Monthly Archives: November 2010

Prostrate and Draw Near

It is hard driving to New York to visit family. For one, Sumi has a black list of her enemies, first on the list being her car seat. She kicks, squirms and cries and I become the child in the back asking my husband, “Are we there yet?!” As the screams turn to whimpers which […]

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In the Footsteps of Hajar and Mariam

We are a few days away from celebrating Eid al-Adha (Tuesday November 16th). It is a day in which we commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice to Allah (swt). Prophet Ibrahim as well as his family were tested with extremely difficult tribulations. His first wife, Sarah, could not bear children until she had become very old and […]

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Musa and His Staff

In Suraht Taha, the 20th surah of the Qur’an, we find a conversation between God (Allah) and Moses (Musa): مَا تِلْكَ بِيَمِينِكَ يَا مُوسَىٰ قَالَ هِيَ عَصَايَ أَتَوَكَّأُ عَلَيْهَا وَأَهُشُّ بِهَا عَلَىٰ غَنَمِي وَلِيَ فِيهَا مَآرِبُ أُخْرَىٰ قَالَ أَلْقِهَا يَا مُوسَىٰ فَأَلْقَاهَا فَإِذَا هِيَ حَيَّةٌ تَسْعَىٰ قَالَ خُذْهَا وَلَا تَخَفْ ۖ سَنُعِيدُهَا سِيرَتَهَا الْأُولَىٰ Translation […]

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The Benefit of Irrational Beliefs

As much as we like to “keep it real,” there are certainly times in life when irrationality can be the deciding factor between being great or settling for mediocrity. Remember the SATs? Or, the AP exams we took as high schoolers? I certainly do. With every test, I had the irrational belief that if I […]

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Angry Birds or Self Sacrificing Soldiers?

Angry Birds has been a huge success in the smartphone market. The paid-for game has been purchased more than 7 million times, with the lite version downloaded 13 million times. In the third quarter of 2010, it was the most downloaded paid for game, beating out heavyweights such as Doodle Jump and Fruit Ninja. Now, […]

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Unpacking Discomfort

Yesterday (November 4th) I had the great pleasure of being part of a panel discussing Islamophobia and the “Othering” of Muslims at Wesleyan University. It was sponsored by the Interfaith Justice League. Two professors were also a part of the panel, Dr. Ahmed, who teaches for both the Religion Dept. as well as Women and […]

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Picking Apart a Pomegranate

Many things remind me of fall. Stomping on crunchy leaves as a kid, volleyball practice as a high-schooler, and yams baking in the oven, always. These memories are cozy ones and are reignited as the humidity of summer is replaced with early morning dew. And maybe this one particular memory is so embedded in my […]

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