Ramadan Reflection: Sadaqa

“When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim] This Ramadan I signed up for Launch Good’s Ramadan Challenge. The goal is to contribute, even as little as $1.00, to…

Ramadan Reflection: #Portland

Maybe you don’t know what happened in Portland, or why you should care. If you are one of the “lucky” few who is oblivious to the tragedy that happened I will quickly catch you up. On Friday night, the first night of Ramadan, a man on a train in Portland began an anti-Muslim tirade targeting two…

Day Twenty-Nine: Last Minute Stuff

This is some of the pretty cool stuff that I have found that you can use during this Ramadan to help you and your family take advantage of this blessed time. Since we are in the last day (or two) until the moon is sighted and the month of Ramadan is upon us, I thought…

Day Twenty-Eight: Ostriches

When I woke up this morning and checked my twitter feed this was one of the first tweets I came across.  I’ll be honest. I wanted to clap back. I was angry and even felt like blaming her for ruining my good mood. But, then I took a deep breath, retweeted it with a neat…

Day Twenty-Seven: Manchester

I had something else planned for today, but I really couldn’t go on and ignore this tragedy. So here are my thoughts on this latest bit of bad news. I hope you will keep me in my prayers, and be a bit kinder to a stranger today. You never know what they are dealing with. 

Day Twenty-Six: Responding with what is better.

I am going to tell you something that makes no sense. Are you ready? The best argument against people who troll you, harass you, spew hateful comments about your religion, or mock you is to say nothing. Don’t argue. Don’t bring your proofs. Don’t try to explain yourself. Do nothing. At the end of the…

Day Twenty-Five: Backseat Barakat

I was very frustrated. I had great plans about what I would teach my children. I would introduce them to the Quran, and stories of the prophets. I would read great pieces of literature to them. I would help them master basic maths and set them up for a lifetime of numeracy. But, I found…

Day Twenty-Four: The Fiqh of Fasting

In case this is your first year fasting (in which case, welcome, leave me a comment, I am always happy to meet fellow converts or returnees) or maybe you just need a refresher. Whatever the reason, we are just under a week away from the blessed month, so it’s time to start reviewing the fiqh…

Day Twenty-Three: Where do you Islam?

I had to share this video clip with you because I think that this topic and similar discussions are so important for those of us who live in the “West”. As we move into Ramadan I can’t help but be aware of how many Muslims I will see in the next month that I will…

Day Twenty-Two: Water

One of the biggest issues we face during these long summer days of fasting is hydration. Staying hydrated become a huge challenge. Like most people, I am warning you to stay away from fizzy drinks, coffee, and tea, as these can leave you dehydrated. Instead, opt for water. But, if you are like me, quitting…

Day Twenty-One: And Bad Mistakes, I’ve Made a Few

I can tell you from experience that nothing eats away at your good intentions the way regret and shame can. Carrying a load of shame associated with past mistakes will not only weigh you down, it will prevent you from even trying to reach for new and better things. The internal dialogue goes like this:…

Day Twenty: The Nuts and Bolts

We are coming into the home stretch and if you haven’t started planning your meals for Ramadan yet, I advise you to get on the ball. No, I know there are some favorites out there. You know, the deep fried, swimming in gravy, heavily seasoned, aromatic masterpieces that seem to spin themselves out of kitchens everywhere…