It’s a great irony that the only time I ever got everything I wanted on my Christmas list, was when I was a Muslim. Continue reading “Muslim for the Holidays”
Being a Muslim convert means you’re almost constantly balancing this strange in-between world, living neither here nor there. On the one hand, you have your old life: your family, friends, habits, and actions that were around prior to you accepting Islam. On the other hand, you have your new life: a life of God, brotherhood, mosques, imams and worship. And to each you are, in a way, an oddity. Continue reading “The In-Between”
Growing up, I was afraid of many things. They ranged from the common (ghosts, aliens, vampires) to the absurd (permanent markers, those chlorine tablet holders that float in the hottubs). But the one thing that frightened me the most, and haunted me throughout most of my life, was the end of the world.
Hajj—the Pilgrimage—is a journey of a lifetime. Upon completing it, a Muslim completes the final pillar, or requirement, of their faith. As The Prophet (p) said, Islam is built upon five pillars: Continue reading “My Pre-Hajj Experience”
There are many Muslims who are troubled by ISIS and their vicious rhetoric and vicious actions. But this is not the first time that a rebel group of Muslims have emerged with extremist tendencies. And as the saying goes, those who do not heed history are doomed to repeat it. Continue reading “Khawarij: A History of Violence – An Essay”
The beheading of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are among the many recent atrocities that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) has carried out in recent months. More frightening is the speed at which this group came into power. Just a few months ago, the name meant nothing; then after June 9, following the sudden take-over of the city of Mosul, ISIS suddenly became an international name.
Then came a surprising declaration: they re-established the Islamic caliphate. Or, at least, they did in their own minds. Rather than by consent of the Muslims, as is required for a legitimate Islamic caliphate, ISIS established a caliphate the same way a tyrant establishes dictatorship: through force and coercion and oppression. And by claiming they have established a new caliphate, they are basically saying “We speak for the Muslim world.”
But ISIS does not speak for me. Continue reading “ISIS does not speak for me”
Food is beautiful—and I’m not just saying that because it’s Ramadan and I’m fasting. I’m saying that because I’m passionate about food. Food is more than something you eat. Good food can heal wounds and disperse dark clouds. It can unleash our inner creativity, spark our imagination and help us live better lives. And, of course, it can taste amazing. Continue reading “The Beauty of Food – Part 1”
It has been nearly a week since Ramadan started. When people hear “Ramadan” they either think “starvation” or “isn’t that a hotel?”. Continue reading “Fasting the Soul”
Long before I associated myself as being a Muslim, I proudly associated myself as being Canadian. And when I finally did become Muslim, it was a long process of discovery as I tried to find how to incorporate the “Canadian-ness” of my identity with my new faith. Continue reading “Being A Canadian Muslim Convert”
Taken, with slight modifications, from my original blog “The Muslim Media Nerd”
How do you define God?
It’s a heavy question, no doubt, and one that you will undoubtedly receive many, many answers on. But there is a chapter in the Qur’an which sums up how Muslims view God succinctly. It’s Chapter 112, is known as Al-Ikhlas (“Purity” or “Unity”) and is only four sentences long. Continue reading “Defining God in Islam”