Amira

Amira started off as an illustrator of Muslim holiday and special occasion cards, which is what grabbed my attention at first. She and I met in Tripoli, Libya, first on FB (of course), and then in person, when I invited her to be the featured artist at my Caterpillar Café, which she happily did, by…

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The Eye of the Storm

I just read a post by a dear fellow blogger, whom I’ve been following for a little while now, and it really resonated with me. She wrote about her mother in law’s conversion to Islam, and how they have such a special relationship despite the running preconception that in laws are meant to disagree. Because…

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Craft Camp

    This summer I decided to start a small camp for kids between the ages of five and eleven, where they’d learn about some interesting aspect of life (gratitude through Ramadan, kindness through the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), humility through Hajj, and being constant through prayer) from a story. We’d discuss it…

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Shukr Sale

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To My Sister In Faith

We used to bump into each other in the elevators of our University’s Arts building as we often used the top floor to perform prayers. When I moved to a more central location to be closer to campus, I started bumping into you in my building, and the superintendent rightfully thought he should introduce us,…

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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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Safety

I’ve become a blogger initially to provide a platform for my Caterpillar Café project, but it has broadened its scope to achieve the same aim: to gather different people and ideas, and get them to know each other, grow together, and make our worlds richer and more meaningful through our interactions. What the Caterpillar Café…

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Hot chocolate… that’s life!

Originally posted on Caterpillar Cafe:
There have been people wondering about life and its purpose for about as long as humans have had intellect and practiced its use in a leisurely manner. Theories have fluctuated from purely physical in nature to metaphysical throughout the centuries and across cultures, in ways that can probably be explained…

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The lines of my life

Smile, laughter, grief, and sun lines are carved into my every expression. We’re betraying each other as we speak. Pain and joy have left their marks, signaling the map of my life. That’s the truth they holler, while I try to drown out their noise with my own voice. I’m aging. My face admits it.…

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