Once upon a time, I was broke. Read More
The first time I had to manage money was when I went away to college—September 1966. I was barely 15. Until then, Daddy would give me pocket money every month—I don’t recall how much—and I would save it to buy a birthday gift for my sister or brother. I had no other use for money.
I had never dated. Not once in my life. But that’s another story. If you want to know more about my date-less life, you will have to read my memoir. For the last two years, I have been back-to-back in blind dates. Sometimes I meet them for coffee, sometimes for dinner, and sometimes I meet up in their homes, staying overnight. Separate bedrooms. Read More
Lets start with some Islamic trivia, which, by the way is not trivial. Not by a long shot. Here is the question: In the Quran, only one woman is mentioned by name. Who is it? Read More
The answer: Mary. Mother of Jesus
Did you know that? Here is more: The 19th chapter of the Quran is titled: Maryam—Arabic for Mary
“Lets go around and say what we are grateful for,” Dad said, invoking our tradition. Read More
“We are going to have some difficult conversations. You can disagree; you can get upset; you can be angry; but you cannot leave the room.” Those were the ground rules….. Read More
What did I just get myself into! Is this going to be a discussion on Gaza and Jerusalem?
“How do you feel when you hear the Muslim call to prayer?” Read More
“I think it’s gutsy,” said a Jewish woman.
My phone was on silent. I was at the library, at the Writers Circle, reading my piece on the pipe-bomber... Walking back home, the pipe-bomber was still on my mind. Khalid was waiting by the door. “Did you hear?” He asked. Read More
Why isn’t he being called a terrorist? Cesar Altieri Sayoc was arrested on charges of mailing explosives—pipe bombs—to former presidents, politicians, media, and other supporters of liberal causes. Had those bombs gone off, think of the bloodshed and lives lost! These people were targeted for their political and ideological views. Read More
“What gifts does your faith tradition bring to the table, and what gifts in other faiths do you admire and would like to adopt?” the Bishop asked. Read More
If you haven’t heard of the term Aqeeqa, then don’t even try to guess what I am talking about. My Muslim readers know exactly where I am headed, particularly if they are from the subcontinent, as in Pakistan-India-Bangladesh. Read More