Why I Say ‘Allahu Akbar’: My article on Busted Halo

I'm grateful to Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers, for publishing the following reflection. Inshallah, God willing, I will be contributing more to Busted Halo throughout the rest of the year. Start reading my article here, and continue reading on Busted Halo's site. Why I Say 'Allahu Akbar' October 22, 2013 This evening, … Continue reading Why I Say ‘Allahu Akbar’: My article on Busted Halo

Things I won’t forget (“Peeling Oranges” final installment)

As I finish up my writing about Jordan and Palestine, I’d like to share some final snapshots.Faces My host mom, who walks by my room and says a cheerful “Keefik ya Jordan?” after a long day at work. My baby sister, who sits on my lap, pressing the tops of my fingernails and squeezing the skin between … Continue reading Things I won’t forget (“Peeling Oranges” final installment)

Kisses on Palm Sunday (“Peeling Oranges” series)

(My spring break spent in Jerusalem and Galilee provided me with many images that I hope to share through my Peeling Oranges series.) Outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, I sulk in a mix of frustration and guilt, wanting to participate in the centuries-old traditions and services that originated in this city. On Palm … Continue reading Kisses on Palm Sunday (“Peeling Oranges” series)

Empty plane seats

This post goes along well with my last post “Returning to the river,” in that it expands on the importance of trusting in the divineness of our own imaginations. On each of my three flights to Amman during January, I had an empty seat next to me.  This made the plane rides relaxing and enjoyable, … Continue reading Empty plane seats