Alhumdulilah: Story of an African King, his Thumb, and his Friend

Alhumdulilah-Story of an African King, his thumb, and his friend Not sure if this is a true story or not but it is widely told and holds a great lesson so I will post it here: There once was a king in Africa who enjoyed hunting.   He had a close friend, whom he grew up … Continue reading


Last week a little around midnight I heard someone firing a gun in my neighborhood and I was pretty annoyed.  Why was I annoyed as opposed to scared out of my mind?  Well, because it’s wedding season, and around this time, the sound of gunshots is not too uncommon.  Men typically fire rounds of gunshots … Continue reading

Response to a Comment on Facebook

A colleague of mine on facebook responded to my post on Al-Fatiha: I’m pretty sure those who have gone astray are those who murder, rape, and show other kinds of cruelty to other humans and living beings. Not just those who don’t follow the Quran as it is written, which is what this entry seems … Continue reading

Reflections on Al-Fatiha

Al-Fatiha is also called “sab’a mathani”—seven oft-repeated verses. It is recited at least 17 times daily in the five obligatory prayers. But do we really pay attention when we are reciting this masterpiece?


The thing that terrified me the most, was not just the movement and the shaking, but the awful sound that accompanied it. A vibrating thrum that quickly became a cross between a scream and a roar.

Sense and Sensibility and Haram Love or, if Jane Austen was a Muslim

Some lessons in love from Jane Austen.

Ten Ways to save money (and prevent Israaf) on your wedding

Also titled: How to not give your parents a heart attack when you tell them your wedding budget.