My inspiration: One year ago today

My inspiration: One year ago today

“Mama, can we go somewhere fun?” my kids asked me as I picked them up from Saturday school. I explained that no, we couldn’t because I was feeling sad to have lost a dear teacher that morning, and that I wanted nothing more than to go home. I did remind them, however, that later we had[…]

Do our statements of condemnation on terrorist attacks make a difference?

Do our statements of condemnation on terrorist attacks make a difference?

I recently rejoined Facebook after almost three years since deactivating my account. After the Paris tragedy last Friday, I was struck by the influx of status updates by my Muslim friends condemning the attacks. I started feeling the pressure to update my own status, wondering if my non-Muslim friends were waiting for it. If I[…]

Ramadan: Sharing is Caring

Ramadan: Sharing is Caring

I have a not-so-secret secret: I love receiving Christmas cookies and treats from my Christian neighbors in December. I may always look surprised when they show up at my door, but I assure you that I had been awaiting their arrival for weeks. No, my family does not celebrate Christmas, but we enjoy sharing in[…]

The main question I get asked by Christians

The main question I get asked by Christians

Last week, Michal and I were invited to speak at two Christian colleges about our Miss Understanding blog. Before each event, I was nervous. The audience would be all Christian, and I would be the only Muslim in the room trying to represent, but not speak on behalf of, over a billion Muslims around the world.[…]

God lightens our load

God lightens our load

As I pulled out of the driveway at 6:00 am, my kids buckled up in the backseat of the rental car, our suitcase stowed safely in the trunk, I questioned myself for the hundredth time if I was going to be able to pull off this trip. I was on my way to San Francisco and[…]

Discovering our personality type: The INFJ

Discovering our personality type: The INFJ

The first sentence I read in the results of a personality test I took at the behest of Michal is that my type, INFJ, is “very rare, making up less than one percent of the population.” Despite the rareness, though, guess who else scored in exactly the same category? That’s right, my Christian “twin,” Michal! I had[…]

Conversing with God, the “Christian” way

Conversing with God, the “Christian” way

This morning, I found myself repeating a prayer by Prophet Moses: “My Lord, I am in dire need of whatever good thing you may send me.” I say this Quran verse every morning because it’s on my “official” daily prayer list, but this was the very first time that the words really penetrated my soul. This past[…]

When Christian music speaks to my Muslim heart

One recent morning, I was driving and felt compelled to switch on the radio. The first station I skipped to was playing a song I had never heard before. “Gravity,” the radio dashboard spelled out, “Shawn McDonald” “Air1.” I kept glancing at the screen, trying to figure out what I had landed on. I liked the melody,[…]

Internal crISIS

Internal crISIS

Sometimes, I feel like going about my day wearing a shirt that says one of the following phrases: a) I am a Muslim, and I condemn/denounce ISIS and what they stand for. b) This scarf on my head does not and should not link me to ISIS. c) I am a Muslim, and I believe[…]

Don’t just curse the darkness, light a candle

Don’t just curse the darkness, light a candle

Several times a month now, our hearts and minds are bombarded with violence locally and abroad fueled by hate, fear, and an unquenchable thirst for power. It is easy to fall prey to our emotions and let our hurt and anger bubble up until we lash out at each other and other groups. I almost[…]

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