Natural Food Forecast for 2014

In September 2013 I attended Natural Products Expo East, showcasing the latest “natural, organic, and healthy” foods as a reporter for The Muslim Link.  Since then, I’ve noticed many new and coming products… Continue reading

Merry Everyday

The day before Christmas, as I swiped my Charm Card on the city bus, the machine screeched “$0.76. Not Enough Value.” So I tried to add money, and the machine would not take… Continue reading

Date Bread from 1,001 Recipes of Arabia

It’s snowing right now in Baltimore. Once it settles, I want to go outside and play (i.e. run). Right now it’s coming down too hard, so I’ve been doing the next best thing:… Continue reading

I Decided to Get a Garmin

Omar bin Khattab, the second Caliph (head of state) in Islam, known as “Amir al-Mu’minin,” Commander of the Faithful, had only one shirt. During his 10 year rule, Islam spread east and west… Continue reading

The French Quarter of New Orleans

When my flight landed in New Orleans, I made the same prayer I always make when I enter a city: O Allah, Lord of the seven heavens and all they overshadow, Lord of… Continue reading

The Heart-Tap: A Public Health Alternative to The Handshake

I typically don’t shake hands with men. In situations in which shaking is expected, I employ one of the following strategies: Strategically hold three things in each hand (a notebook, pen, water bottle,… Continue reading

Mujadara

Most kids get mac ‘n cheese when they cry for a quick fix; instead my mom would make me mujadara. To this day, rice and lentils together as mujadara remains my favorite comfort… Continue reading

Learning How To Swim

I learned to swim three times. 5 years old. In the neighborhood pool in Columbia, Missouri, my mom tried to teach me the gentle way. She used to take me to the pool… Continue reading

Prayer Times

Last Sunday, we turned the clocks back an hour for daylight savings. In Baltimore, that means the sun rises at 6:30 instead of 7:30.  The earlier sunrise brings light for morning runs (hypothetically,… Continue reading

The Maybe Stress Fracture

I have run only once since The Baltimore Marathon.  After the race, my left foot hurt so badly that I heard an imaginary crunch every time I tried to take a step. Walking… Continue reading