Saying Goodbye to Islam

Today is my last day as a Muslim. No more constantly checking the time for salat, no more reading/wrestling with passages from the Qur’an, no more “Salaam’s” or “Ramadan mubarak’s”, no more standing toe-to-toe/shoulder-to-shoulder in a line of men prostrating to Allah, no more listening to the ethereal melody of the adhan (call to prayer), no more washing […]

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We Made It! Eid al-Fitr 2011

High-five, congratulations, and Eid mubarak! Today millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. If you are among those who observed Ramadan, you just exercised one of the most blessed times of the year. Ramadan is indeed a detox program for our body, soul, and mind. We abstained […]

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Dear Muhammad…

For the last month now I’ve nose-dived into Islam, the religion you introduced to the people of Arabia. It’s been a wild ride man, maybe not as much as your legendary Night Journey into Heaven, but wild all the same. It’s a little after 1 P.M. now, and I’ve only been awake for an hour. […]

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Going All Night For Laylat al-Qadr

This post is late because I slept in after taking suhoor (pre-dawn meal) this morning. I slept in because I’m staying up all night for Laylat al-Qadr, or “The Night of Power/Decree.” Laylat al-Qadr is one of the most anticipated dates on the Islamic calendar during Ramadan because tradition holds that on this night, the […]

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9/11: The Plow for U.S. Islamic Growth?

I have a near debilitating fear of needles. They are sharp, painful, and I still don’t understand why impaling myself is the best way to receive medication. The reality is that, in some cases, what’s good for us does not always come in a pretty package. September 11th, 2001 was one of the ugliest packages […]

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