The In-Between

Old stone bridge across the river with two people on it.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”

ISIS does not speak for me

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”

The Beauty of Food – Part 1

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”

Defining God in Islam

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”