An American Eid

Disclaimer: This might or might not be typical of functionally single American Muslims (those who do not have family, close relatives, spouses, kids around during Eid). Eid al Fitr is a 3 day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. The first day is especially significant and is marked by an…

The American Muslim Thanksgiving

In recognition of turkey day, I am re-posting this blog post from the last few years. ____________________________________________ Thanksgiving is that wonderful yearly holiday when American families bond over food and enjoy the typical dysfunction and drama that invariably happens when people related by blood come together. For immigrants, Thanksgiving is the day when everything is…

The Language of Love and Hate

Not too long ago during one of my travels I was asked which languages I use to express anger, frustration and love. Being fluent in 2 languages and at an intermediate level in 2 others, it was an intriguing question. The bi-lingual questioner mentioned how she enjoys cursing and expressing anger much more in Punjabi…

Traveling With a Celebrity

All celebrities are not divas, just like all divas are not celebrities. Traveling with either is always entertaining for us mere mortals. Let me recount a few recent incidents I experienced while traveling with a non-diva celebrity, a published author to be exact, and more importantly, a SINGLE male. Married women will admit to “nerd…

Hijab-Spotting

Large conference crowds are the perfect place to be alone. They’re also the best place for hijab-spotting, a relatively unknown activity that involves watching hijab styles and trying to figure out how they were created (and stay in place). For those of you who don’t know, hijab tying and pinning ranges from being functional to…

The American Muslim Thanksgiving

In recognition of the upcoming turkey day, I am re-posting this blog post from last year. ____________________________________________ Thanksgiving is that wonderful yearly holiday when American families bond over food and enjoy the typical dysfunction and drama that invariably happens when people related by blood come together. For immigrants, Thanksgiving is the day when everything is…

A time to reflect

After listening to “Jingle Bells” and accounts of Rudolph’s ruddy nose in every public place, now is a good time to stop and remember! A friend wrote this piece about Mary and Jesus in the Qur’an and kindly gave permission to reproduce it here. ******************************************** I thought it apropos on this day to reflect upon…

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