This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Wael’s novel, Pieces of a Dream, is available on Zaid Karim Private Investigator is a full length novel. Previous chapters: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter

This post was originally published on this siteHe was happily married for only three years when he received news that his wife had passed away in a car accident. His 14-month old daughter, Aayah, would grow up not having known her mother. He had no family who could help raise her except for a distant sibling, who already had children of her own. Eventually, he began to question his faith.

This post was originally published on this siteBy Shireen Hakim After a stimulating evening lecture at an organized masjid in Orange County, California, I stopped by their burgeoning snack bar where halal dinner was advertised, my mouth watering. “We have pizza for the kids, or halal burgers for the adults,” the efficient hijab-clad volunteer informed me. “Oh, I try not to eat red meat often, and I am gluten-free for

This post was originally published on this siteDoes Torah’s narrator dislike Lot of Sodom, nephew of Abraham? Or does she feel sorry for him? Does she think we should, too? The narrator, of course, is circumspect. Literally. She circles around Lot’s story. Turn by turn, she introduces him. Orphaned as a young child Terach fathers Abram, Nachor and Haran. Haran fathers Lot, and dies. (Gen. 11:27-28). Family foster child, passed

This post was originally published on this siteSpiritual practice is the art of getting to know your spirit. Spirit can include your emotions, character, moods and attitudes. Your motivations, ideals, beliefs, and (or) sense of God. Read more about basic spiritual practice here. Spiritual practice expands your consciousness. Consciousness has many dimensions, so many. But we turn our attention towards so few of them! Spiritual practice retrains our attention. A Spiritual Practice of

This post was originally published on this siteBy Umm Ayoob It is any woman’s worst nightmare to find out that her husband is not attracted to her. It so happens that I am that woman. I am in an intimacy-starved marriage with my Muslim husband and have stayed in the marriage for 10 years. To be “intimacy-starved” means that we as a couple lack intimacy in terms of touch (something

This post was originally published on this siteWe live in challenging times with rapid developments and ever changing terrain. We’re faced with a plethora of issues that we need to be able to navigate in a way that is pleasing to Allah . We’re tested and tried in our personal lives, in our family units, our social circles and within our societies. Sometimes, events that occur in the world or

This post was originally published on this siteA video of Professor Anila Daulatzai being forcefully removed from her flight by law enforcement personnel, who were called in by Southwest Airlines employees, recently went viral. Professor Daulatzai, who is a Pakistani American Muslim, is pregnant and was hospitalized after her traumatic experience. She said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she was mistreated after she told the crew on a Sept.

This post was originally published on this siteRape. Sexual assault. Sexual harassment. MeToo. Tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of women are saying it. I’ve said it too, in this blog. I’ve told stories about home invasion. Police laughing at our report. An attacker on the ferry. A rude boss with an onion fetish. These aren’t easy stories to tell. For 20 years I was afraid to sleep, afraid

This post was originally published on this siteThis world is a coin. It has two faces. Both joined together but both different; often the opposite of one another. I am speaking about social media, the coin which on one side has convenience, communication and companionship and on the other, lies, ignorance and hatred. Both made possible by technology which like all technology is value neutral. What we forget is that