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  • Yesterday, I Cried
    The following is an excerpt from the book And Then I Gave Up: Essays About Faith and Spiritual Crisis in...
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    Strawberry Prayers: A Lesson of Ramadan Love
    The following is an excerpt from the book And Then I Gave Up: Essays About Faith and Spiritual Crisis in...
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    When Religion Is a Weapon: Understanding Spiritual Abuse
    emotional abuse. the etiquette of disagreement in cults and sects and in families who love you so much that they hurt you for their...
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    Why Many ‘Good Muslims’ Aren’t My Friends
    triggers. gunshots to the heart when all is well —even if. CLICK HERE. READ NOW “Lol.” That was the response I received from a fellow...
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    Entitlement and Ungratefulness Ruin Lives and Marriages
    “Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find your way back home. Because before then, you didn’t even...
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    Stop ‘Time Wasters’ in Ramadan?
    "You criticize me for my faults and choices, saying, “You should stay away from doubtful!” But what you label...
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    Ramadan for the Imperfect Muslim
    “I know I am not perfect, but no matter how many mistakes I make, I will not give up,...
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    Ramadan Is Coming and I’m Scared
    “Jannah (Paradise) is not for perfect people. It is for the sinful who, in the end, didn't give up...
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    Journaling Helped Me Find My Voice
    baggage. everyone is carrying a story. but only a few will allow the pen to break their souls wide open. —even if. CLICK HERE....
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    Who Are the Real Scholars Today?
    righteous scholars. you’ll know them by their compass that guides them and you. its needle has a single marking and points to only two— Allah and...
  • Can Muslims Take a Lesson from LGBTQ Groups?
    labels and sects. please leave off your battle calls and self praise and your carefully crafted fiqhi art and when I ask who you are I...
  • Do Friends Need Prenup Agreements?
    For years, I was a peacemaker to a fault. I would apologize even when I didn’t do anything wrong....
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    False Piety Causes Pain
    Oh the script, that religious script, the one handed to every student of books and classes, who reads his lines...
  • Stop Recruiting Members and Start Saving Souls
    The following is an excerpt from Prejudice Bones in My Body: Essays on Muslim Racism, Bigotry and Spiritual Abuse...
  • Prejudice Bones in My Body
      CLICK HERE. LISTEN NOW alone. it hurts. I cannot lie to be abandoned by those who look like me because I see the other as...