly sick. The mother reached into a bag to give the girl some medicine. I was struck by how […]

Take Back Your Heart

Ocean of Dunya: Part I | Part II No one likes to fall. And few people would ever choose to drown. But in struggling through the ocean of this life, sometimes it’s so hard not to let the world in. Sometimes the ocean does enter us. The dunya does seep into our hearts. And like the […]

People leave each other. But do they return?

Why Do People Have to Leave Each Other? Part I | Part II Leaving is hard. Losing is harder. So a few weeks ago I asked the question, ‘why do people have to leave each other?’ The answer took me into some of my life’s deepest realizations and struggles. But it has also led me […]

Hardships and the Path to God

The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon him) said: “If Allah wills good for someone, He subjects them to hardship.” How could that be? How can hardship ever be good for us? What is the purpose of trials and why does Allah promise that we will face trials and tribulation? In what way does hardship purify […]

We Buried a Man Today: a Reflection on Death

I wrote this in the car on my way back home from the burial of a righteous soul. May Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (swt) have mercy on him and his family. Ameen. —– We buried a man today. And here I am now on my way home in the caravan of the living. For now. […]

Why do people have to leave each other?

Why Do People Have to Leave Each Other? Part I | Part II When I was 17 years old, I had a dream. I dreamt that I was sitting inside a masjid and a little girl walked up to ask me a question. She asked me: “Why do people have to leave each other?” The question […]

A Believer’s Response to the King Hearings

For Muslims, now is a time of turmoil. With the recent hearings on Capitol Hill, led by Representative Peter King, on the “radicalization of the Muslim-American community,” the battle against Shari`ah, and wide spread anti-Muslim sentiment, it’s difficult not to feel despair. Many of us are wondering, why is this happening to us? How could […]