Humble Affirmations

One of the things I struggle with is humility. Arrogance can creep its way into my brain in ways I least expect. I realize that it’s not just when I’m feeling beautiful or successful that I can feel arrogant. It’s also, and more often, when I feel like I’m somehow smarter or more “good” than…

Finding Similarities in Qur’an and Bible

So this morning I came across this beautiful bible verse: I found this so beautiful and I was taken aback at how much it reminded me of a quranic verse that says: This happens to me QUITE frequently, and so I decided to do a blog post comparing the similarities in the bible and qur’an….

How the Rich Convince the Poor

Not gonna lie, this meme or gif or whatever it’s called pretty much sums up the republican party for me. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets…

Being a Muslim American Convert in a Donald Trump World

I converted to Islam in 2012. At that time, I didn’t know that relations between Muslims and the West were going to get so bad. The Middle East, and Muslim Extremists, were mostly off my radar after the Iraq war. I converted because when I read the Qur’an I felt like God was talking to…

Us vs. Them – A Tale as Old as Time

In light of Trump’s recent declaration that Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S. and the Front National gaining a majority vote in France. Right wing extremists in whatever way you want to categorize them, have begun to leave their mark on history this time around. Just as they have countless times before. And…

Clare Bowen Chops off Hair

I noticed that Clare Bowen chose to cut off her hair for the same reason many Muslim women are so protective of their hijab (headscarf). She argues that as women, we deserve to be respected for what’s on the inside, not constantly pressured to show off our outside. I think for a lot of women,…

September 11, 2015

September 11th still brings me to tears.  I’ll never forget watching our fearless adults scared like children and hearing the sad silence of 300 million hearts breaking all at once. I know that acts of terror still happen all over the world every day, and I can only hope that our world takes a step…

How Islam changed me

I decided to write a post about the positive ways in which Islam has changed me so far. So..without further ado… 1. To begin look at food as a blessing, not as an enemy of war. For so long, eating was a major stressor in my life. From about age 10, when I realized that…

Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?

I drove Abde to work tonight and on the way home was singing an old favorite of mine, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac. This song is dear to me for so many reasons, not only because it is my Mom’s favorite song, but it is also the song I sang for a really special concert at…

To travel

My good friend who is in medical school in the Philippines posted a quote online today from the book, Walk Out, Walk On: “Leaving home takes courage. We have to be brave enough to explore our questions, to cultivate our dissatisfaction with the present state of things, to notice what disturbs us, what feels unfair,…

Life Update

After neglecting this poor blog for about a year, I’ve decided to give a quick update! I am currently living in Montreal with Abdé. I recently graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters in Near Eastern Studies. Abdé is starting school at the University of Montreal, and I am job searching… The past three…

What do Muslims believe?

I’m driving in the car driving up to our cottage in northern Michigan with my mom and having a conversation about faith in general. I think that some of the questions she’s asking me about Islam are really common and important questions for most Christians, and are a lot of the same questions I first…