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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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Support Muslim Film Makers.  Hollywood Here We Come.

Support Muslim Film Makers. Hollywood Here We Come.

By on April 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

ISF National Film Grant – $20,000 Grant For Muslim Filmmakers As Muslims, it feels lame to be chasing down faux film makers who are pretending to make films showing they care about humanity- when the insidiuous truth and intention is to spread bigotry and hate.  (But we will continue to call them out. Every.Single.Time.)  That […]

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Speaking Up Delivers Justice

Speaking Up Delivers Justice

By on April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Chicago’s Columbia College Professor, Iymen Chehad, had his class reiinstated.  Remember, part of his class was cancelled because he showed the Oscar nominated film, 5 Broken Cameras, which documents life under Israeli Occupation.  One student in class complained of ‘bias’ and academic freedom was threatened on American soil. The voices of citizens with conscious came […]

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Columbia College in Chicago – Threatening Academic Freedom

Columbia College in Chicago – Threatening Academic Freedom

By on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Respect Academic Freedom!  Petition:  ://www.change.org/petitions/llove-colum-edu-respect-academic-freedom# I grew up in Chicago; and, I dreamed of attending Columbia College.  Known for it’s radio and journalism programs, Columbia was the ideal place for someone like me- with aspirations to become a news anchor or a journalist.  (I did neither, instead- spending many amazing years in corporate America and […]

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Bigots Behaving Badly

Bigots Behaving Badly

By on March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

  Watching grown ups throw temper tantrums is always awkward.  Watching grown ups throw temper tantrums because they are so filled with bigotry and hate is simply pitiful. I wrote about the Murfreesboro, TN mosque last year.  It’s a mosque community that has been in the area for decades and had an uphill battle to […]

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March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month – Please Remember Something

March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month – Please Remember Something

By on March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 50,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.  Drug treatments are improving each year, but it is still a difficult cancer to treat, particularly if it has metastasized, or spread, to other organs in the body.  For resources on this disease, go […]

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Oscar Nominated Palestinian Film, Omar

Oscar Nominated Palestinian Film, Omar

By on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last year it was 5 Broken Cameras.  This year, it’s Omar.  Palestinian films that offer a glimpse into the pain and humilation of occupation are being nominated at the Oscars.  Palestinian actors are walking the red carpet.  This is a big deal. I am admitedly an odd duck when it comes to movie going.  I […]

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Guest Blogger Nadia Naji Speaks Out:  The Disdain for Muslim Burial in Germany

Guest Blogger Nadia Naji Speaks Out: The Disdain for Muslim Burial in Germany

By on March 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’m thrilled to be featuring a guest blogger this month.  Nadia Naji is not only my sister in Islam, but my friend.  We are both part of an international, interfaith group that has made both of our lives exponentially better.  Nadia lives in Germany and talks in this piece about the experiences and challenges of […]

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Speaker Line-Up Announced!  CAIR-Chicago Anniversary Banquet March 15

Speaker Line-Up Announced! CAIR-Chicago Anniversary Banquet March 15

By on February 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

CAIR Chicago (Council on American Islamic Relations) is celebrating 10 years.  Their annual banquet is always a place to be inspired by amazing speakers and to meet supporters from all over the country of all faiths and walks of life who get together in the causes of civil rights and education. To see the complete […]

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In the Land of Blood and Honey

In the Land of Blood and Honey

By on February 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

2 years ago, a very important film was gifted to the world.  It’s called In the Land of Blood and Honey, written and directed by Angelina Jolie.  I was not blogging at the time; but I was so moved by this film; I wrote a review of it on my Facebook page.  I’m re-printing it […]

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