My Lens

Through My Lens–Why We Think There Are No Fish in the Sea

We need desperately to move past these ideas of scarcity and adopt those of abundance.

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October 21, 2010

Through My Lens–On the Horrible News of a Young Person’s Wedding

… I know marriage is a big step. However, there’s no need to look disgusted and/or surprised when you hear of an upcoming wedding. And there’s definitely no need to make annoying comments …

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October 14, 2010

Through My Lens…On the Difference Between What Goes On and In Our Bodies

Before Kraft, General Mills and Nestle came along, this is what food tasted like.

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September 30, 2010

Through My Lens–Polygamy in Practice

The following article discusses the issue of polygamy (polygyny) from the point of view of the practical and emotional impact on the women involved, without discussing legal implications, and without disputing the fact that in Shari’ah polygamy is accepted.

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September 23, 2010

Through My Lens–On “Funny” Cake Toppers: How Society Conditions Us to Think About Marriage

… an assortment of hideous, no, excuse me, “funny” cake toppers… They depict ridiculous scenes … I’m sure these were made in good fun, meant to provoke a good chuckle, but I doubt the designers realize what they are suggesting…

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September 16, 2010

On Unicorns: Muslimahs’ Search for the Perfect Muslim Mate

Let me start by saying be sure that you’ve searched for a unicorn. Even if I don’t explain what one is, know that you’ve searched. We’ve all searched, ladies. It is the pursuit of a unicorn that sends us to Islamic conventions every year in throngs, outnumbering the men every time.

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September 10, 2010

On Obedient Wives

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard” (4:34).

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August 26, 2010

On Judgment Among Sisters

I wish Islam gave all Muslims an automatic immunity to the disease of judgment and cliquishness, but the perfection of the religion isn’t something we inherit.

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August 19, 2010

On Moving Beyond the Hijab

It’s not that I dislike hijab or have a problem discussing it. I just don’t see the need to continually (and sometimes exclusively) talk about that one subject when there are so many other pressing topics that need attention.

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August 12, 2010

On the Goals We Set

We all want things in our lives, but we don’t always want them bad enough to actually go get them.

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August 5, 2010

On Your Soul’s Security System

He [Iblis] said: “Because thou hast thrown me out of the way, lo! I will lie in wait for them on thy straight way: “Then will I assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and their left: Nor wilt thou find, in most of them, gratitude (for thy mercies)” (7:16-17).

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July 22, 2010

On Maintaining Healthy Bodies

On a grander scale, our bodies are like rental cars, given to us by the Creator for a period of time, ours to temporarily use to complete various important tasks.

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July 18, 2010

On Ramadan Blessings

In a little over a month, the Ramadan blessings will begin to flow, and I can’t wait.

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July 11, 2010