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    Unconditional Love Doesn’t Exist, Nor Is It Praiseworthy
    “Too much control thrives when family members cling to a myth that everything is perfect when it’s not.” —Dan Neuharth,...
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    ‘But I Don’t Want Forgiveness’
    The following is an excerpt from the book And Then I Gave Up: Essays About Faith and Spiritual Crisis in Islam by Umm...
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    No Place Like Home: American Teacher in Saudi
    AUTHOR’S NOTE: I lived as an expat in Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2013. This blog was written about...
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    Reality of Ramadan: You Might Not Benefit
    "Ramadan is the month of mercy, not the month of perfection. You’ll still make mistakes, and you’ll still fall...
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    Maybe It’s Divorce We’re Taking Lightly
    "Marriage is not the end of the rainbow, and divorce is not the end of the world." —from the journal...
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    She Couldn’t Have Sex with Her Husband: Modesty Gone...
    She was taught that sex was dirty and shameful, so she was never allowed to talk about it. In...
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    Nobody Cares About Black Muslims, He Said
    alone. it hurts. I cannot lie to be abandoned by those who look like me because I see the other as brethren too and then to...
  • 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...