Tag Archive: Islam

The Sanctity of Life

50 killed in Florida Gay Club; Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S.; Gunman Killed 50; Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting: 50 killed; Orlando Shooting Killed 50; At Least 50 Killed in Attack on Gay Nightclub… Continue reading

Ramadan Snapshots

On the first day of Ramadan, I get hungry and thirsty. However, that’s not point of fasting. God does not need my hunger or my thirst. Rather, God gives Ramadan to those who… 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

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

Welcome Home Hujjaj

Growing up in mid-Missouri, when checking out gallons of milk, and heads of cabbage, at the grocery store, the cashier would often ask, “Where y’all from?” Once my dad answered, “Adam and Eve.”… Continue reading

Hotel Bootcamp

I am en route to Mekkah, the holiest place on Earth. No one goes to Mekkah with plans to run. On my way there with a marathon in 7 weeks, I do not… Continue reading

How to Run in Ramadan

Today on my run, a father pointed at me and shouted “She’s jogging and fasting! Look!” His whole family stared as I struggled up the hill and smiled. I prefer the term running,… Continue reading

Fasting Promotes Brain Health

Confession: I skipped breakfast and lunch the day of my 8-hour comprehensive exams. In fact, I always fast or run before a big test, presentation, interview, or other monumental occasion.  I perform better… Continue reading

Prayer: Unintended Benefits

During recovery week, I had an epiphany: just as prayer rejuvenates the soul, it also rejuvenates the body. While standing still with my feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart, hands folded right over left across… Continue reading