Manipulative

Just as I think I’ve grown immune to your maneuvers You up the anties, and here I am again On my knees, in tears Wondering what I’ve done wrong to deserve such treatment Your strongest weapon of all Is your seemingly docile demeanor Your apparently endless patience, kindness and gentleness But that’s a mask That…

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Diane

Diane and I initially met on a private FB group, where we interacted frequently, we shared a lot of similar values, and steadily increased communication, until we eventually met in person at her place, when she hosted a brunch for women who shared their high hopes for Libya. There were women working for the UN,…

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Be

Contractions tearing through your body Your womb is about to explode Your temples dripping in cold sweat Your time is here Be In this moment, be here. Feel the pain Ushering a new life into this world… Your mind will forget the pain. Your heart will fill with love. Your miraculous baby shrills You can’t…

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Ramadan with kids

Kids are not expected to fast during Ramadan, neither are the elderly, and other weaker or vulnerable people. But they are nevertheless excited about the month, as parents change their routine somewhat to accommodate meals, prayer, and extra charitable acts. Positive behavior is encouraged and all sorts of negative behaviors are discouraged. All the moral…

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Perspectives on intermittent fasting

Finally, Ramadan is here. They say that the first ten days are for Allah’s Mercy, the second ten are for forgiveness, and the last 10 are for protection. This is believed to be a saying of weak derivation, but I can understand why it is often repeated and held up as a model for managing…

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Solidarity

I will share with you a couple of thoughts that have been running through my mind a lot lately: one has to do with the need for minorities (class, racial, religious, etc.) to stick together, and the other with the need for us to listen to each other. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said we should help…

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Happy Earth Day!

You’ve all heard me harping on and on about plastic pollution and it seems some of our efforts to reduce the amount of plastic we use are finally paying off! A recent study by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has found that the number of plastic bags on the seabeds surrounding…

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Preparing for Ramadan

For those who don’t know, Ramadan is the name of the month of fasting for Muslims around the world. It’s a lunar month, so it regresses 10-11 days each year. This means that every fifteen years or so, you’ll have fasted in every season of the year. We fast from sunup to sundown: no liquids…

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Identity: an exercise in flexibility

Identity is problematic because it’s a story; depending on who tells it, you get a different version. It is heard, believed, or questioned, whether it’s completely fictional, or based on a handful of observable facts, people internalize it according to their own personal perspective. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Identity is extremely unstable,…

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War never leaves you

It was two years and a bit ago. I broke a bone and was waiting in the emergency room at the hospital to have it x-rayed. Coalition forces were entering Mosul to rid it of Daesh troops. Like in Afghanistan, and in Baghdad, there were embedded journalists following the soldiers, into people’s homes. People in…

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