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To Understand Life – Reflect on Your Death

To Understand Life – Reflect on Your Death

By on September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the Month of August, I was absent from my blog. To my loyal readership, I thank you for your patience. I spent a lot of time on Twitter this summer, re-tweeting and posting stories and links about the Gaza Massacre. I also attended a few rallies in downtown Chicago protesting against the illegal Occupation and […]

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The Era of Illusion

The Era of Illusion

By on July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

“Know that the life of the world is only play, and idle talk, and pageantry, and boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children; as the likeness of vegetation after rain, whereof the growth is pleasing to the husbandman, but afterward it drieth up and thou seest it turning yellow, then it […]

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Guest Blogger: Gaza Massacre: What Can You Do?

Guest Blogger: Gaza Massacre: What Can You Do?

By on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m honored to have my friend, fellow American Muslim and fellow interfaith activist, guest blog here on yasminareality.com. The world is heartbroken and outraged at the 200 + civilian deaths and 1,500 injuries in Palestine.  The war crimes and slaughtering of innocent children is playing out on social media and we feel helpless.  The United States funds […]

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My radio appearance on the Rise Up Show – Yahala Voice

My radio appearance on the Rise Up Show – Yahala Voice

By on July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

I recommend the Rise Up show with Rush Darwish. He offers the Arab American perspective from the horse’s mouth.  No rhetoric manipulation going on here. And well – he’s just plain awesome. Honored to have appeared last month to talk about my Al Jazeera America Article: Illinois Mosque Faces an Increasingly Common Zoning Problem  My piece […]

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My Unpopular Decision to Support Hobby Lobby

My Unpopular Decision to Support Hobby Lobby

By on July 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

This is my blog – so the views here are obviously my own.  I express my views because I want to and because I can  – not to hurt the feelings of good friends and associates that have opposing views.  The ability to speak my truth is a fundamental right that I hold dear and […]

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#TBT From the Archives for ThrowBack Thursday

#TBT From the Archives for ThrowBack Thursday

By on June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the beginning months of the launch of the #MyJihad Public Education Campaign, a number of volunteers here in Chicago as well as on the ground in Oklahoma – took part in Tornado Relief efforts.  At the time – we had so much going on and didn’t give this story it’s proper due.  So today […]

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My Journalist Debut with Al Jazeera America

My Journalist Debut with Al Jazeera America

By on June 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

(photo credit: Sadaf Syed for Al Jazeera America) Al Jazeera America Article: Illinois Mosque Faces An Increasingly Common Zoning Problem I’m excited to be working with a trusted, global news source that is a go-to for me personally: Al Jazeera America. This weekend they published my article on a zoning dispute between the American Islamic […]

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Interfaith Dialogue Matters

Interfaith Dialogue Matters

By on May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Growing up raised by a Muslim father and Catholic mother, I lived interfaith dialogue every day of my life. So it’s natural for me to forge friendships and dialogue with people of all faiths; but, this is not the case with everyone. (Or so I found I out when I grew up and ventured into the […]

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Look Whose Inspired Me This Spring

Look Whose Inspired Me This Spring

By on May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

So is it just a Muslim cultural thing that all of the annual banquets and gatherings for our institutions take place in the spring?  I’ve been blessed to attend a number of different functions in the Chicagoland area recently- each one more inspiring than the last.  I can’t allow these feel-good and aha moments to […]

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Being Happy is Haram

Being Happy is Haram

By on April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Well, everything is haram. If you are acheiving enjoyment or it’s making you smile.  If you are enjoying life while others are suffering in the world, it’s haram.  And it’s fitna too.  It’s all the bad things you shouldn’t be doing if you’re a good Muslim. Okay- sarcasm is not exactly my greatest Muslim trait. […]

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